Monday, March 19, 2012

Broncos Signing Peyton, Trading Tebow

And there we have it: Peyton Manning has picked the Denver Broncos -- whose top executive John Elway pursued him with a passion that he never had for Tim Tebow. According to ESPN, Tim Tebow will be traded.

The Tebow Era in Denver is over. Where it continues instantly becomes the biggest story in sports.

A few snap judgments:

*Anyone who didn't see this coming hasn't been paying attention to the way John Elway has acted since Week 1.

*Betting on Peyton Manning returning from a year away with a neck injury is the biggest "if" in sports history. I guess they figure if Peyton goes down, they'll pull a Colts and "Splat for Matt [Barkley]."

*Where will Tebow end up? Well, the Jaguars just signed Chad Henne, to back up last season's first-round pick Blaine Gabbert. Unlikely he ends up there. (But you never know.) Peter King posits that he ends up on a team with a coach secure in his own stature -- the Patriots and Ravens come to mind. The fact is, teams will be able to get Tebow for a 3rd-round draft pick -- the question is: Do they want the hysteria that comes with him?

Ironically, there isn't a better teammate in the league than Tebow. He will do his best, no matter what the situation is -- what roster couldn't use that kind of presence? I wouldn't be scared away by the media frenzy -- I would focus on the value Tebow adds to any roster.

More later. Much much more.

-- Dan

50 comments:

  1. For the love of all things holy, please not the Patriots.

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    1. I agree. Please please please God don't make me root for the Patriots. I think this is a positive development. For some reason, I always felt Denver wasn't his permanent team. Even during the winning streak, it felt temporary. It's all good. The drama is annoying, but it'll pass and he'll play for a team that wants him. The Bible promises fiery trials and tribulation, not an easy ride through life. It's all good.

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  2. And, wouldn't it make sense to keep Tebow so he can learn from Manning?

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  3. Would love to see him in Miami - Philbin/Sherman both former Packer coaches, an organization that has consistently developed good quarterbacks. While the base West Coast Offense may not be Tebow's best fit, good coaches fit a system around their players (like Belichick year in and year out), and a West Coast variation with a Tebow-Bush-Bess triple option attack could be devastating.

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  4. Please let him land somewhere he will be appreciated..and can play, I don't want to see him somewhere he rides pine indefinitely.

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  5. Shock. Dismay. Elway got his way.

    Does the front office really believe the paparazzi palooza has ended?

    Time to get a new #15 jersey...

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  6. This is a blessing in disguise, trust me. It'll all work out for the best. I'm more concern with what he's going to rename is dog to. Jag? Pat? Bill? lol

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    1. "This is a blessing in disguise, trust me. It'll all work out for the best."

      I think so, too, but I think it's going to take awhile. In the meantime, just like last year before about halfway through the winning streak, his haters in the media are going to be having a great time rubbing his nose in it.

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    2. Yah, it might take a while, but that's okay. I guess I'm one of the few people who thinks a trade is good news. I like Denver but he just wasn't getting the support he needed there. Didn't seem like a good environment for him. I'm not concern about haters. They're contributing to Tebowmania whether they realize it or not. I would actually be concern if there aren't any Tebow haters.

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  7. I think his career is over, as a quarterback anyhow. No team in their right mind will use him as a starter or backup QB because HE STINKS at throwing passes. His skill set is best used as a situational option/wildcat QB and maybe on trick plays.

    but the bigger issue is Tim Tebow = DISTRACTION. with the media and all. just look at the reaction from his (former) Broncos teammates over the Peyton news

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  8. I'm really interested in where Tebow's going to go. It might well be much worse than the Broncos. They never wanted to bet on Tim, but once they had no choice last year, McCoy and Fox seemed to put together some excellent game plans, adding plays each week to maximize Tebow's strengths. McCoy had a great relationship with him; he gave an interview during the winning streak in which he said something like, "Every morning I wake up with the thought, 'How can I help Tim Tebow to be successful?'" If he goes to a team that wants him only as a backup, or wants to change his position, well... I'm not holding my breath for another magical season. I'm hoping for one, though. :)

    BTW, I wonder if teams are really as afraid of Tebowmania as fans on messageboards say they are. I'm not sure Tebow really would be such a big distraction, except to folks like us who get on the internet and talk about him all the time. :) Sure, he'll get headlines if he starts and wins games, but if he just sits on the pine they won't write many stories about him. (Unless his new team's starting QB goes 1-4.)

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    1. Rachel: It most likely *will* be a team worse than the Broncos. Elway's certainly not going to want Tim to succeed-that would make Elway look bad. So, at best, he'll simply send Tim to the highest bidder (& most teams that are in the market for a QB are either bad or mediocre) or, at worst, intentionally send him to a team that's bad. I know it's crazy & impossible, but I'd still like Tim to be able to stay in Denver & learn from observing Peyton.

      The irony is that Tim himself isn't the distraction. It's his popularity, & a very small, but vocal (& obnoxious) percentage of his fan base that are the distraction. Tebow himself, as Dan said, is a great teammate to have, according to his teammates & coaches.

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    2. I haven't heard anything about Elway that makes me think he's petty enough to screw Tim over to make himself look better. I think he probably likes Tebow as a person; he has no reason not to. And he was decent when Kyle Orton demanded a trade, granting the request even though he knew it could come back to hurt the Broncos. In any case, I doubt Elway will worry about getting shown up because he's not much of a Tebow believer.

      But you're right; the teams that might offer the most aren't the good teams, and I doubt they'll have smart, stable management and great coaches.

      I don't see how Tim can progress as a second stringer. In his interviews from the 2011 season, he often talked about how much he'd been able to improve *since becoming the starter*, because he was getting actual game experience and because he was playing against the first-team defense in practice. That's what really helped him get better, and that's what he won't get if Petyon's the starter.

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    3. "I haven't heard anything about Elway that makes me think he's petty enough to screw Tim over to make himself look better."

      I hope you're right about that.

      And you're definitely right about Tim improving from getting the reps & game time of being the starter.

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    4. I really wasn't sure, but I just watched the Peyton/Elway press conference and Elway actually got emotional when talking about Tim-- his voice got rough several times. And now I read this tweet from Vic Lombardi who just intereviewed Elway: "Elway told me he's trying to do right by Tebow. Appreciates what he's done. I think he'll do his best to help him get back home to Florida." So hopefully things will work out! (Not sure if either Jax or Miami will be good situations for Tebow, but here's hoping!)

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  9. Anyplace other than Denver would be better for Tim's sake. Heck, what does a guy have to do to get a little respect? The fan base here is mostly still mesmorized by the myth of Elway as an instant, pro bowl QB (who took over a decade to develop)so developing Tim over the next couple of years isn't something they're likely to endure. Hope Tim ends up with a top notch team with a great, competant coaching staff...something he never had here.

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    1. 100% agree. Anyplace but Denver. The call playing was terrible. It was frustrating to watch. Besides, Denver is not the bastion of Christianity that people think. Just because Focus on the Family's HQ is there doesn't mean anything. Research the images at the Denver airport and you'll know what I'm talking about.

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    2. My bad, I meant Colorado is not the bastion of Christianity, not Denver specifically. Another reason why I didn't feel right about Denver were some of the pre-game interviews. It made me cringe when Shannon Sharpe asked Tebow if Elway/Fox supported him, and he had to dodge the question. Awkward. Or when Fox sidestepped the question when asked if Tebow is their guy for the future, and this was following the 6 game winning streak. There was so much uncertainty. I would like him to play for a team where they don't have to deal with these types of questions from the media.

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  10. Just spent an hour reading tons of Tebow articles and bookmarking the ones with the most pessimistic analyses of his trade value and NFL future. I hope to go back to them in a year and smile. :)

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