Sunday, March 11, 2012

Peyton Manning vs. Tim Tebow, Cont'd

At this point, let's hope that the Broncos sign Peyton Manning and trade Tim Tebow to a team that actually wants him (ie, Jacksonville), because this situation is brutal.

It's funny to read the "reports" that the Broncos would get rid of Tebow if Manning came in -- what, exactly, is the other choice? Keep Tebow? Relegate him from starting QB of a playoff team to backup for the next 2-3 years? (Or 2-3 games until Manning snaps in half.)

The best-case scenario for Tebow is that he gets traded to a team that actually wants him.

The worst-case scenario is that Peyton Manning picks the Cardinals and Tebow is left playing for a team president and coach who so obviously don't want him there.

-- Dan

11 comments:

  1. What I fear is Manning and Tebow stuck together on the Broncos, and some of Tebow's prime years wasted on the bench. There's a notion that Tebow will learn from Peyton Manning and be better for it. But nothing would help Tebow improve more than starting the games himself. People are nuts if they think being stuck behind Manning will be good for Tebow's progression.

    But I expect that, as you say, the Broncos will trade Tebow if they get Peyton. It's not like they can have Manning for now and keep Tebow for the future. Say they sign Manning for three years-- Tebow's contract would be up at the same time as Manning retires, and why would he want to re-sign with the team that never believed in him and wasted his youth? So I expect to see the Broncos get what they can for Tebow now.

    It might be too much to hope for, but I'm hoping Tim ends up with a decent team that will go all in on him. If that should happen, wouldn't it be great fun to watch? And wouldn't it also be great fun to see how Manning does in Denver? What a game if they got to play against each other!

    Not sure Jacksonville would trade for Tebow-- I know the new owner said he would have drafted him, but the general manager apparently isn't a fan.

    I'm really surprised that the news articles and analysis I've seen are mostly ignoring what a risk it is to sign Manning. I like him (great commercials!) and hope he does well, but I don't think I'd want to risk everything on a 36-year-old with an iffy neck.

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    1. Neck is not iffy, but the nerves are.

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  2. This is all exactly like last year's preseason. EFX, & many Broncos fans, are wanting to go w/someone other than Tim because the other guy "gives us the best chance to win", Tebow fans are furious & wanting Tim to demand a trade, etc.

    IMO the worst-case scenario would be if Tim were to get traded to a team that just wanted to sell tickets & weren't interested in, or capable of, molding the offense to suit him.

    Also, as I said in an earlier comment, do Manning & Elway want to be known as the 2 jerks who ran the most popular player in the NFL out of Denver? Elway probably doesn't care about his marketability, and would certainly LOVE to be rid of Tebowmania, but Peyton might still care about his marketability. I've already been seeing Broncos fans saying that they're fine w/getting Peyton, but they don't want to lose Tim. The fans will only start chanting for Tebow if Peyton doesn't play well. And, just in case Peyton were to play badly or get injured, wouldn't EFX be smart to have an inexpensive backup around that they know is capable of winning, albeit w/a wonky offensive system? Yet, Tim will still *have* to be traded, mostly b/c Elway wants him gone. It's all so weird...

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  3. Interesting point, that this is like last year's preseason!

    All the more reason for me to long for the drama to end. I want to see Tim on a team that believes in him.

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  4. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think Manning is seriously considering Denver. I think the whole thing is a ruse set up by his agent so they have more negotiating leverage with other teams. Their first stop is Denver of all places? Home of Tebow mania so the press can run with the story and make headlines? Give me a break. What's sad is that all this drama is probably for nothing because Denver probably won't get Manning and the casualty is Tebow, who once again is put in the awkward position of knowing how Elway/Fox/Xander really feels about him.

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  5. You're deluding yourself if you think Elway wouldn't jettison Tebow in a Mile High millisecond if Peyton liked the Broncos. This would give Elway the perfect excuse to get rid of Tebow. If Tim goes to Jacksonville, then his fan base travels with him.

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  6. Or is Elway doing this to get Tebow to ask to be traded?

    I like what Jason Gay of WSJ said, "But just because it's smart [to sign Manning] doesn't mean it isn't tacky."

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    1. That's what I thought as well, that perhaps Elway is trying to get Tebow to ask for a trade. He won't tho :(. If the Manning deal falls thru which I think it will, I'm hoping for a mutual agreement between Tim and Broncos to go their separate ways. Somebody wake me up when this is all over.

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  7. I hope Tim leaves the Broncos regardless of Manning. This whole thing is ridiculous; and Tebow - the best thing to happen to the Broncos in a long time - is the only casualty here. I am not saying Tebow is perfect, but he works hard and he is just starting, he doesn't need to learn from anyone - he needs to get out there and play football as QB1 for a team that believes in him.

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  8. Even if Peyton chooses another team, Elway & Co. have effectively shafted Tebow:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AueVj..9mnl4uHTVGJAN3WZDubYF?slug=ms-silver_tim_tebow_peyton_manning_broncos_031212

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  9. Well Tebow won't be changed by the so called slight, he will just work harder to prove that he is a QB.
    The NFL is just a business and this is just more of the same.

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