Buckle up, this might be a little ugly – and it’s about football, so some of you who usually read stuff here won’t give a rip. Feel free to go read something else, skip this post, and know that you’re not missing anything too earth shattering. Sorry, but I’ve gotta spit out some opinions out before I choke on them.
Keep in mind they’re just the opinions of some guy with a keyboard and internet access. I’m not a football coach. I’m not a football player. I’m not a football talent scout. But I’ve been a fan of the Denver Broncos since I could sit still (sort of still) long enough to watch games in my grandma’s living room. I get the Broncos making what could possibly be the biggest free agent acquisition ever. Peyton Manning is a great quarterback. I get it. Any other year since John Elway retired, I would have been ecstatic to see Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform.
But something changed last year for this team. This was only from the outside looking in, but it looked like the team had something they’d been missing since about 1998. It looked like they had heart. And it showed up the day Tim Tebow stepped into the game. They still had boneheaded breakdowns and suspect holes in certain areas – but the team was different. The Broncos were exciting to watch again. Most of the games had an excitement level to them that hadn’t been around since Helicopter #7 flew over the Packers.
It is undeniable that Tim Tebow was a huge factor in bringing that excitement. I suppose, technically, some idiot could deny it, but hey… we were all watching and it was obvious. This smaller market team was the talk of the football nation again. Jerseys were selling, seats were full, and fans were screaming. But I think that’s where the wheels fell off.
I think the Broncos have made a mistake trading away Tim Tebow. I know, for his sake, he’s probably better off with a chance to compete for the starting job. I know, he would not have that opportunity with Peyton Manning in town. But I also think he’s a strong enough person to override his own ego and wait. I think John Fox is a creative enough coach to get them both on the field. (Could you imagine a backfield with Manning and Tebow both a few yards behind center? No defense could game plan for that!) I think it could have worked.
But again, I’m just some guy with a keyboard, what do I know?
I know Denver gave up a great player for a 4th round draft pick. Can you name me a 4th round draft pick that’s had a bigger impact in Denver in the last decade than Tim Tebow had last season? (Dumervil from 2006 is the only 1 I can come up with.) If that’s all they were going to get, they should have just kept him. He’s a big boy and would’ve handled not being the starter for a while, just like he did at Florida as a freshman. So… quick recap:
- 1-4 record
- Replace Orton with Tebow
- 7-4 in the remaining 11 games
- Win a playoff game for the first time in WAY too long
- National media
- Tickets selling
- Jerseys selling