Tim Tebow Peyton Manning
March 20, 2012 by staff
Tim Tebow Peyton Manning, On the sidelines, Tim Tebow was Tebowing after scoring yet another late touchdown. In his box upstairs, John Elway was trying his best to look excited about a quarterback he could barely stand to watch.
It was a shotgun marriage from the beginning, this unlikely pairing of a Hall of Fame passer with a quarterback who never seems comfortable in the pocket. Now they are likely to divorce, because with Peyton Manning coming aboard there’s going to be a different kind of mania sweeping the mile-high city.
For that, Bronco fans can thank the good people running the Indianapolis Colts. Without Manning on the open market, Elway likely would have been forced by popular demand to keep Tebow, just as the Broncos were finally forced to play him last year. Manning gave him an opening, and Elway reacted like the gambling quarterback he once was in landing the kind of quarterback he always wanted.
The move was brilliant, assuming Manning is healthy and remains healthy. That’s a big assumption, but Vegas oddsmakers quickly gave it their stamp of approval, lowering the odds of the Broncos winning the Super Bowl from as high as 50-1 to 10-1.
There are no odds on what happens to Tebow now. That’s too hard to predict, even for the grizzled bookies who thought by now they had seen everything in sports.
Does he remain in Denver as a backup to a quarterback who almost never took a snap off when he was healthy? Hard to imagine, especially because the new offense essentially will be Manning’s offense – no match for Tebow’s skill set. And surely Elway wouldn’t want to be in his box hearing chants of “We want Tebow” once again, should Manning somehow get off to a rocky start in Denver.
But what do you do with a wobbly armed quarterback who never seems to pick it up until the fourth quarter? A quarterback who somehow found ways to win, but whose real attraction is as an attraction who can fill seats?
Nobody’s going to offer a first-round pick for him like the one the Broncos used prior to Elway’s arrival in 2010 to select him in the first place. Nobody’s going to retool their entire offense to take advantage of his running skills when there are still so many questions about his passing skills.
And what owner – other than, maybe, newcomer Shahid Khan in Jacksonville – is going to pay a premium for a Tebowmania craze that might already be over?
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