I'm The Only Broncos Fan Not Excited About Manning
So Peyton Manning is signing with my Denver Broncos. He's a four time MVP, led the Indianapolis Colts to seven AFC South division championships, two AFC championships, and to a Super Bowl championship. His numbers are legendary. Denver could use some leadership in this position.
I should be elated. But I'm not.
Part of it is that I'm genuinely worried about Manning's next few years. I'd say he has three good years tops, assuming his -- what -- four neck surgeries in 18 months turned out all right. I'm not even sure he should be playing and I'm worried he's going to disappoint a bit after a year on the sidelines.
And where will the Broncos be after his three-year run? Who knows? Our management hasn't exactly done the best job of cultivating the bench in recent years.
Also, I'm shocked that I'm saying this, but I'm disappointed that we will lose Tim Tebow. I was not an original Tebow fan and (dare I say) I find some of his more enthusiastic backers to be a bit much.
But I grew to love him and I think he's completely undervalued as a player. I get it. He's young, he's messy, his arm is completely erratic. But I haven't enjoyed Broncos games like last year's second half of the season since Elway was at the helm. He is such a dramatically better player now than when he was drafted. Someone agrees with me:
What NFL people should realize is that regardless of the doubts they had about Tebow going into the draft two years ago, he is a far more polished player now. He has always had an ability to dazzle with his knowledge. Denver coaches and executives in the Broncos room at the draft combine in 2010 were stunned by his ability to not only break down his offense at the University of Florida but theirs too … and San Diego’s and New England’s. They said they had never seen a college quarterback do such a thing.
No player spent as much time studying either. When he finally left the Broncos practice facility to go home at night, Tebow carried with him stacks of DVDs of different offenses that he would watch over and over, often calling his coaches several times at night to ask about things he noticed on the screen. He worked for hours before and during practice on his footwork, based on the Elway belief that if he had the proper balance he would make more accurate throws.
Someone should pick him up and give him another chance. I suspect they won't be disappointed.
And I'll do my best to get behind Manning. I just hope Elway has a plan for what happens a couple of years from now.