It’s hard to imagine any scenario in which Tim Tebow is not the starting quarterback in Denver next season. He led the Broncos into the second round of the AFC Playoffs and Team President John Elway finally said Tebow was his guy, sort of. With Peyton Manning no longer in Indianapolis, however, the Broncos have their exit strategy in the Tim Tebow era if they want out. Bring in Peyton Manning and they could make a change at quarterback without Denver fans descending upon Sports Authority Field at Mile High bearing torches.
The cry for Tebow last season partially came about because Broncos fans looked at a team that was awful the year before and had a bleak future with a mediocre quarterback at the helm. Fast forward to this offseason, now the Broncos are the defending AFC West Champions and the future looks brighter. You have some pieces, most notably on defense that can be built around. You have a good coaching staff with John Fox and Jack Del Rio who have both been part of winning teams in the NFL. Mike McCoy is a good offensive coordinator that has shown he can build a successful offense around anyone. Bringing in Peyton Manning could change the Broncos from a nice story to a solid playoff contender.
A trade of Tim Tebow is not going to happen. With the quarterbacks available in this draft, the Broncos will not be able to get even close to the return they would be looking for in a deal. So with Tebow remaining on the roster, he can now learn from not only John Elway but Peyton Manning as well. Then when Manning is done, it can be “Tebow Time” once again.
The Broncos are not being mentioned as a top contender to land Manning, but they should be. Of the teams that are believed to be in the sweepstakes, Denver is one of the best. The Broncos are a better team than Washington, Kansas City, or Arizona. The Jets may be better than Denver, but it seems odd that Peyton would want to be in the same town as his brother Eli.
Many are suggesting that weather will be a factor and that, among other things, is a big reason why Miami is heavily favored by Las Vegas in their odds. While Denver cannot match Miami’s weather, it would be in Peyton’s best interest to face Tom Brady only once during the regular season rather than competing with him for a division title.
Another factor that will not be picked up by many media outlets is Manning’s relationship with Colorado Rockies’ First Baseman
Todd Helton. Both were quarterbacks at Tennessee and are very good friends. If Denver goes after Manning, you can be sure that he will call up his buddy to ask about working in Colorado.
The city of Denver has been looking for John Elway’s replacement for years now. Tim Tebow could be that guy down the road, but Peyton Manning is that guy now and the Broncos would be foolish not to try everything they can to put Number 18 in blue and orange.