Posted March 08, 2012

Tim Tebow’s presence hinders Broncos’ chances at Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Would Peyton Manning want to be surrounded by Tebowmania? It doesn't seem likely. (Kellen Micah/ICON SMI)

Peyton Manning, when healthy, is a better quarterback than Tim Tebow. That is an indisputable truth, one that no one — not even Tebow’s biggest fans — could possibly argue against. So it should come as no surprise that all indications are the Broncos will kick the tires on Manning as the QB hits free agency.

Even at the risk of making the team’s slightly awkward marriage with Tebow even more convoluted, Pat Bowlen, John Elway and the rest of the Broncos brass owe it to the franchise to see if Manning, for some reason, would make Denver his next stop.

The guess here? No chance Manning actually winds up a Bronco.

Denver has emerged as a dark-horse choice to land Manning, but this does not feel like the type of situation the long-time Colts quarterback would want to end his career in. Manning has not tipped his hand much, but two factors are believed to be driving his thoughts: 1. He wants to play for a contender; 2. He’d like to find a home that’s as drama-free as possible.

The latter issue is why many pundits are scratching the Redskins (same division as Eli Manning) and Jets (same city as Eli) off the list. There’s even been some word that Peyton would like to avoid the NFC altogether, so he and his brother don’t have to battle for a Super Bowl berth.

The Broncos, as an AFC team, won’t stand in the way of a Giants playoff berth … but a drama-free franchise? Hardly.

Denver turned into the center of the football universe during the 2011 season, as its Tebow-fueled turnaround captured fans’ imaginations and crossed the line into overkill in media coverage. Now, let’s just think for a second what would have to happen for Manning to take over as the Broncos’ quarterback.

First and foremost, the Broncos would have to bench or trade Tebow. It’s amazing to think about, given Manning’s track record, but in either scenario, given how crazy Denver fans are for Tebow, Manning would be held up in comparison to what Tebow did as a starter.

Say Manning steps in, looks to be at a little less than 100 percent and opens 3-3. There would be, without question, calls for the Broncos to pull the trigger and get Tebow back into the lineup.

Just recently, at the NFL combine, Elway said: “We’re hoping that [Tebow]’s going to be the guy for a long, long time.” For all his naysayers and critics, Tebow went 8-5 as a starter last year, with a playoff win over Pittsburgh in the mix.

Manning doesn’t need, want or deserve that kind of scrutiny.

Heaven forbid Denver try to pull Manning in favor of a Tebow-friendly short-yardage package at some point. Suffice it to say, that would not sit well with Manning.

Lest you think Manning would be able to put up with all that for a shot at a championship, it’s worth pointing out that the Broncos may be more than a veteran quarterback away from winning it all.

This team was more of the overachieving sort in 2011 than dominant. Even if the Broncos somehow landed Manning, it would take some substantial upgrades at several spots — safety, cornerback and wide receiver, to name a few — for them to be considered one of the AFC favorites.

Could Denver bridge all those gaps? Would the team, even with a projected boatload of money to spend in free agency, be willing to use it?

Those questions pale in comparison, though, to the issue of how Manning and Tebow would coexist. Given all the hubbub surrounding his rehab and release from Indianapolis, Manning will be hard-pressed to find a situation quite like what he had with the Colts. That said, he would still like to find some relative peace and quiet on a team with a chance to win the Super Bowl.

We can talk about the Broncos’ roster deficiencies all we want — and even if the Broncos added Manning’s favorite receiver, free agent Reggie Wayne, to go with Demaryius Thomas, they would need another weapon or two — but the simple fact is that Tebow’s presence makes the Manning-to-Denver possibility a far-fetched one.

0 comments

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Tim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningCNNWould Peyton Manning want to be surrounded by Tebowmania? It doesn't seem likely. (Kellen Micah/ICON SMI) Peyton Manning, when healthy, is a better quarterback than Tim Tebow. That is an indisputable truth, one that no one — not even Tebow's biggest …Peyton Manning to choose new team within a week, report statesThe Star-Ledger – NJ.comPeyton Manning story offers NFL distraction from BountygateUSA TODAYThe Peyton Manning free-agent firestorm could end up burning some front-office …Yahoo! SportsWashington Post (blog) -SportingNews.com -New York Times (blog)all 6,955 news articles » [...]

  2. [...] for that championship cigar again, they'll likely be saying goodbye to their presumed …Tim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comPeyton-Palooza as Teams Start to Bid for ManningABC NewsPeyton Manning sweepstakes: Chiefs [...]

  3. [...] No. 18 really be Denver-bound? Not with the looming specter of Tebowmania, Chris Burke writes. Read More [...]

  4. [...] for that championship cigar again, they'll likely be saying goodbye to their presumed …Tim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comPeyton-Palooza as Teams Start to Bid for ManningABC NewsPeyton Manning sweepstakes: Chiefs [...]

  5. [...] for that championship cigar again, they'll likely be saying goodbye to their presumed …Tim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comPeyton-Palooza as Teams Start to Bid for ManningABC NewsPeyton Manning sweepstakes: Chiefs [...]

  6. [...] for that championship cigar again, they'll likely be saying goodbye to their presumed …Tim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comPeyton Manning free-agent sweepstakes beginChicago Sun-TimesFormer Dolphins QB Dan Marino says [...]

  7. [...] enough people …Tomlinson: Jets' Sanchez wouldn't want to sit behind ManningUSA TODAYTim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comReport: 12 teams, including Miami Dolphins, interested in Peyton ManningMiamiHerald.comChicago [...]

  8. [...] enough people …Tomlinson: Jets' Sanchez wouldn't want to sit behind ManningUSA TODAYTim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comPeyton Manning free-agent sweepstakes beginChicago Sun-TimesBoston.com -FOXSports.comall [...]

  9. [...] enough people …Tomlinson: Jets' Sanchez wouldn't want to sit behind ManningUSA TODAYTim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comReport: 12 teams, including Miami Dolphins, interested in Peyton ManningMiamiHerald.comChicago [...]

  10. [...] off years but …Tomlinson: Jets' Sanchez wouldn't want to sit behind ManningUSA TODAYTim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comReport: 12 teams, including Miami Dolphins, interested in Peyton ManningMiamiHerald.comChicago [...]

  11. [...] to Original Content From SI.com: read more Related Articles Share About Author [...]

  12. [...] Ultimate sports 1 This entry was posted in Industry News and tagged broncos, chicago, denver, digital, [...]

  13. [...] The Odd Couple One surprise team has reportedly emerged in the race for Peyton Manning. But could No. 18 really be Denver-bound? Not with the looming specter of Tebowmania, Chris Burke writes. [...]

  14. [...] According to a recent article on SI.com, the Denver Broncos have no chance at signing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. And there’s only one man to blame: Tim Tebow. [...]

  15. [...] Tim Tebow’s presence hinders Broncos’ chances at Peyton Manning – SI.com [...]

  16. [...] site: Chris Burke: Would Broncos make sense for Manning? Posted in Sports Tags: archives, Basketball, Broncos, Career, chicago, Chris Burke, denver, [...]

  17. [...] Topics: Peyton Manning Bubble Watch Bryce Harper College Football Reform Swimsuit [...]

  18. [...] Topics: Peyton Manning Bubble Watch Bryce Harper College Football Reform Swimsuit [...]

  19. [...] Park on SaturdayTampabay.comManning and Tebow on same team?CBSSports.com (blog)Denver Post -SI.com -International Business Timesall 106 news [...]

  20. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  21. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  22. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  23. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  24. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  25. [...] and Tebow on same team?CBSSports.com (blog)International Business Times -Denver Post -SI.comall 116 news [...]

  26. [...] at RG3 than ManningCBSSports.com (blog)Peyton Manning mural at Lucas Oil Stadium to stay upNFL NewsTim Tebow's presence hinders Broncos' chances at Peyton ManningSI.comYahoo! Sports (blog) -New York Times -San Jose Mercury Newsall 1,875 news [...]

  27. [...] Topics: Peyton Manning Bubble Watch Hanley Ramirez NFL Suspensions College Football Reform Swimsuit [...]

  28. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  29. [...] for, so obviously, someone would miss out. As mentioned earlier at Audibles, Manning-to-Denver poses way too many problems. Selecting Weeden would allow Denver to enter camp with Tebow as its No. 1, but with a mature, [...]

  30. [...] if Peyton Manning Goes to DenverNFL SoupMyFox Philadelphia -International Business Times -SI.comall 2,375 news [...]