Did Denver Bronco fans ever really love Tim Tebow? Don’t pretend to not know what I’m talking about?
Where is all of the self-righteous indignation that came about when John Elway, the Bronco’s general manager, was courting future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning? What happened to the billboard signs and the legion of fans clamoring for a change?
As a matter a fact, since Manning has come into town and taken over the reins I haven’t heard one, ‘just give Tebow a chance,’ ‘he just wins,’ or my favorite, ‘there’s just something special about him.’
To be honest, there is something special about Tebow. He doesn’t have the ability to complete passes like other quarterbacks in this league, yet he has won and he has a following like no other.
While Manning has brought a consistent passing attack back to Denver, things haven’t been all peaches and cream in the Mile High City. Just six games into the season, the Broncos sit at .500.
The passing offense that eluded the team most of last season under Tebow, has grown exponentially with Manning. Attempts, completions and interceptions are all on pace to be much higher. This early in the season, Manning already has 1808 yards compared to Tebow’s 1729 yards for all of last season.
To say that Tebow was unconventional in the way he played the position of quarterback would be an understatement.
Any bystander can see that Manning has vastly improved this team’s passing attack. The chances of getting a more balanced attack this year are all but assured.
This year’s Broncos look nothing like last years team and threatens to be the team to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
But, even with all the improvements, something just doesn’t feel right about the team. Last year when I watched the games, (and it was often because of the Tebowmania) it wasn’t because the product was better than what is on the field now. I watched because I didn’t know what I was going to get with Tebow on the field.
Tebow could play almost a full game and do nothing. He could play dreadfully up to the very end and win the game in the last minute of the last drive of the game and we, as spectators, couldn’t take our eyes away.
I love watching Peyton Manning on the field. There are few quarterbacks in the game who play the position as well. Win or lose, I know what I’m getting every time Manning lines up under center to take over the offense.
The Broncos got exactly what they wanted when they won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. They stabilized the quarterback position with arguably the league’s best passer, but in doing so they lost the unpredictability of, which Tebow would show up — Tim Tebow the great or Tim Tebow the horrible.
Spectators simply never knew what Tebow was going to do and that was great all by itself.