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Broncos Make Tebow Haters Happy
The Christian Diarist ^ | March 20, 2012 | JP

Posted on 03/20/2012 7:47:26 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Tom Brady got his actress girlfriend pregnant out of wedlock, then promptly dumped her for a new model girlfriend – whom the New England Patriots quarterback married instead of the mother of his child.

Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assault by a 20-year-old college student who said the Pittsburgh Steelers QB followed her into the ladies room of a Georgia night club and had his way with her. That followed a previous accusation that “Big Ben” sexually assualted a 31-year-old casino host at a Lake Tahoe hotel.

As reprehensible the behavior of both Brady and Roethlisberger, neither pro footballer experienced the kind of hateration directed at Tim Tebow because the second-year Denver Broncos QB dared to publicly profess his Christian faith.

Well, now the Tebow haters have something to slap high fives about. The Broncos have decided to replace their gritty young quarterback with former Indiana Colts signal caller Peyton Manning.

Never mind that Tebow took the Broncos from worst to first in the AFC West this past season, orchestrating six improbable late-game comeback victories in the process. Never mind that No. 15 – who had the second-best selling NFL jersey last year – led Denver to the second round of the playoffs, after besting Roethlisberger’s Steelers in the opening round.

Broncos management said it just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to acquire free agent Manning, who had a Hall of Fame career with the Colts, but who is attempting to come back from a neck injury that required four surgeries, and which kept him sidelined all of last season.

Of course, it’s the Broncos prerogative to sign or deal players as management sees fit. But the duplicity with which the club has dealt with Tebow leaves a lasting stain upon the franchise.

Back in November, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said of Tebow, “I believe he’ll be a great one.

In January, Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway said, “I think Tim has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp.”

And, just last month, Broncos Head Coach John Fox said of Tebow, “He is going to be a great quarterback in this league.”

I’m sure Bowlen, Elway and Fox will maintain that they meant what they said (when they said it). But the actions of the NFL club reveal what truly was in the hearts of the three men.

So there will be no Tebowing in Denver next football season. If Broncos management reaps what it has sown, the team will return to worst from first in its division.


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KEYWORDS: belongsinbloggers; blogpimp; denverbroncos; peytonmanning; tebowisntjesus; timtebow
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To: skeeter

It’s NOT personal opinion, it’s STATISTICS. Here look at his stats:
http://www.nfl.com/player/timtebow/497135/gamelogs

Now ignore the praying and the kneeling and the cross JUST look at the stats. Is that your QB of the future if you have any real choice? Just based on the stats is THAT the guy you keep? Without even looking at Peyton Manning as your replacement. Even in his wins his stats are horrible. He’s just plain not a good QB, he’s got to dramatically improve his game to have a promising future, those are the plainly obvious facts, not opinion.


51 posted on 03/20/2012 9:17:09 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu

But this Hall of Famer has a very chancey neck injury, is 36 and sat out the last season...
so you throw over a QB who got you to the play-offs, however inconsistently ????


52 posted on 03/20/2012 9:18:09 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: circlecity
Seems to me Tebow might be a good fit in Miami.

It would be great to have Tim in Miami, except the Dolphin's organization is incompetent, and they just hired a coach from Green Bay to run a West Coast offense and get Matt Flynn, who has already signed with Seattle.

53 posted on 03/20/2012 9:20:47 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: matginzac

Only reason Tebow got them to the playoffs is the AFCW is horrible. He finished them in an 8-8 three way tie that got them in on tie-breakers. Faced with a win and you’re in week 17 against a KC team so bad they’d already fired the coach he completed 6 passes. And let’s not forget the defense, they greatly reduced their points allowed per game, which had a lot more to do with those wins than Tebow. Keep that defense get a real QB and they could beat the good teams in the league, not just their AFCW rivals and Minnesota.


54 posted on 03/20/2012 9:23:10 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Are the Broncos getting rid of Tebow? I didn’t hear that. Plus, Manning is far from a sure thing given his neck problems. I think they brought him in as a mentor for the young guy. If they did that, it was a smart thing to do.


55 posted on 03/20/2012 9:23:10 AM PDT by Antoninus (The less virtuous a people, the greater its need for laws.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
"... Does ANYONE think that the NFL is going to allow Manning to get seriously injured on the field?

On the other hand does ANYONE think that opposing players are not going to try and take him out?"

I think the answer to your first question should come from the Broncos offensive line, what with their offensive tackles' high vulnerability to giving up sacks.

Looking at the Broncos 2012 schedule, I think the answer to your second question might be answered by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

Peyton Manning historically hasn't taken many sacks because he gets rid of the ball pretty darn fast and because the Colts built a team around doing little else but protecting him while he throws (partly explaining why they went 2-14 when Peyton sat out last season), but I think that's about to change. He's about to experience something he's never had to deal with.

56 posted on 03/20/2012 9:24:42 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Oberon

Second year quarter back.


57 posted on 03/20/2012 9:24:53 AM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV))
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To: discostu

I see your logic...
and will be interested to see if your theory plays out...
but will no longer be rooting for the Broncs...
and *sniff* Peyton.


58 posted on 03/20/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: discostu

Cool numbers, now mention the fact he helped get his team into the second round of the playoffs.


59 posted on 03/20/2012 9:28:20 AM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV))
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To: Mathews

Don’t forget that defense. They reduced their average points allowed by 15 points a game. It’s a 53 man roster, no one guy wins the game.


60 posted on 03/20/2012 9:29:58 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: skeeter

Not a rookie.


61 posted on 03/20/2012 9:31:01 AM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV))
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To: skeeter

“Because Payton Manning is a 36 year old with chronic neck problems, and Tebow is a healthy rookie with a very promising future.”

With the number of hits he takes, Tebow is at least as big an injury risk as a 36-yr-old Manning. While I would agree that Tebow has a promising future, I would say that his future as a starting NFL quarterback is “questionable” or “to be determined” rather than “promising.” The odds of Manning being a great QB again for the next 2 years are better than the odds of Tebow being even an average one.


62 posted on 03/20/2012 9:31:28 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Cinnamontea

Those are completely different situations. Th Colts let him go, as well as the GM and coaching staff. They decided to go in a different direction as a long term project, accepting short term loss with the potential of long term success. They also got real lucky that a spectacular prospect came along for them to snag up. But I would bet their new coach would rather have Peyton suit up game 1 than Luck.

The Broncos, with a stout defense, emrging WR and a pretty good OL with All Pro potential are in a win now mode. Manning helps you do that. The NFL is a win now league. This is not a personal decision because of Tebow’s lifestyle. That is just what people want it to be, because otherwise they have to admit that Peyton is better than Tebow.


63 posted on 03/20/2012 9:37:07 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: matginzac

Nothing is ever guaranteed in the world of sports. Could turn out that Peyton really is only fit for a dome team. Could be that this off season Tebow puts all the pieces together to become the best scrambling QB since Elway. But the stats we have so far say they made the right move.


64 posted on 03/20/2012 9:37:58 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: FReepaholic
Now I don't care who you are, that was funny right there.


65 posted on 03/20/2012 9:39:28 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: slumber1
Just business heh? They must be some really bad business people! Who in their right mind would hire an aging 13 year QB with happy feet in the backfield, who can't throw deep, can't even throw a spiral. Who would hire a guy who didn't play at all last year, who had 4 neck surgeries along the way, can't scramble, and doesn't know their system.

Dummies, that's who!

66 posted on 03/20/2012 9:43:13 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: discontinue

Don’t forget to apologize at the end of this coming season when you’re lamenting ever having signed Manning. Cause I’ll be looking for it!


67 posted on 03/20/2012 9:44:40 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Oberon

What, so Manning can teach him how to throw a wobbly duck, or how NOT to throw, or how to work those happy feet in the backfield, or how NOT to scramble? Yeh, that should teach Tebow really well!


68 posted on 03/20/2012 9:46:58 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
Hey, how would you like to be the DE who PARALYZES Manning! You were heading for the HoF except you made Manning a quadriplegic!
69 posted on 03/20/2012 9:49:17 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Doc Savage
Who in their right mind would hire an aging 13 year QB with happy feet in the backfield, who can't throw deep, can't even throw a spiral

Do you mean because they already have a QB who can't throw deep and can't throw a spiral? Come on man if they get one or two decent years out of Manning this is a no brainer
70 posted on 03/20/2012 10:07:03 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It makes me sick. Tebow worked so hard to take the team to the playoffs and he got stabbed in the back by my hero John Benedict Arnold Elway. Yes Payton is a hall of famer but Tebow made us all believe maybe god did love the good guy for once. Bronco fan for 28 yrs and now a sad fan.. God Speed Tim!


71 posted on 03/20/2012 10:14:11 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: discostu

I think Tebow would make a good NFL tight end.


72 posted on 03/20/2012 10:14:59 AM PDT by Borges
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To: arrdon

It was a business decision and Denver knows what it knows. It is a big decision for them to go for Manning. It could blow up big time in their face. As for Tebow, he will manage, I assume, because of his deep faith. He can handle the unexpected and being unwanted. I figure he also knows football is a business. I doubt if Tebow’s support will wane, because it is based on more than football. Manning needs our prayers, because I think he is putting himself way out there on the limb.


73 posted on 03/20/2012 10:15:33 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: Cinnamontea

Sorry but you’re missing half the equation.

The Colts situation was strictly business as Manning was due a $28 million bonus merely for being on the roster. Jim Irsay, Manning et al knew the team wouldn’t be rebuilt and competitive within the time window Manning had left so they parted by mutual agreement.

‘Tebow made the playoffs’ is the favored cry in many quarters but many mediocre or worse teams have done the same e.g. San Diego Chargers. The divisional alignments and the wild card system produce some marginal playoff qualifiers and anyone who watched the Broncos ride their luck into the postseason can’t - or shouldn’t - credit Tebow with opponents mismanaging clock etc.

How can Elway have made a lousy business decision if he gets a top-flight quarterback for a relative bargain? There’s a reason multiple teams wanted Manning and why a flurry of trades will follow this signing. All of Tebow’s liabilities have not disappeared, with or without a playoff game under his belt. It’s a passing league now and any QB with attempts in the single digits per game is not going to experience sustained success.


74 posted on 03/20/2012 10:21:04 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: Borges

Probably, if he’d make the change. Being a Steelers fan I’ve unfortunately seen this play before, a solid multipurpose player with enough QB skills for a handful of gadget plays a game but should primarily be a TE/ slot receiver/ receiving RB but just won’t give up his dreams of being a QB. Stewart did some time with your Bears after we got sick of him as I recall.


75 posted on 03/20/2012 10:37:24 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu
Two years of stats in the pros are proof of the 'fact' Heisman Trophy winner Tebow will never be a standout QB?

Whatever.

76 posted on 03/20/2012 11:46:49 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Doc Savage

apologize?! I’m not following you. Why would I apologize for an NFL team making an easy call? Tebow was horrible this year as an NFL QB. It was brutally painful to watch him(and I WAS pulling for him). The Colts couldn’t afford their risk, they made the right financial call as well. Should I apologize for them as well? I have no way to know if Manning is 100%, but either way I can’t fault the Broncos for making an easy decision. He’s being replaced by an incredible player, what else should the Broncos try to do? If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out...but it is a no-brainer from a football standpoint. I’d like to see Tebow sit and watch, then get another shot... not likely to happen, I’ll admit. Either way, a religious bias decision this was not.


77 posted on 03/20/2012 12:15:30 PM PDT by discontinue
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To: skeeter

The average NFL career is 3 years, so he’s 2/3 of the way through a standard career. And most Heisman winners don’t succeed in the NFL.


78 posted on 03/20/2012 12:24:51 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu
Y'know what as annoying as 'persecuted christians' claiming a stake in Tebow's success?

Other people who seem to have an strange investment of some kind in his failure.

79 posted on 03/20/2012 12:43:51 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

I don’t have any investment in anybody’s failure. My investment is was and always will be the truth, and the current truth on Tebow is nice guy, bad QB; the stats are there, I’ve linked you to them, you can pretend they aren’t all you want but they don’t change. That doesn’t mean it’s the future truth, guys have turned it around before, a change of scenery might do him some good, might give him the same transformation it gave Jerome Bettis, or it might not. The future is an unknown, the current is well defined though, which is why they replaced him at their best opportunity to get quality, and they’ll wind up trading him away relatively cheap, and we’ll see what his new team does with him.


80 posted on 03/20/2012 12:54:55 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I’ve been a Broncos fan for decades, and I am a big fan of Tim Tebow. And even though this situation is bitter sweet, it makes football sense. Peyton Manning is arguably the best QB ever. This wasn’t like they moved Tebow for some unknown or lesser QB. That said, my second favorite team is now the Jets 100% due to Tebow, and in so far as it doesn’t make the Broncos lose I want to see the Jets win.


81 posted on 03/22/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT by Dragonspirit (Always remember President Token won only by defecting on his CFR pledge.)
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