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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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Tebow broke an unwritten NFL rule: It's okay to be a Christian, as long as you keep it in the closet.
1 posted on 03/20/2012 7:47:32 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Seems to me Tebow might be a good fit in Miami. This might easily end up being the best thing that could have happened. I’m not sure how it gives the haters any reason to crow.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 7:50:30 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

If I were Manning, I’d be carefull to stay off the field during thunder storms.


3 posted on 03/20/2012 7:52:02 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“If Broncos management reaps what it has sown, the team will return to worst from first in its division.”

I’ll be looking forward to it.


4 posted on 03/20/2012 7:55:15 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I admire Tebow but this move has nothing to do with his outspoken Christianity. It’s not personal, it’s business


5 posted on 03/20/2012 7:56:11 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It was a business decision and absolutely NOTHING to do with religion. However, I guess blaming religion is dramatic and will allow people to yell and scream for a day or two. First of all, Tebow STILL does not have a Superbowl. Manning has at least a couple. Who would you take if you were an employer? A guy who has run his own business successfully for 15 years or a guy who just graduated from college? Every decision is about money!!!!


6 posted on 03/20/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I like Tebow and what he stands for, but he won’t be the Broncos QB, not because of his religion, but because he was absolutely terrible 90% of the time. Plus, Manning may be the greatest QB ever....certainly top 10. Anyone in need of a QB would want him if he’s near 100%...and the Broncos really need a QB.


7 posted on 03/20/2012 7:58:08 AM PDT by discontinue
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I don’t think Tebow’s religion had anything to do with this. It’s Peyton Manning we’re talking about, not Curtis Painter.


8 posted on 03/20/2012 8:01:04 AM PDT by y2gordo
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Who knows what the motives were for getting rid of Tebow.

Certainly no one here knows for sure.

Personally, I'm hoping Oakland picks him up;)

9 posted on 03/20/2012 8:02:47 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
" If Broncos management reaps what it has sown, the team will return to worst from first in its division. "

But Tebow isn't Jesus.

10 posted on 03/20/2012 8:05:54 AM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a known wise-@$$ shooting with you.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

If Tebow was laying down a prayer rug every game he’d be the hottest property in the NFL.


11 posted on 03/20/2012 8:07:00 AM PDT by albie
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To: albie

Really? LOL


12 posted on 03/20/2012 8:09:42 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: slumber1

Exactly. I’m well past tired of the Billy Budd treatment. Peyton Manning is one of the best ever. If he has anything left it will be light years better to say nothing of his unparalleled knowledge of the game. An easy decision from a football perspective.


13 posted on 03/20/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Why do I care? Peyton is a great quarterback and a great entertainer; that’s what he’s paid to be. Good luck to him. It is, on the other hand, a sizeable gamble on Denvers’ part. If he crashes, it’s their a$$. One thing for sure; Tim Tebow is going to be a major winner no matter where, or if, he plays, period. Tim Tebow doesn’t need Denver, or Manning, or NFL football, to achieve fulfillment or to be a force. He already has, and is.


14 posted on 03/20/2012 8:11:06 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Love Peyton and Love Timmy...
but starting to hate Broncos to take on an iffy though proven QB by bumping a scrambler who, while not pretty on the field, got the team to the play-offs and refused to take any credit for it...
Yeah, it’s business but business without some sentiment is cold-blooded...
tell the fans to keep sentiment out of it and see what you get....


15 posted on 03/20/2012 8:11:52 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Funny thing... Tebow’s getting more press over this than Manning is. Lots of people will turn on the tube this fall to watch Tebow, wherever he goes. I wonder how many will do the same for Manning?


16 posted on 03/20/2012 8:15:20 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

This is the problem with the “persecuted” section of Christianity, they think everything bad that happens to everybody who wears a cross happens because of the cross. Meanwhile back in reality any team would chuck aside a QB with a completion percentage under 50 for Peyton Manning. Yeah Peyton is old and we can’t be sure about that neck, but he’s still Peyton Manning who has rewritten half the QB record book. And yeah Tebow is a nice guy and a team leader, but he’s still got a completion percentage that Rex Grossman could make fun of. There’s tons of wide open Christians in the NFL keeping their jobs because their good at them, Tebow is getting traded away because he isn’t good at it.


17 posted on 03/20/2012 8:15:31 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Funny thing... Tebow’s getting more press over this than Manning is. Lots of people will turn on the tube this fall to watch Tebow, wherever he goes. I wonder how many will do the same for Manning?


18 posted on 03/20/2012 8:15:31 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: skeeter

Anybody that pays attention to football knows what the motives were. When given the choice between a Hall of Famer and nice guy that doesn’t really do the job well you pick the guy bound for Canton every single time. Sucks for the nice guy, but that’s life. And meanwhile there’s plenty of teams out there that aren’t in the hunt for the playoffs that will pickup a high profile popular player just because he puts butts in the seats.


19 posted on 03/20/2012 8:19:35 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu
Tebow is getting traded away because he isn’t good at it.

Let's keep that performance in perspective... he took his team to the playoffs against the odds. Not bad for a rookie.

Lots of people seem to want to take potshots at Tebow because he's no Joe Montana. Well, he's a first-year quarterback; I'd say it's too soon to tell whether he's Joe Montana or not.

20 posted on 03/20/2012 8:20:12 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: discostu
Tebow is getting traded away because he isn’t good at it.

Let's keep that performance in perspective... he took his team to the playoffs against the odds. Not bad for a rookie.

Lots of people seem to want to take potshots at Tebow because he's no Joe Montana. Well, he's a first-year quarterback; I'd say it's too soon to tell whether he's Joe Montana or not.

21 posted on 03/20/2012 8:20:20 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon
Lots of people will turn on the tube this fall to watch Tebow, wherever he goes. I wonder how many will do the same for Manning?

I will definitely be watching whichever team gets Tebow, and I think I'll also be watching the Broncos to see how long before Manning is on the bench due to another neck injury.
22 posted on 03/20/2012 8:21:08 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Maybe I’m taking this way out on a limb with this analogy but Tebow’s treatment is reminding me some of the Bibilical figure of Joseph who was unfairly dishonored but eventually winded up with highest honor among men. Anyway— here’s wishing the best for classy Tebow wherever his next endeavors wind up.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 8:24:50 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: discostu
Its only an opinion.

For all we know, the Broncos were embarrassed by the attention/controversy generated by Tebow's outspokeness.

Given the nature of the NFL and Tebow's performance last season I don't think its unreasonable to have suspicions.

24 posted on 03/20/2012 8:28:04 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Oberon

Let’s keep that performance in perspective, he got his team to 8-8 which in that division was good enough for a 3 way tie by beating mostly teams that finished under 500 in his SECOND season in which he fumbled the ball more times than he threw TDs while his defense was giving 2 less TDs a game than they were before him.

Tebow has earned the pot shots, he’s a second year QB with atrocious career statistics: completion % - 47.3, yards per pass - 6.8, TDs - 17, INTs - 9, sacks - 39, fumbles - 14. Yeah he was showing some improvement in his 6 game win streak, but then came the season ending 3 game losing streak where-in he completed a TOTAL of 30 passes. He’s a nice guy, but he’s not a good QB, and anybody that would keep him over Peyton Manning is an idiot.


25 posted on 03/20/2012 8:30:02 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu
He’s a nice guy, but he’s not a good QB, and anybody that would keep him over Peyton Manning is an idiot.

I wouldn't advocate keeping him over Peyton Manning, but I might advocate keeping them both, and having Manning mentor Tebow.

26 posted on 03/20/2012 8:33:52 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: skeeter

It’s not an opinion, it’s stats. It’s not like they’re chucking him aside for Matt Hasslebeck, this is Peyton Manning. If the Broncos were embarrassed it was by his 30 total completions in the last 3 games of the regular season. Given the nature of the NFL and Tebow’s performance last season it’s completely ridiculous to have suspicions. 30 completed passes in 3 games. Who would keep that guy as their QB when a HOFer is available?


27 posted on 03/20/2012 8:34:13 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
That's BS. There's plenty of open Christians past and present in the NFL. This persecution complex that SOME Tebow defenders get is annoying. Tebow is not the first Christian, or first Christian QB in the NFL.

If you compare the records of Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow, there's no comparison. One's a future Hall of Famer with a Super Bowl Ring and is a coach on the field. One's an unorthodox second year player with some potential and leadership qualities. Both players are well known as good people.

Tebow may someday be a good starting QB someday, but don't turn him into Kurt Warner.

28 posted on 03/20/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I don’t think this is a Christian based decision. However, Manning is a bit long in the tooth to continue playing good ball and will probably sit the bench too much to have been worth the hassle.


29 posted on 03/20/2012 8:38:29 AM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
It's really about football. Denver wants/needs a passing quarterback like Elway was. Manning gives them that. I suspect Tebow will do better in the long run with a that wants to use his talents instead of feeling they must change the way they want to play to use Tebow.
30 posted on 03/20/2012 8:39:58 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: napscoordinator
It was a business decision and absolutely NOTHING to do with religion.

I understand that, but what I get from the article is the way that Brady did a reprehensible thing (according to decent people), and Ben was accused of assault (but never proved), and there was not much complaining by the public. Replacing Tebow with Manning has the anti-religious people in a tizzy. I think they're the ones that should be told that it's "strictly business".

31 posted on 03/20/2012 8:40:48 AM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: discostu

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


32 posted on 03/20/2012 8:41:35 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: circlecity
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God has a plan for Tim. He will come out fine even if he never plays another down.

33 posted on 03/20/2012 8:43:52 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: napscoordinator

absolutely NOTHING to do with religion.

Rightttt.. Lets go with that..


34 posted on 03/20/2012 8:44:00 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

35 posted on 03/20/2012 8:46:17 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Manning was a great QB.
Should have retired and will not want to watch any game he is in.
Does ANYONE think that the NFL is going to allow Manning to get seriously injured on the field? There will be so many phantom roughing the QB calls that he might as well be wearing a flag at the hip!
On the other hand does ANYONE think that opposing players are not going to try and take him out?
Going to be a circus instead of a football game.


36 posted on 03/20/2012 8:50:37 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

absolutely NOTHING to do with religion. // Rightttt.. Lets go with that..

I agree with Tebow on religion and I would make this move.


37 posted on 03/20/2012 8:54:31 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Darren McCarty
" That's BS. There's plenty of open Christians past and present in the NFL. This persecution complex that SOME Tebow defenders get is annoying. Tebow is not the first Christian, or first Christian QB in the NFL... "

You don't mind if I help you say that again do you?

38 posted on 03/20/2012 8:55:40 AM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a known wise-@$$ shooting with you.)
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To: relictele
An easy decision from a football perspective.

If that were true, the Colts wouldn't have let him go. Apparently the team that knew him best didn't think he was worth keeping.

I think Elway and crew made a personal, not business, decision. Tebow took the Broncos to their first playoff in SIX years, and the fans were excited again--and buying merchandise like crazy. Manning's got what? A year or two? Maybe? Tebow's got a good 15 years ahead of him. Elway made a lousy business decision--but then it was obvsious to all he had a personal dislike of Tebow from the start. He'll regret his choice.


39 posted on 03/20/2012 8:56:09 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: napscoordinator
"... First of all, Tebow STILL does not have a Superbowl. Manning has at least a couple."

Yeah, *Eli* Manning.

(Peyton Manning is less than 50% (9-10) in the post-season. He's been to the Super Bowl twice, but you probably don't want to bring up the time he lost. It was pretty horrid. They're still laughing about it in New Orleans.)

40 posted on 03/20/2012 8:56:23 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: discostu

Actually I don’t understand why this is necessarily a good business deal on the end. I understand completely that Peyton will make the Broncos contenders -—— but for about maybe 2 years —— and then after that the Broncos will have to find a future starting QB and fit a team around whomever. So while I understand the “win now” idea of management, the Broncos could be “one hard sack” on Peyton away from total disaster and many more years of being in the cellar of the NFL


41 posted on 03/20/2012 8:56:32 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Oberon

There’s a salary cap and because the previous management of the Broncos drafted Tebow too early he’s a first rounder (late first round but still first round) making a good chunk of money, add that to what they have to pay Peyton and you’re talking tying up about 1/5 of their cap on those 2. Not good math, hard to stock the other 51 members of the roster with quality with that much money tied up on players that won’t even be on the field at the same time, that’s why the Colts released Manning. And given that the two players have completely opposite styles any mentoring would be haphazard at best, pure pocket passer just don’t see or interact with the game the way scramblers do, might as well have the defensive line mentor him.


42 posted on 03/20/2012 8:56:47 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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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.

Ditto.


43 posted on 03/20/2012 8:58:37 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Bigtigermike

But they’re already in a situation where they probably need to find a new QB in a couple of years. Unless Tebow finds a way to truly grow past his late season performance he wasn’t going to be their QB of the future. So really they’re picking the path of be good now while hoping for a solid QB to show up in the 2014 draft, vs not be good now while hoping for a solid QB to show up in the 2013 or 2014 draft. Might as well be good.


44 posted on 03/20/2012 8:59:32 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Tim Tebow is a class act and I’m sure he’s got a good perspective through all this - I like Tim because he has stood up for his faith and I even cheered for the Broncos over my Raiders. Now, I can go back to cheering for Tim without having to cheer for the Broncos. And I will predict that Peyton won’t see the success he’s had in the past because no matter how great he was, having had that kind of injury will change his future play...Look at all the other guys who were traded late in their careers - none of them got a superbowl ring AFTER their trades!
I think it’s all been overhyped.

And I sure wish The AZ Cardinals would opt Tim in and let him vie for the starting spot alongside Colb and Skelton!


45 posted on 03/20/2012 9:00:36 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: Cinnamontea
I think Elway and crew made a personal, not business, decision. Tebow took the Broncos to their first playoff in SIX years, and the fans were excited again--and buying merchandise like crazy. Manning's got what? A year or two? Maybe? Tebow's got a good 15 years ahead of him. Elway made a lousy business decision--but then it was obvsious to all he had a personal dislike of Tebow from the start. He'll regret his choice.

I think you are right on the money. This was a very bad decision, and it will play out that way in the first season. They will be back in the cellar of the NFL and starting over again.
46 posted on 03/20/2012 9:02:59 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: skeeter

Except Tebow doesn’t have a very promising future. He needs to take his game up 3 or 4 steps to have a promising future, and even during the win streak when he was improving he wasn’t improving that much. He still generally stank for the first 3 quarters of every game, 4th quarter comebacks are nice, but like Madden always said the key to a 4th quarter comeback is losing after 3, and you’d rather be winning after 3.

Then there was the Kansas City game, last game of the regular season, Broncos are win and you’re in, they’re going up against a terrible team that fired their coach a few weeks ago. This is the time when a QB with a promising future shine, this is the time to lay a beat down against a clearly inferior opponent. Tim completes 6 passes for a total of 60 yards. That’s not a QB with a very promising future. That’s a Rex Grossman who happens to be a nice enough guy to be popular with the fans in spite of his performance.


47 posted on 03/20/2012 9:05:26 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Lets get some perspective folks. Broncs were 8-8. In other words, absolutely mind-numbingly mediocre. If they were in any other division (besides AFCW or NFCW) nobody would be having this conversation because at best they would be second and most likely third.

If he had taken a team such as the Browns to the playoffs in one season, there would be something substantial to talk about. As it stands, even 3/4 through the season most sports prognosticators were ho-hum on his talent. After mostly one season he is 19-9 TD/INT ratio with a completion % of about 47. Jay Cutler for comparison is 115-85 TD/INT and a completion % of about 61. Kyle Orton is 80-57 and a 58%. Manning is 399-198 and 65%. Manning is money right now.

He’s not being traded to remove his outspoken faith from Denver - he’s just not that good yet and Denver wants a shot at a SB right now. Probably a few season’s worth of maturation may prove his talent but right now he’s too raw. I hope his faith can last through that process.


48 posted on 03/20/2012 9:05:40 AM PDT by 1forall (America - my home, my land, my country.)
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To: discostu

Like I said, it all comes down to personal opinion.


49 posted on 03/20/2012 9:08:28 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Oberon

I wonder how many will do the same for Manning?”

Our society seems to have disintegrated to the point that I would suspect there are already some bets being made about how many games he will play before he is permanently disabled. Those sickos will be sure to watch to see if they won.


50 posted on 03/20/2012 9:11:13 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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