Peyton In, Tebow on the Move- Denver Students React
by Alex Schoemann | University of Notre Dame
What if Peyton Manning never wins in Denver?
Suffice it to say, this is how curses start. Billy Goats, the Bambino, the Statue of William Penn and now Tim Tebow — Denver’s lost prodigal son.
Manning has only one ring. His younger brother, who many have argued is inferior in ability, has two. Could this be Peyton’s fault, resulting from a ballooned level of value? Peyton won in a year when one of the biggest freaks of nature in all of defensive football, Bob Sanders, was finally healthy for an entire postseason. Sanders led what was a mediocre Colts defense to an unbelievable postseason that suffocated opposing team’s rushing attacks, most notably, Chicago’s. Ever since Sanders returned to the injury report, the Colts have struggled to return to the NFL’s biggest stage.
Sanders has long been gone from Indy and with Manning hurt last year, the Colts stumbled.
What if Manning is somewhat to blame?
What if Peyton doesn’t have the intangibles that say, a Tim Tebow might have?
Truth be told, you can’t place much blame on one of the smartest quarterbacks to ever play the game. But what if he simply isn’t the same? Fans will be left wondering what if… what if Timmy Tebow had stayed?
Many Denver fans are excited about the moves. Keegan Hebert, a senior at the University of Colorado and a lifelong Denver fan, is among them. “I am incredibly pumped for Peyton’s arrival,” Hebert said. “I felt Tebow was overrated and the hysteria blinded many fans who couldn’t see the inconsistency in his game.”
Some NFL stars have even given their two cents on Tim Tebow.
In speaking with ESPN corespondent Skip Bayless, former defensive lineman Warren Sapp may have summarized player’s sentiments about Tebow best. “If Tim Tebow is my quarterback you have to learn how to be miserable,” Sapp said.
Joey Porter also chimed in if his team were to bring in Tebow, “I’d want to know who’s to blame.”
Though the NFL peanut gallery has given Tebow no reprieve, many Denver fans will miss Tebow’s “intagibles.”
Kendall Winkler, a junior at the University of Denver, expressed her concern with the move. “People question the way Tim Tebow got the job done, ” Winkler said. “But he always delivered. He could probably even deliver at a different position.”
Tebow does deliver. It isn’t fun, but he delivers.
He will more than likely deliver for the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.
And more importantly, Tebow doesn’t have to play quarterback. With the compensation package the Jets delivered to the Broncos he doesn’t even really have to play at all.
Fourth and sixth round draft picks are not that heavily sought after in today’s NFL. This is nothing like the package the Cardinals sent the Eagles in exchange for Kevin Kolb, or what the Chiefs had to send the Patriots for Matt Cassel. It’s barely better than the deal the Redskins got for a washed up Donovan McNabb when they dealt the struggling veteran to the Minnesota Vikings.
The market has spoken and placed a value on Tim Tebow’s quarterback abilities. Though it may seem like a shot to his value, Tebow’s true worth will lie in the way the Jets utilize their newest asset.
Tebow could play a number of different positions and could line up behind the center in a variety of different formations. He could be the missing ingredient in Rex Ryan’s rushing attack that has lacked explosiveness and an ability to dictate games.
What if that opens up the field for the Sanchize?
What if Sexy Rexy, the Sanchize and their Savior are the perfect combination?
If so, John Elway could be John Wrongway and the curse of Tim Tebow, John 3:16, and the lost prodigal son could be born.
#FreeTebow has worked. What’s next from the Broncos and Jets?Alex Schoemann is a columnist from the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Alex is majoring in English and Accountancy. Follow @AlexSchoe