Peyton Manning May Have Just Killed Tim Tebow’s Chances Of Being A Starting NFL Quarterback Again
It’s one thing to lose your job as a starting NFL quarterback. It happens almost every single week during the NFL season. A quarterback gets hurt. Or he plays poorly. Or he just doesn’t fit into the system a coach is trying to run. So he gets relegated to the role of backup QB and is forced to look on while another QB steals his minutes. But it’s an entirely different thing for a QB to lose his job and get cut from his team because another QB moves ahead of him on the depth chart. And that’s what essentially just happened to Tim Tebow when Peyton Manning agreed to play for the Denver Broncos next season.
You see, even though Tebow led the Broncos to the NFL Playoffs and a first-round playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, the team wasn’t 100 percent confident in him moving forward. So when the opportunity to snatch up Manning came about after the Indianapolis Colts cut him two weeks ago, they jumped at it and made a pitch to him. And, wouldn’t you know, Manning agreed to sign with the Broncos yesterday and effectively took Tebow’s job from right under him. He also may have cost Tebow his spot on the Broncos roster, as the team will reportedly try to trade him to another team right after the Broncos’ deal with Manning is in place. And, if they can’t trade him? Tebow will likely be cut.
But there’s a good chance that Manning did even more damage than that as well. In addition to taking his job and his place on the team, Manning may have ended Tebow’s chances of being a starting quarterback in the NFL altogether. After all, what team wants to take a chance on signing Tebow, only to have their fans completely undermine their coaching staff by forcing Tebow into action like the Broncos fans did last season? What team wants to deal with all the questions and distractions that’ll come from having Tebow on their squad? What team wants to try and transform Tebow’s poor mechanics in the hopes that he can be an adequate quarterback moving forward? It’s a tall task to ask any team to take a chance on Tebow.
All of that said, I think someone will do it. Whether it be the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars, or some other team out there, someone will give Tebow a shot. But, the funny thing is that if Tebow fails to produce—or, maybe more appropriately, fails to win the starting QB job in training camp—he might get cut before the 2012-13 NFL season even starts. And, I don’t know where he turns to if and when that happens. A different position? A different league? A different job altogether? Tebow’s world would be turned upside down.
When Peyton Manning agreed to sign with the Broncos, he didn’t just take Tim Tebow’s job. He may have taken his NFL future, too. Funny what a difference a couple of months will make, huh?