Originally Posted by BroncoInferno
I think the 1-4 start and 1-4 finish is a closer reflection of where this team is at from a talent perspective than the 7-1 sandwiched in between. We had a lot of fortune in that 7-1 run. Some of it was the novelty Tebow brought to the running game, some of it was the defense getting hot against a string of mediocre-to-poor QBs. While it's fair to be skeptical of Tebow in the passing game, the success of the running game was largely the result of the unique threat Tebow presented to teams as a runner. That masked a lot of problems with our OL, specifically the interior. That element disappears with Manning, so if we sign him we better couple it with signing Carl Nicks or Ben Grubbs at guard and Saturday at center, otherwise Manning will get killed. Then we need a veteran receiver like Reggie Wayne. And that doesn't even address our defense that got raped by pretty much any above average QB they faced. We have $50 million of cap space and the draft to address some of that, so I think we could piece together a good team, but there are too many holes to put a championship team together. At least not this season, and there's no point in pursuing Manning if you don't think you can win a championship right away.
Good post, largely agree. But ask yourself this: are we better off this coming season with Tebow or a healthy Peyton Manning starting? Are we in a better position to attract FA's with Tebow or Manning? I think the answer to both questions is fairly obvious. Remember, the passing threat that Manning brings to the table moves some defensive players away from the line of scrimmage, and Mannings ability to read defenses and get rid of the ball quickly helps as well. Manning could probably help bring in a key skill position player or two in FA, and if we grab at least 1 O-lineman upgrade and maybe a few guys on defense between the draft and FA we'll be much improved. A guy can dream! My biggest reservation would be that if we have to move Tebow who is the QBOTF?