Originally Posted by ScottXray
It is super bowl, or its a failure, because Denver is scrapping the supposed "build through the Draft" plan to contending that Elway said he would follow.
Manning will only come here if he thinks he can go to and WIN a superbowl in the next few years. Elway is telling him that "I've been there...done that, and at the same age. I can get you there and will get you what you need!"
That means bringing in a lot of FA pickups in areas where we are not at strength. Manning isn't an idiot...he is a coach on the field and has looked at film of last years Broncos. He probably will give Elway a list of positions that he needs to see better players at to come here, and Elway and co have to promise him they'll get them.
It scraps our current plan and puts a premium on win now! We won't have 2-3 years to develope draft picks. That is why its super bowl or FAIL.
And if we don't get there, and then Manning retires or is hurt, we have Mannings team, which may be better...or may not since he has a unique skill set that requires a QB like him to take advantage of.
How many top draft picks did Indy use at QB while PM was there and playing? How many will he let Elway use to bring in his eventual replacement?
This is handing the Team to PM. When he is gone we will be facing the same thing Indy did this year.
Who says that we can't still build through the draft if we sign Manning? The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. If we go out and sign a bunch of guys over 30 and trade away draft picks along with signing Manning, then you will have a point. But what if we sign productive but younger free agents (i.e. Ben Grubbs, Mike Tolbert, Pierre Garcon, just for a few examples of the younger, quality players available) and keep all of our draft picks? Assuming that the overall building plan will be abandoned if we sign Manning is not at all a certainity.