Last season there is no doubt that Tim Tebow gave the Denver Broncos a season that could never be forgotten, but that season doesn’t even begin to compare with the one Peyton Manning gave the Broncos this year.
Yes, Tebow’s season was very exciting. There was the inconsistent QB play and the losses and then there was the streak of five or six games where Tebow came up with a big play to win what seems like every game. Seasons when things happen and teams win when they are not used to winning are always very exciting. The way Tebow was doing it was very unique and different, but it worked at times.
Manning’s season was a masterpiece to say the least and ended on a bad decision. Yes, that bad decision was made on first-and-10. The game should have been won in regulation and that play should have never happened.
Do you know how many bad decisions Tebow made? Countless. Tebow games were always about whether he would make something magical happen on the last play of the game. The question was always: will the defense keep the Broncos close enough for Tebow to say a prayer?
Manning games were always under control, the Broncos were expected to win and if the defense played well then the game was already won because Manning would take advantage.
The defense didn’t play well in the AFC divisional game against the Baltimore Ravens. You can’t expect any QB to win when you give up big play after big play. The Ravens’ offense scored on a 59-yard pass and a four-play drive that lasted 1:43 seconds, they scored on a 39-yard interception return, a 32-yard pass on a drive of three plays and took 40 seconds, a five-play drive that ended on a one-yard run, and to end the fourth quarter and force overtime they scored on a 70-yard pass after a three-play drive that lasted 38 seconds.
Even with all those big plays it seemed Manning had the Broncos in control the whole game, until the miracle 70-yard pass to end regulation.
There is no way Tebow could have had the Broncos in as good of a situation that Manning had the Broncos in this season. Manning took the Broncos to a 13-3 record and made them arguably the best team in the league.
Tebow brings excitement, but a 50/50 chance to win and the game is never in control by the offense. Tebow will never be a consistent starter in this league because he is not not fit to be an NFL quarterback.
I’ll take an old Manning any day over Tebow and most other QBs as well. Broncos fans should be disappointed by Denver’s defense allowing those big plays and by Manning’s overtime decision on first down, but they should be thankful for the situation they were in and be excited about year number two with Manning.
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