Manning and the Broncos Sitting in a Tree
K-i-s-s-i-n-g. Football makes no sense to me. The Denver Broncos have signed a $96 million 5 year contract with Peyton Manning. Our local news reports it's the Biggest Contract Ever in NFL history. Manning didn't play last season due to multiple surgeries for neck injuries. Everyone seems to think he'll be able to play but no one seems to know for sure. Here's Manning today on the state of his neck:
“Could I play this Sunday? Yeah, I could,” Manning said. “I don’t know if I’d play as well as I’d like, but I could.”
His neck is apparently enough of a concern that his new contract has a neck injury waiver. But he's guaranteed $18 million for this season, meaning even if he re-injures his neck the first week, or his old neck injuries resurface, causing him to sit out the remainder of the season, he's guaranteed $18 million. Who wouldn't take that deal?
So what do the Broncos say about the possibility Manning's injuries will prevent him from being the Greatest Player Ever? [More...]
The Broncos are counting on never hearing those words, because all of their hopes of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since January 1999 now rest on Manning.
“Plan B? I don’t have a Plan B,” [John]Elway said, laughing. “We’re going with Plan A.”
Monetarily, the Broncos may only be out $18 million if Manning isn't up to the job during the first year, but is that the only measure of damages? Won't the other players and their fans also lose a season of momentum and the team have to go back to square one with a search for another quarterback, especially since Tebow will be gone? Wouldn't it have been easier to teach Tebow to pass the ball (assuming I read correctly that this is his shortcoming), or is that something that can't be taught?
Elway says he's ready to make Mannning the Best Quarterback Ever. But if Manning is merely suffering from neck injuries and already was considered the best of the best, what can Elway teach him? Either his neck works or it doesn't -- I guess I don't see where skill enters the equation. Plus, if Elway's such a great teacher, couldn't he have taught Tebow and saved the team a bunch of bucks?
Not surprisingly, Manning was all over the local news tonight. I've never seen him before, and he seems like a pleasant fellow, but to me, his neck looked stiff and his head seems to tilt to one side. He looked like someone who had just taken off a neck brace and needed to put it back on. (Of course for all I know, maybe he's always looked that way.)
From my admittedly uninformed point of view, it seems like the Broncos are taking a big risk and know it -- as evidenced by the waivers -- while Manning couldn't believe his good luck in landing such a big contract with any major team given the uncertainty about his ability to play.
I wonder how Tim Tebow feels, being tossed over for someone who was a giant in the past but may not even be able to play now. Maybe there were more problems with Tebow than the Broncos let on. None of the players interviewed on the news tonight seemed sorry he was leaving. They were all excited about getting "a new leader." The news anchors were implying the other players didn't think Tebow was a good leader and only today are feeling free to express that.
I wonder what the real story is behind the dumping of Tebow and hiring of Manning. And which one was the Bronco's primary goal. Was Manning the chicken or the egg, so to speak?
|< Australia Warns Citizens Against Travel to Bali | Supeme Court Extends Right to Counsel to Plea Bargains >|