Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:37 am

Manning and Tebow on same team?

Perhaps the most intriguing team in pursuit of Peyton Manning are the Denver Broncos. And there is a pursuit. A fairly hot one, according to a person familiar with the situation. There is also reciprocal interest from Manning.

That doesn't mean this will happen and the odds of Manning joining the Broncos, while possible, are slim. There are two reasons why.

The first is Tim Tebow. I'm told Manning would be uncomfortable with Tebow being on the roster but also doesn't want to be seen as the guy who pushed Tebow out of Denver. The Broncos, I'm told, also don't want to trade Tebow even if Manning joins the team. The Broncos would have to come to some sort of resolution of these two things and it might just be too messy for a resolution to be reached.

There's also this little factoid. Manning is represented by super agent Tom Condon who recently formed a super partnership with another super agent, Jimmy Sexton, as part of a super agency of super agents. It's just one big bowl of super.

In all seriousness, Condon and Sexton are two of the most powerful in the business and, guess who Sexton represents? Yes, he reps Tebow.

So I'm not so sure Condon and Sexton would want their powerful clients in competition.

But keep this in mind: John Elway, pretty super himself at one point in his career, wants Manning badly. That is a fact and he's going to try and make this work.

The chances, though, remain slim. Yet I will say if there's one thing I've learned about Elway is never doubt him. The city of Cleveland would likely agree with me.
Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos, NFL
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:16 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 2:45 pm

Has Manning already narrowed his choices?

Peyton Manning insists he's made no decision on his possible NFL destination. Sure, Peyton. Sure.

No one in the league believes that. They think Manning has a short list but doesn't want to publicly admit it so he can maximize the inevitable bidding war.

One team official that contacted Manning's agent, Tom Condon, says he got the definite impression that Manning indeed has already decided where he wants to go, or, at least, the handful of teams truly in the mix. The official, who did not want to be identified, believes that Miami, Washington and Denver are the front-runners. One report states Manning has already informed the Redskins he doesn't want to play for them.

But the official conceded the front-runner will be the team that, in the end, offers the most guaranteed money.

The official believes that contrary to some reports, Manning is indeed open to playing in the NFC, even in the NFC East where his brother Eli, is obviously king of the division.

It's still early in the process but one thing is clear: the Manning derby is fully under way and, despite his public protestations, Manning likely already has a good idea of where he wants to go.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:01 am

Elway still not sold on Tebow?

In late December the Broncos' general manager, John Elway, gave Tim Tebow the dreaded vote of confidence.

"Tim Tebow's not going anywhere," Elway told the Associated Press. "I mean, he's going to be a Bronco and we're going to do everything we can and hopefully he's that guy."

Hopefully he's that guy.

While I'm sure Elway wasn't lying I'm told by several league and team officials Elway continues to have significant concerns about whether or not Tebow can be a franchise quarterback despite Elway's public protestations to the contrary.

It's understandable. Elway would have to be a fool not to have second thoughts after the past three games by Tebow. He's committed seven turnovers in the past three games, all Broncos losses. The rest of the league has clearly adapted to him by shutting down Tebow's running lanes and Tebow has a difficult time throwing an accurate pass.

I'm told none of this has gone unnoticed by Elway and the doubts about Tebow are creeping in--if they ever left. It's not exactly a state secret that Elway has never been comfortable with the entire Tebow phenomenon.

Elway may deny this (he has to now) but it's accurate and presents a huge mess for the legendary quarterback who has done a good job of rebuilding the team.

Now he has to somehow deal with what is clearly a mess.


Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos, NFL, Tebow
Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:30 pm

Tebow magic ends with Patriots blowout

DENVER-- There were five minutes remaining in Denver's game against New England and Broncos fans, in large numbers, began to depart Sports Authority Field. It was a mad rush for the exits. They knew not even Tim Tebow could bring them back from this.

Normally, fans here don't leave when there is time on the clock because they know there is always a chance Tebow will do something, well, Tebow-ish. Not today. Not this time.

Tebow met his match. Actually, two of them. Bill Belichick, who created the perfect game plan to stop Tebow (a game plan teams should have used in the past) and Tom Brady, who put up enough points to put immense pressure on Tebow.

The combination proved too much for the Broncos to handle and for the first time in a long time Tebow seemed ordinary and he was definitely beaten.

Patriots 41 Broncos 23 Tebow miracles: 0.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:39 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 11:43 pm

I'm in a state of Tebow-induced shock

Now, I'm not saying what Tebow is doing will last. I doubt it will. Eventually the NFL will catch up to this madness of an offense. But it is impossible not to appreciate, enjoy, be stunned, be amazed, at what he is doing.

You have to raise a toast to Tebow. You have to. Nothing like this has been done in the NFL since the Wildcat and this is even more impressive. That Jets defense Tebow was singlehandedly destroying is pretty good. Not great. But good. He was humiliating the Jets. Absolutely humiliating them.

The Jets should be ashamed of themselves but we have to give credit to Tebow.

I thought the Jets would crush Tebow. Finally, they'd expose him. Then he does that.

I'm in shock. The entire league is in shock right now.

But more than anything, the Tebow doubters, like me, have to take a step back.

And appreciate what we're seeing because this is remarkable stuff.
Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 8:12 am

The Daily Shoutout: Tebow time

OPENING HIT: This is the biggest test yet for the league's latest infatuation, Tim Tebow, who can't play a lick of quarterback but somehow has become the most talked about quarterback in football not named Aaron Rodgers.

Check that. Tebow has become an even bigger phenom than Rodgers.

And Thursday night will be his biggest test because despite the Jets playing on a short week, they are going to bring the heat to Tebow. There will be no taking him lightly. There will be no overlooking. Tebow is going to face the full wrath of a talented defense -- not great defense, but talented -- that is irritated from being humiliated by the Patriots. They're going to be ornery.

What the Jets will do: put their corners man up on Denver receivers -- since Tebow has no accuracy they won't get beat -- and crash the line with bodies to stop Tebow running. It's simple.

The biggest test yet, indeed. And Tebow is going to fail it.

Sorry Tim.

I continue to hear LaDainian Tomlinson is strongly considering retiring after this season. I'm not 100 percent on this but it would shock no one close to him. The day he retires the clock begins to tick on him entering the Hall of Fame.
Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos, Jets
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 11:06 am

Tebow isn't ready

This isn't about Tim Tebow hate, as the myriad of unreasonable Tebow supporters will say. This isn't about Gator hate, either. Or about Tebow's faith. Or any of the other ridiculous excuses Tebow supporters predictably trot out.

This is about facts: Tim Tebow isn't an NFL quarterback. Not yet, at least, and if he starts this week -- and I've spoken to a source on the team who confirmed the coaching staff has informed players on the Broncos it will likely be Tebow -- it will be officially the beginning of the end of Tebow.

Tebow is one of the most unprepared quarterbacks for this moment I've ever seen and the Broncos will be doing him a great disservice simply because he doesn't have the tools to play the position. I'm not saying he'll never have them but he doesn't now. Not even close.

Throw Tebow out there as a starter at this moment and disaster awaits.

The biggest problem is how John Fox and the organization totally caved to fan pressure. That is never a good sign for a coaching regime.

Again, this isn't personal, as so many of his supporters always claim. It's just the way it is.

Tim Tebow plays hard. Well, hell, all players in the NFL play hard. But nothing can fix what will be the main problem for Tebow and that's throwing accuracy. An NFL offense doesn't exist on bootlegs alone.

Good luck to Tebow.

He's gonna' need it.
Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 2:00 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

The consensus in speaking with a handful of team personnel executives when it comes to one Tim Tebow is this: A trade could happen, but it's becoming increasingly likely the Broncos will keep or cut Tebow because the trade interest is dwindling rapidly.

The executives portray the Tebow situation as a complicated one. They believe that while the Broncos are not openly trying to trade Tebow, they say that when teams have recently inquired about him, the Broncos haven't been saying he's off the trading block, either.

Again, just to be clear, the Broncos aren't openly shopping Tebow but teams that have asked were told: Make us an offer we can't refuse.

The Broncos might deny this, but based on their recent actions, it seems they're realizing Tebow might not be a bona fide NFL thrower. Tebow was the third quarterback in Denver's last game. It might not stay that way, and there is a solid chance Tebow simply stays in Denver and learns and the franchise keeps him around.

But do you put a guy you like in that kind of embarrassing situation? Probably not.

The are two big problems for the Broncos and Tebow. First, there's the belief that the Broncos might even cut Tebow (I don't see that), so why would a team trade for him?

Second, some in football think Tebow might need to be switched to another position. One team executive says he believes Tebow would be a Pro Bowl fullback, a belief I've heard several times from others around the sport.

It's a complicated matter with no easy solution for the Broncos or Tebow. In a few weeks, or even less, we'll know his future for sure.

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