Word on the street is Peyton Manning is working on a contract to play for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos – namely executive John Elway – get the prototypical QB it long desired since the Tebowmania wrecked havoc in Denver. Plus, it makes the Broncos the team to beat in the AFC West.
While this was a great move for the Broncos, it’s a questionable one for Manning.
First of all, there were better teams out there that were recruiting Manning. You cannot say with a straight face that the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans AND San Francisco 49ers are not better than the Broncos. Hell if you stick Manning on the 49ers, they would be an instant favorite to WIN the Super Bowl.
So why wouldn’t Manning want to ball in San Fran? I think it’s because he will not have complete control of the offense. Niners’ coach Jim Harbaugh is himself a control freak, and would have a cow if Manning kept audibling out of offensive plays.
Meanwhile, Broncos’ coach John Fox and Elway have said that Manning can do whatever the hell he wants on the offensive side of the ball.
So what about Denver? The Broncos have a wide receiving corps that is in the Witness Protection Program. Their defense outside of Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller and Champ Bailey is suspect. At least they have a running game with Willis McGahee, but the Broncos still do not measure up with those other teams.
Hell as much as I love the 49ers fit, I thought the Titans would be a shoo-in for Manning. He went to school at the University of Tennessee (and yeah, I know Vanderbilt is in Nashville where the Titans play, but who gives a damn about the Commodores?). Plus last I checked, Nashville is a helluva lot warmer than Denver.
At any rate, good move – check that, GREAT move for the Broncos. Elway finally gets his man, and Tim Tebow will be shown the door.
And as long as Manning is willing to accept being no better than second-place in the AFC, then it’s a great move for him as well.