For some reason, people think it's acceptable to argue for Tim Tebow over Peyton Manning
In and of itself, that's really not a big deal. People disagree on player evaluation all the time, and sometimes it takes a while to convince people one way or another.
However, when it comes to comparing Tebow to Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to step foot on the gridiron, it starts to get downright offensive.
In a poll asking Broncos fans who should be their starting QB next year, Tebow or Manning, the former Gator with the long delivery received 59% of the votes, soundly beating Manning, a Hall of Fame lock.
Fortunately for Broncos fans, John Elway is a bit smarter than they are, and he's making a strong push for Manning anyway. Apparently he recognizes that if they can make the playoffs with the worst passer in the league, they can probably do even more damage with one of the best passers of all time.
Even if Peyton Manning isn't 100% healthy, which is still a reasonable concern until proven otherwise, he's a better option than Tebow. Peyton Manning in a wheelchair would probably be a better QB than Tebow.
Some people who actually get paid to write about the NFL, in this case Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, actually feel bad for Tebow, and say that he's getting shafted by the Broncos.
Really? A guy who realistically should never have been under center in the NFL is getting shafted because the Broncos want to improve their team by replacing arguably their biggest weakness with one of the greatest players of all time? THAT is called "getting shafted"?
This is just one more example of people fabricated adversity for Tebow. He grew up in a very financially comfortable 2-parent home, was a highly touted recruit out of high school, won a boatload of awards in college, including a Heisman Trophy, and then he was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, despite many experts (correctly) saying that he simply was not fit to be an NFL quarterback.
So far, I see no adversity at all.
He played his way to the bottom of the Broncos' depth chart, and somehow still managed to find the field for the second half of the season. Despite playing about as poorly as any QB in the league, he was dragged to a few wins and miraculously gained the support of rabid Broncos fans who were so blinded by the win-loss record that they were incapable of properly evaluating individual performance.
Still, I see no adversity.
Now, the rumors are swirling that the Broncos desperately want Manning, and that they'll trade Tebow if they get him. One of the popular ideas is that he could get sent to Jacksonville, which would result in him being closer to home, near the Florida Gators fans who love him so much, and would give him a legitimate chance to compete for the starting job, since Blaine Gabbert was pretty terrible last year.
If that's adversity, then I welcome such hard times into MY life.
The only hardship that Tim Tebow has had to endure is self-inflicted. For whatever reason, he has been entirely disinterested in developing proper throwing mechanics, and simply hasn't shown that he can play QB at an NFL level.
If the Broncos have a chance to get Peyton Manning, they'd be insane to pass it up, especially if they can get any value whatsoever in exchange for Tebow in a trade. Think their defense was inspired by Tebow? Wait until you see how they react when they know they have someone who can actually throw the ball.
To the 59% who voted for Tebow: You've either never watched a game, or you're some real clever Internet trolls.
To Mike Silver: The only one who is shafting Tebow are people like you, who keep giving him this false impression that he actually deserves to be an NFL QB. Get a clue.
Tebow has nearly 60% of votes over Manning in billboard poll [USA Today]
Tim Tebow getting shafted with Broncos’ pursuit of Peyton Manning [Yahoo!]