With tough decision behind him, Manning now the face of Broncos
He called Elway next. And that was the strangest call, because at that moment Monday morning, Elway and coach John Fox were meeting to discuss among other things how to proceed on Manning. Should they call him again? “Should we give him one last sales pitch?’’ Fox asked Elway. And soon after that, Elway’s phone rang. He looked down at the screen on his phone and saw it was Manning.
“I think we both froze,’’ Elway said.
Manning said he’d been on the phone notifying the teams who were out of it that he was playing elsewhere. Elway, for a second, thought, I wonder what phone call we are? And then Manning said, “I want to come play for the Denver Broncos.’’ Elway gave Fox the thumbs-up sign.
Sounds like a pair of tweens waiting for a boy to call...
What becomes a legend most?
This was all about Elway and what he wants and what he doesn’t want. What he wants, like he wants his next breath, is a Super Bowl win as an executive. What he doesn’t want is Tim Tebow.
It’s not that he didn’t like Tebow as a person. It’s that he was frustrated with Tebow’s inability to get the precise synchronization of the three-step and five-step NFL drop. It’s NFL Quarterbacking 101. Most guys get the knack of it in college. But with Tebow, like with really good Teflon, it never quite stuck.
Elway was also frustrated with all the dirt balls and air balls and screwballs Tebow scattered to the wind. He was frustrated that Tebow would play like Joan Rivers for three quarters and like Philip Rivers in the fourth. He was puzzled by Tebow’s stats. The kid didn’t even complete 48 percent of his throws. Peyton Manning completes 65 percent of his.
Where Reilly goes woefully wrong is here:
Consider: If Elway jettisons Tebow for Manning, not even the most devoted Christian Broncos fan would smite him.
Hey Rick, have you been on Twitter of late?
John Elway and Brian Xanders have conflicting information regarding Tim Tebow. Per Brando Spano:
Just talked to Brian Xanders. He told me that they have not reached out to other teams about Tim Tebow yet.
Vic Lombardi tells a different story:
Broncos have already reached out to several teams regarding Tebow. Elway says he and Tim are on the same page. Know something soon.
When in doubt, go with Elway. His rank is higher.
Meanwhile, reports are Miami has no interest in Tebow. If Elway really does want to give Tebow an opportunity to succeed, it appears as if one of those opportunities is gone.
Watch the official site's video of the presser from earlier today
2:38 pm Via Albert Breer, a photo of Manning's new Broncos jersey. #18, in orange.
2:57 pm Here's a better shot of the jersey via Andrew Mason
3:05 pm First thought of the day: do they make Xanders sit at the little kids' table?
3:14 pm So, how are they going to avoid Tebow? Someone is bound to ask, right? Avoiding Tebow in this presser is like trying to avoid germs at a pre-school.
Shannon Sharpe on 102.3
Eric Decker is better. Demaryius Thomas is better. Everybody is better on that team. Their defense just got better. Their defense was middle of the pack? You watch because now they will be playing with a lead. I am not talking about the last 2 minutes of the game. I am talking about early on because he will put pressure on the opposing team. They are going to score some points now. Willis McGahee will never run into an 8-man front again ever.
When John threw the ball if I stayed up with John and he threw the ball to the right he was telling me, ‘Shannon go to the right.’ If he put the ball between my numbers and I was staying? He was telling me to get up in my shadows. You take that for granted because you are like okay. Now you play with somebody else and throw the ball to the other side and you get your face mask twisted because he threw you towards where the defensive guy was. Great quarterbacks see everything.
Shannon's positively giddy. Can't say I feel any differently.
GOOD MORNING, Broncos fans! Yesterday may have been dreamlike, but we can assure you, you were not dreaming. Peyton Manning is going to be the next starting quarterback for YOUR Denver Broncos.
Expectations are that Manning will be introduced and presented with his new, orange number 18 (most likely - thank you, Frank Tripucka) jersey sometime this afternoon by Pat Bowlen once the details of his new contract are cleaned up.
Welcome back, Broncos fans, from the 1950s. It's time to reacquaint yourselves with seeing passes thrown where receivers can easily catch them, audibles at the line, lightning quick decisions and releases, hot reads being hit, picture perfect footwork and mechanics, proper route progressions being read, checkdowns being taken, and points filling the scoreboard.
Even Woody Paige has to admit Denver made sense all along, as Bob Kravitz in Indy stresses; Mark Kiszla correctly says we're back to talking football instead of spectating at the circus; along with Dave Krieger, they credit John Elway for importing his peer in football greatness.
Per Albert Breer:
The league is also reviewing language in the deal ... And the Broncos are hopeful that they'll introduce Manning tomorrow afternoon.
In advance of the presser, I've received a copy of Woody Paige's questions:
It's not much, but Mike Klis just tweeted: Broncos did the right thing: Elway and Fox did reach out to Tebow today, according to source.
No word on what was said. That doesn't mean we won't speculate. I'd guess after letting him know he was not entering training camp as the team's starter, Elway made one of the following statements:
And then there was a verbal equivalent of a pat on the head, which sounded a little like "Thanks for all you've done for the Denver Broncos organization."
Per Josina Anderson:
Agent Tony Fleming tells me Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard and the Broncos have agreed to terms on two-year deal.
Brando Spano also announced this on his radio show--in fact, it looks like Brandon had the news first.
Woodyard is a good insurance policy against DJ Williams' potential suspension.
Still waiting on terms of the deal. Doug should have these in the Lard tomorrow.
Manning Headed to Denver! Now What?
Even as they add Manning, the Broncos can’t afford to simply insert him into the lineup and start printing out 2012 AFC WEST CHAMPIONS T-shirts. This was an 8-8 team that had the point differential of a 5.8-win team last season. Manning is going to make them better — perhaps significantly better — but he’s not going to be enough to turn them into a championship-caliber team alone. Denver needs to be in on adding those offensive weapons for Manning and should consider targeting options to improve their limited secondary, especially at cornerback. Ironically, their best option across from Champ Bailey might be free agent Tracy Porter, who took a Manning interception to the house to seal Super Bowl XLIV. If they start with Andre’ Goodman out there, Manning might make it a mission to Roc Alexander him in practice. Adding a defensive tackle is also a priority after Brodrick Bunkley hit free agency and Ryan McBean got suspended. Re-signing Bunkley would be ideal.
Anyone that makes a Roc Alexander reference deserves some respect.
The article raises a good point, which is thus: the Broncos shouldn't relax just because they won the Manning derby.