The NFL weaves an ever-more-complicated web each season, across seasons. And this year’s biggest story was no different.
The Broncos handed the reigns to Tim Tebow mid-season to accomplish two things: assuage fans clamoring to see the popular quarterback, and tank an already abysmal 1-4 season for a chance at once-in-a-generation prospect Andrew Luck.
Tim Tebow, with the blessing of
head coach John Fox executive vice president/Broncos legend John Elway Almighty God, led Denver to an 8-8 record, a division title, and a playoff win over Pittsburgh. In doing so, he ruined the Broncos’ chance at Luck and, let’s face it, royally pissed off Elway.
The Colts, having lost a season due to Peyton Manning’s neck surgery, tanked to earn the right to select Andrew Luck. In doing so, they made the decision to part ways with an all-world quarterback who probably still has gas left in the tank.
The Broncos, under the influence of John Elway, lured Manning from home-ish (Tennessee) and the best chance to win (San Francisco). It was an amazing come-from-behind win for Elway as an executive.
Basically, Tim Tebow saved his job from Andrew Luck and played his way into losing it to Peyton Manning. Me, I’m thinking the story still has a few strands to weave before it’s all said and done.