It’s official. 84 year old former Denver Quarterback Frank Tripucka will allow Peyton Manning to grace his retired Number 18 jersey after Manning told Denver Broncos that they were his choice for free agency. I’m sure that Denver’s VP, John Elway, feels he got the greatest “get out of jail” card ever presented. He was never sold on the Tim Tebow experiment and the fans had become relentless in their fanaticism.
Let’s look at the many issues this announcement brings:
After all of today’s events, the posted odds to win the Super Bowl went from 75-1 to 10-1. I do not recommend that play, but the chance he gets his new team to the playoffs are much better in this AFC West as opposed to playing for Tennessee and having to fight Houston. Furthermore, the San Francisco choice would have never worked as Jim Harbaugh is a team player with no fancy personalities and having to abandon that philosophy would have been difficult. Plus Manning would be going up against all the best Quarterbacks in the NFC. That road to the Super Bowl has many more obstacles than doing it through the AFC.
From Tennessee’s quarterbacks’ point of view: Matt Hasselbeck may want a trade and release and pursue Cleveland with Mike Holmgren. He knows his system from the Seahawks days and his feelings were severely stung by this Manning situation after he produced a winning season. Jake Locker is destined to take over anyway, so it may be time to re-shuffle the deck.
San Francisco’s Alex Smith should be able to overcome this put down and return with a new long-term contract…up a million from last week in return for the embarrassment he endured (poor baby). This young man has had to put up with much abuse during his career and seems to be able to weather any storm.
Miami Dolphins haven’t done anything correct…YET! But with the NEW Miami Marlins and the Miami Heat, the ownership knows or should know that they have to put out a quality product and needs to address Matt Moore’s QB future, or go some other route (Tebow?).
BRING BACK THE ORANGE CRUSH JERSEYS!!
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