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It took over a decade, but the Denver Broncos have finally found a successor worthy to follow Number 7.
Brister and Griese were busts. Plummer got us to an AFC Championship, only to throw that game away (with his left hand at times even). Cutler whined his way to the Windy City. Orton found out the hard way that you can only play it safe so often before you are called out. Then there was Tim Tebow. He won some games, he won some hearts, but he never won over the front office.
The next man up already has a Super Bowl ring to his name, and brings the highest quarterback rating of any passer since the start of the 2008 season. Manning is the only player to win four mvp’s. Today, Manning informed his agent to start negotiations with Denver and informed the 49ers and Titans that he would be taking his talents to the Centennial State.
This acquisition wasn’t cheap. Even though the contract is still being discussed, it is believed to be for around five years and $95 million. What will be interesting to see is how much is guaranteed to 35-year-old slinger, who is coming off a year in which he had four neck surgeries.
Today marked the day that what everyone thought was going to happen, but nobody wanted to happen, finally happened. Peyton Manning was finally released by the Colts, ending 14 years of brilliance and several months of drama in Indianapolis.
At today’s press conference the goodbyes were emotional, the admiration was sincere and a legendary era has come to an end.
“We all know that nothing lasts forever,” Manning said. “Times change, circumstances change, and that’s the reality of playing in the NFL.”
And what a cold. harsh reality it is.
Yesterday dawned the beginning of a new year. For those of us who live in Broncos Country, the beginning was bittersweet.
For the first time since 2005, the Denver Broncos are going to the postseason. Finishing in a three-way tie atop the AFC West, they held the tie breaker over both the San Diego Chargers and hated Oakland Raiders. After a disappointing 1-4 start, the Broncos made the change heard round the world, replacing Kyle Orton with Tim Tebow.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, they carry a three-game losing streak into the playoffs. Their record is a mediocre 8-8, and they will be facing a high powered, hard hitting and playoff tested Pittsburgh Steelers club.
Their defense finally broke out of their funk yesterday against the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday, but their offense did a complete disappearing act, accounting for only three points that came off of a special teams turnover, and saw the offense fail to move the ball at all.