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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.
The Kyle Orton era in Denver has officially come to an end.
In a somewhat surprising move, the Denver Broncos waived Orton today. With three quarterbacks on the roster and Tebow finding ways to win, it made sense to get rid of someone. Orton was the natural choice, as Brady Quinn seemed more supportive in a backup role. When you saw Orton on the sideline following his benching, he constantly seemed malcontent. Why not remove a cancer, even if it isn’t attacking yet?
I doubt this will bring an end to the quarterback controversy that has engulfed Denver; especially after John Elway’s recent comments that he is no more confident that he has found next year’s starter than he was when Tebow took over. What this does signify is that the Broncos will give Tebow the rest of the season as a tryout. Orton is not the future, and now that’s abundantly clear.
Columnist Woody Paige had an excellent article in the Denver Post about Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow on Friday. Paige has a certain way with words that cannot always be seen during his appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn. He is almost poetic in his writing and he truly paints a picture when he tells a story. But enough about the writer, let’s focus on his subject.
Tim Tebow, the darling of Denver, and perhaps the most polarizing quarterback in the NFL is the man in question. His jersey sales were through the roof before he played a single snap in Denver. His name has to be mentioned among the greatest college quarterbacks of all-time. On the other side of the coin, he has only started 3 NFL games, and his passing stats were marginal (right at 50 percent completion rate). Furthermore his throwing motion isn’t exactly a thing of beauty and some question (especially Merril Hoge) whether his skills will translate in the NFL.