Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/27/12
Anybody watching the NFL's coverage of the opening of training camps this week got an eyeful of Peyton Manning going through what amounted to quarterback calisthenics.    Not real exciting, but at least as interesting as regular season Major League Baseball.    Now, what might have made it more interesting than baseball is if Tim Tebow hadn't been dealt out of the Mile High City.    Of course at the time the team won the Manning sweepstakes, they spoke altruistically of how highly they thought of their soon to be ex-quarterback, Tim Tebow. He was a great guy, a leader and a winner who deserves a starting job somewhere in the NFL.

And out of sheer gratitude for his lofty accomplishments of 2011 they would trade him someplace that presented a better opportunity for him. Some believed part of the equation was Tebow's immense popularity and the team not wanting a controversial situation with Tebow losing his job.    But  are those reasons true? For one thing, how many Denver fans were going to object to Tebow backing up the great Peyton Manning? After all, isn't acquiring one of the all-time great quarterbacks worth it? Manning is an aging star coming off a year of inactivity and recovery from nerve damage. But all medical indicators point to a high probability of a return to form.    Let's play devil's advocate here.    Assuming Manning is the player of old, would Tebow or anybody else have minded him backing up Manning? After all, he would have had a great tutor and mentor. All we've heard since Tebow entered the league (and before) is how he needs to learn the pro game and work on his flawed mechanics.

This would have provided him and the team the opportunity to get 'straightened out'. If he were truly viewed as a potential franchise quarterback, why not keep him as your backup? As far as controversy is concerned, if Manning is anywhere near his old self, Tebow would quickly have become old news and a relatively forgotten man in and out of Denver.    If it goes the other way for Manning, if he somehow falters due to health related or other issues, then you had a guy who just led you to the AFC Championship. Even if Manning has a slow start, how many people would have been clamoring for Tebow to replace him? Denver fans are unilaterally ecstatic to have him. They're going to be patient if need be and not too many of them (if any) are saying it was mistake to get him.     Either way, the team needs a competent and trusted backup. That's why they spent a second-round draft pick on rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler out of Arizona State. Clearly, the organization views him as their quarterback of the future.    Equally as clear is that Tebow wasn't seen this way by the organization.    As far as the accolades and concern for his career the Broncos' front office lavishly displayed as they discarded him from their plans, all that was accomplished in the end was Tebow becoming a backup in New York instead of Denver.    Perhaps Denver's front office felt they needed to play it this way due to Tebow's enormous popularity. But make no mistake about it - He was not wanted in any capacity.     Tebow is an incredible class act and all-around great guy. For those reasons alone, I hope he does become a great quarterback.    As hard as a lot of people are pulling for him, I don't think it's good idea to hold their breath. 

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