Found June 15, 2012 on Down and Distance:

As mini-camps are underway and fans get to see, or hear how their teams look with their new additions there are definitely some eyes and ears in a few places  more than others.

New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow from Denver this off-season to add depth to their quarterback spot. With the addition of Tim Tebow, the Jets may have the most talked about and most scrutinized quarterback tandem in the NFL. We all know that New York is different from every place in the world, and how the quarterbacks are looked at in New York, make it the hardest job in football. I am curious to see how this all works out; I personally think that Mark Sanchez is not the answer for the Jets, but as much as I like Tim Tebow is he really the future in New York?  One thing is for sure, he is “excited” for the opportunity.

The reason why the trade to New York was even possible was because of Peyton Manning’s decision to sign with the Broncos. Peyton had four neck surgery’s in a two-year span, and many thought he would never get back to the form that he once was. Maybe he won’t, but many in Denver would argue  that after watching him in mini-camp this week. It’s not all about his ability to make throws that will help lead this team, but it’s his knowledge and the fact that the controlling, smart, dependable quarterback is back. It’s like having a coach out on the field, and to be honest; Denver hasn’t had this kind of leader since Hall of Famer John Elway.

Manning had a familiar face watching him in mini-camp. Tom Moore, his former offensive coordinator, watched him and was pleased with what he saw.

“Watching these three days, he looked excellent to me,” said Moore.

Manning has shown no ill effects of the nerve issue that caused weakness in his throwing arm last year that required four neck operations, forced him to miss the entire 2011 season and led to his release from the Colts.

The biggest free agent in NFL history looks better and better every day as he regains strength and adjusts to his new team. Manning came with a few of his “toys” including his good friend Brandon Stokley, who talked about Manning’s injury “We don’t think about the injury anymore, and I’m not sure he does, either.” Stokley will become a good slot receiver, and a decent replacement for Eddie Royal, who left to go to San Diego in the off-season. One thing that you have got to respect and love his Manning’s work ethic. He was a site to behold in Indianapolis, but you know he is going to work even harder just to prove to all the na-Sayers out there, especially that one in Indianapolis, that he can still play at a high level.

Jim Irsay made his bed, and now he must lie in it; he released Manning in the off-season as we all know. However, was it the right one, we can go back and forth if it was or was not. It makes it a bit more complicated when you hear about Manning looking like the old Manning. When he was released many, myself included, thought it was a window of an opportunity for Irsay to dump the 36-year-old quarterback. Well, he did and he continued to make of off-season changes, which in turn resulted into proving that they were changing for the future. This decision will forever sit in the back of his mind, what is the right one for the organization? No one truly knows, but it doesn’t make it any easier when your face of the franchise is running another franchise and looking just as good.

Everyone loves the NFL season because of the drama, and boy oh boy do they have it. I could sit here all day talking about just that. The decision that Irsay made will forever be linked to Tim Tebow, if it weren’t for the release of Manning, Denver would be preparing for the 2012-2013 NFL season with Tim Tebow, not Peyton Manning.

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