In regards to Tim Tebow, I posted something on my facebook page that summed up my feelings. He is a class act, he helped lead a lousy team (remember #2 pick previous year and 1-4 start?) to the playoffs, this season for me personally ranks #3 all time behind the SB seasons, and the Pittsburgh playoff game as of right now is my favorite game of all time. Wherever he goes, that team will become a distant 2nd to my Broncos, but nonetheless I wish him well.
I've also held steady that EFX and Elway in particular was swinging for the fences and was trying to drastically upgrade the most important position on our football team. I agree with the move and I'm glad we have a football executive that is always looking to upgrade the talent on his team
I think Kaptain Kirk said it best in his round table statement yesterday that (paraphrasing) every regime has the right to build the team as they see fit. Tebow was not selected by Elway, he was given an opportunity, he did well, but ultimately he still didn't jive with what Elway was looking for in a franchise QB. And this leads me to my next and most important point
The problem here is not Tim Tebow, John Elway, the Broncos, the NFL etc. The problem here are the minority of rabid Tebow fans (and I'm not speaking of Bronco fans that also became Tebow fans---I definitely fall into this category, but I've also made it known that no one is above my team). The ones I'm talking about are the people that spew venomous hatred in the direction of anyone that is in the slightest degree of disagreement with them about Tebow being the greatest thing since sliced bread. I don't even know how else to say it. These are the people that paid for billboards to tell John Fox to start Tebow. These are the people that have flamed Von Miller on twitter after he said "I'd play for free if we got Mario Williams and Peyton Manning, superbowls are priceless." These are the same people that have essentially screwed up any chance Tebow has at being a student of the game under one of the greatest of all time in Peyton Manning. Want to blame someone for Tebow most likely being traded? Blame these folks. EFX doesn't want the headache, our team and players don't deserve it, and Peyton Manning has nothing to prove to anyone other than he can still be competitive. Do you really want people to chant "Tebow" when our offense has a 3 and out or throws a pick?
EFX and Elway in particular I feel have been honest of their assessment of Tebow all along----they have never strayed from their take as him "being a very good football player, with all the intangibles, who needs to develop as a conventional pocket passer." Now there can be arguments made that in the pursuit of Manning that Elway was not completely honest or forthcoming with Tebow from the beginning. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn't, the only people that know for sure are Elway and Tim, though there were reports tonight from Mike Klis that the Broncos had reached out to Tebow today.
I know there are some on the extreme both ways, and neither jives with me. I don't agree with Tebow haters who jugde him based on other non-football agendas, I don't agree with Tebow lovers who judge him based on other non-football agendas.
To be honest, I think I've been personally objective through a lot. When people wanted to bench him after Miami and Detroit, I put together a statistical analysis that argued for more patience. When others wanted EFX to annoint him as the starter for life, I argued that the best approach was wait and see until he developed more. When people were going nuts over a 15-point comeback, I had a post called "the voice of reason" in which I cautioned people about overreacting either way.
I don't have an axe to grind with Tim or the Broncos. I think both have made the best of a very different situation. So in essentially closing the book on my thoughts of the past couple of weeks, what I'm getting to with this post, is quite simply, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of those that want to discredit any success Tim Tebow has had. I'm tired of those who support Tebow come hell or high water, but do so with such hatred and anger, that they dishoner and disrespect the class act that Tim Tebow is.
Ask yourself this, do you honestly think that Tim Tebow wants his fans to act like a bunch of hateful, uncouth savages? Probably not. Look I'm going to do something that I don't normally do, but since it applies to Tim and his beliefs here's the answer straight from the good book itself: "It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person." Matthew 15:11 "The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool." Proverbs 10:18 "There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" Proverbs 12:18
I hope that the people that are responsible for some of these tweets take a page from Tebow's book. Since this whole thing gained steam, you haven't heard a word from Tebow, nothing negative, nothing at all. He obviously takes those verses in the bible seriously, and when the time comes for him to say something about this situation, I am going on the record now as stating nothing but class and gratitude with come from his lips.
In the end, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will be fine. So will us fans, whoever you are fans of, and MHR will continue to be one of the best Bronco forums on the web. I thank Elway for doing his job the best way he sees, I am excited to have Peyton Manning and hope that this next season will be another great one to remember for him, our team, and us. I am thankful for Tim Tebow and the great things and excitement he brought to the Broncos last season. There's a lot to be thankful for, and even if you find yourself at odds with the move or at odds with losing Tebow, remember that we'll always have our memories....and by extension youtube---Take care my friends!