After reading the various posts and threads on MHR over the past two weeks about bringing in Manning and shipping out Tebow, I'm struck by how hypocritical some fans have been in their comments.
Here are some examples:
- Manning vs. Tebow: Many posters have criticized other fans for expressing how upset they are about giving the richest contract in the entire NFL to a QB who just had four major surgeries and is near the end of his career. I've seen countless comments stating that it's not about one player, it's about the Broncos, and that if you can't get on board with that then you should root for another team. Yet some of these same people had a really hard time rooting for, and getting on board with, Tebow as QB.
- Free agency: I've seen numerous MHR members laud the signing of Manning yet, in the very same thread, say how we must all be patient in free agency because we don't want to overpay just to get a superstar and that we want to be smart with our money. Others who are all-in on the Manning decision defend the team's lack of free agency moves by saying that the strategy all along was to build through the draft (despite the fact we spend a ton of money on one player in FA).
- Position upgrades: In defending the Manning pickup, some posters have said that when you have a chance to upgrade a position, you do it. Then they go on to say that trying to get Wallace or Mario Williams is too big of a reach, or they remain curiously silent as the team fails to make upgrades to other parts of the roster.
- Trust in the front office: Some people who demanded we bring in Tebow over Orton early last season - and criticized the FO heavily for not doing so at first - now say we must trust EFX to make the right decisions, saying they know better than us.
I don't want to lump everyone who is in favor of the Manning deal into this group. It's just that the vocal minority, in my opinion, seem to be highly hypocritical.
I think this marks a huge turning point for the team, one way or the other. While I hope it's for the best, I worry that it could go down as a disastrous decision. The FO set the expectation that anything less than a Super Bowl win - or at least an appearance - is a failure. Those are some pretty high stakes.
What really worries me is that we will have to build the QB position again from the ground up in four years in the best-case scenario (Manning thrives) and next year in the worst (Manning injury, poor performance) - at the expense of signing other free agents who could shore up the rest of the team while giving a guy with lots of potential another year or two to develop.
This is simply my view, and I understand the excitement surrounding Manning and the doubts around Tebow. I respect other opinions on the matter. What I don't understand is how some of these frequent posters can be so hypocritical and not even see it - and attack others for the very same thing they once did.