I haven't been commenting much lately, partially to the normal lull in the NFL Season, and partially because it has taken some time for me to process the last few weeks. The Broncos were once again big news this off-season, and everyday people have asked me what I think about Manning and Tebow, and all I could really produce were some low frequency guttural noises, and a shrug. Well I finally feel like I have something to contribute, so if you care read on.
This whole time, something has just felt a little off about the Manning signing. It was kind of exciting and kind of not. Part of me was a bit awestruck because I didn't really think we had a legitimate shot at him. Part of me was concerned about potential health problems. Neither of those things what was really bothering me though.
The thing that I really couldn't get past is that Manning is a Colt. Like that blue horseshoe is branded on the side of his head. It kind of reminds me of when Neal Smith came to the Broncos after years of tormenting us as a fan base. It was great to watch him play, even if he was past his prime, it was good to have him on our team, but he was a Chief, and there was nothing you could do to make him not a Chief. In the same sense, Manning will be great to watch, assuming he plays like he always has, and when he wins with the Broncos, there will be reason to cheer, but Manning will always be a Colt. If we had gotten him a bit earlier in his career, like with the Bailey/Portis trade, I think there would have been time for the engrained image of Peyton Manning methodically moving his team against the helpless Denver D to fade a bit. Ironic, in that Manning was probably the major impetus for the Bailey trade. In that case, there would have been time for Manning to make his mark on the franchise and for some Orange to seep in. As it is, I don't know if he'll be here long enough, to be a Bronco.
So, I will be happy to watch Manning play, and glad for the rare opportunity to see someone great really go to work, but there will still be the odd feeling that he's a hired gun, a Colt in Broncos clothing. For those Broncos fans that feel like they have lost "Their Man" with the Tebow trade, I sympathize, but there is only 5 months for a new season, and a lot of work left to be done to get our team back to the Super Bowl.