Originally Posted by detjetsfan
You're wrong buddy. The Broncos going 1-4 to start that season is a testament to how awful a QB Kyle Orton and is getting over whatever residual they had from Josh McDaniel's disastrous tenure as a HC.
That Denver team that the media and people like you credit Tebow with had a stacked defense, excellent OL and Decker and Thomas were very good up and coming playmakers. Manning knew this. Elway knew this and didn't want to continue to waste it with a Fullback pretending to be a NFL QB.
Decker and Demaryius Thomas didn't have 50 NFL catches between them last year when Tebow took over. In short, they were both about like Stephen Hill was this year, raw talent with a lot of future upside.
Even with that said, go back and look at DT's production in his last 5 games and compare that to what he is averaging now with Manning. Newsflash for you, it's not that different.
The defense wasn't stacked at all. If you go look now, you'll see that 9 of the starters on D this year WEREN'T starters last year. That's a 75% turnover at the starting slots. Add to this a change in defensive scheme, coupled with JDR taking over as DC.
Oline, yeah, they were great last year in run blocking. Pass Pro ? Meh, not so good (and yes, some of that had to do with Tebow holding onto the ball for too long.)
As for Elway and Manning, there are 20+ starting QBs in the league who would have found themselves out the door if Manning had come to their team. So, is that supposed to bother me or something ?