Hey folks in Denver, it's Peyton freaking Manning!
I don't mean to be insensitive, but get over it. Tebow was fun. Tebow was exciting. Tebow was polarizing. And most of all, Tebow was the biggest story in the history of sports.
However, let's not forget the dirty little (not so) secret of Tebow's rise to superstardom—he's barely a serviceable starter in this league, much less a guy who can lead a team to a Super Bowl.
The Broncos didn't just improve at the quarterback position with the switch from No. 15 to No. 18, they went from being an offense run by the intern to an offense run by the CEO. I mean, the disparity between Manning and Tebow is nearly impossible to comprehend.
Never in the history of the NFL has a team gone from such a limited, inexperienced thrower to possibly the greatest thrower of all time. Never will an offense see as dramatic of a transformation as we will see between the 2011 Broncos and the 2012 Broncos.
I hate to break it to you, but a quarterback who averages only one yard less per rush (5.4) than he does per pass (6.4) will not be able to succeed over an extended period of time.
The NFL is too physical; if you're relying on your legs as much as your arm, then you are toast.
How big of an improvement is Manning over Tebow?
John Elway and the Broncos brass knew that, and they went after Manning hard and fast, and rightfully so.
Gimmicks in football can only bring you so far. Like we saw last year, there will always be a team (in this case, the New England Patriots) with a game plan to shut down a gimmick. The Broncos learned that last season, and the Miami Dolphins and their "Wildcat" offense learned that in 2009.
Tebow was electric in 2011, and his come-from-behind wins were not only mesmerizing for football fans, they sucked in sports fans from all around the globe.
Just like "Tebowing," it was only a matter of time before the novelty washed away.
The University of Florida product brought the Broncos to new heights last season; in fact, I would argue that their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the greatest upsets in recent sports history, a true David and Goliath story.
But that's all it was.
One year of thrills and exhilaration. The year Tim Tebow became a legend. That's done now—it's time for the Peyton Manning era to begin in Denver, and the fans need to hop on board the Broncos express train, because it's heading for the playoffs with reckless abandon.
I understand that Tebow was sent from above to help the Broncos win games in 2011—but God has sent you another gift, and it would be insulting if you didn't appreciate it.
Manning will only be around for so long.
Indianapolis Colts fans would probably give up their firstborns to watch No. 18 play another meaningful game in Lucas Oil Stadium.
You've been blessed once again with a sensational quarterback. Buy season tickets, buy Manning jerseys and buckle up.
If you thought last year was fun, just wait until you watch this guy go back to pass.