The Twitter universe exploded with tweets about how Peyton screwed Nashville or how Tebow was getting a raw deal. In the heat of the moment, even I was upset, tweeting about the dissatisfaction of his choice. "@Chris_Yow_14 - Now I have to wear orange and blue! *puke*" were my words exactly.
After taking a moment to sit back and reflect, however, Manning's move to Denver was his safest, most viable option.
From the beginning, Titans fans were clamoring to have Manning come "home" to Tennessee, despite his being born elsewhere.
Manning thought about the cold; I'm sure. It really does snow in Denver. Not having a roof over his head during those winter months could certainly become a factor. However, the air is much thinner in Denver. The cold is still cold, but the snow isn't quite like that of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains.
The thin air will also help his passes fly farther and with more ease, something Manning's aging arm could use in his waning years.
Denver also has a front office determined to win the Super Bowl. They are shoring up their defense and finding pieces here and there to fill in gaps.
I've often said with a defense like his brother Eli's, Peyton could have won three or four rings. He may get one shortly.
Did Peyton feel too much pressure from Tennessee fans?
If his favorite tight end Dallas Clark and center Jeff Saturday follow, the Broncos are suddenly a contender again—which is one of the factors playing into why Manning could not sign with the Titans.
The Titans just shipped out their best corner, Courtland Finnegan. The Broncos signed three defensive players in the last week.
The biggest problem in Manning playing for the Titans had nothing to do with coaching or personnel decisions.
Tennessee fans were giving Manning the state to sign, literally. The state legislature signed a bill endorsing the team's potential signing of the quarterback.
He was offered free pancakes and moon pies for life to sign with Tennessee.
All of those factors were actually detracting to Manning in his decision.
What if once he was hit, the neck injury was rehashed? What if the Titans didn't win the Super Bowl? What if Manning wasn't able to perform to the level he was expected in Tennessee? He was, after all, the greatest quarterback in state history, despite not winning the 1998 Heisman trophy or ever beating Florida.
It was Super Bowl or bust in Nashville. Not so much in Denver.
Manning's wife, Ashley, could have had something to do with it.
She may have wanted to, "Throw 'I love you' echoes down the canyon, and then lie awake at night 'til they come back around."
Ashley is certainly the "Number one fan of the man from Tennessee."