While Tebow's story was certainly a magical one, it is one that Broncos fans have to put in the rear view mirror. There is a new sheriff in town, and here are five reasons why Broncos fans should forget about Tebow ASAP.
For the record, I'm not just hating on Tim Tebow. I've been a Broncos fan all my life, and no one rooted harder for him than I did last season. But at the end of the day, fans have to realize that Peyton Manning is simply a better quarterback.
Manning is one of the best quarterbacks to ever to play the game, and he represents Denver's best opportunity to win a Super Bowl in the near future. Manning possess the ability to effortlessly break down defenses with his mind and his arm.
Broncos fans should know all too well about Manning's ability to torch defenses. Some of Manning's best games have come at the expense of the Denver Broncos.
I'm sure Roc Alexander and Kenoy Kennedy still have nightmares of the 2003 and 2004 playoff games in which Manning went a combined 49-for-59 for 834 yards and nine touchdowns.
When the Miami Dolphins revealed their Wildcat offense with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams against the New England Patriots, they looked nearly unstoppable. The Wildcat offense continued to work for a while, but eventually teams caught on and were able to shut the wildcat offense down.
There were signs that teams were starting to figure out Denver's offense at the end of the season, too. It started with the Patriots. Then the Buffalo Bills did a great job containing Tebow, and the Kansas City Chiefs completely shut out Denver's offense in the final regular-season game.
Things looked like they were turning in Denver's direction after they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Game. But the Patriots brought the Broncos back down to earth the next week.
The option offense was a good temporary solution, but there was no way Denver was going to be able to continue to run it with the success they had earlier last year.
Now I know this argument doesn't carry too much weight in comparison to Peyton Manning, but with the amount of hits Tim Tebow was taking, it was only a matter of time before he got seriously hurt.
Don't forget that Tebow punctured a lung against the New England Patriots and wouldn't have been able to play if Denver had moved on to the next round. Tebow has been somewhat lucky that he hasn't suffered a serious injury with the way that he plays.
And there was no way the coaching staff was going to convince him to play with more caution. Tebow's passion and effort is one of the reasons why he is so well respected among his teammates and his opponents.
But his playing style comes with the risk that he could get seriously injured. Just ask Michael Vick.
The Denver Broncos led the league in three-and-outs last year. As a result, Denver's defense spent a lot of time on the field, especially in the first three quarters. They won't have to worry about that nearly as much now that Manning is at the helm.
Denver's defense was fantastic last year. The defensive players responded incredibly well when Tebow was the quarterback because they believed in him. Tebow won over veterans like Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey. After that, the rest of the team followed.
Manning won't have to do much to win over Denver's defense. Everyone and his mother knows how good Manning is, and I have little doubt that Denver's defense will be just as effective with Manning taking snaps, if not more effective.
The Denver Broncos have been on a search to find the next John Elway that would take them to a Super Bowl. John Elway is practically worshiped in Denver, and it is well deserved.
As a result, fans should have a little faith in Elway before they start to criticize the signing of Manning. If Manning was washed up and his arm wasn't what it used to be, Elway and front office members of the Titans, 49ers, Dolphins and Cardinals wouldn't have pursued him so heavily.
Elway watched Manning work out, and if he says that Manning still has it, then I believe him. And Denver fans should too. There will be some growing pains with a new system, and every time Manning goes down I will cringe a little bit.
But at the end of the day, Elway sees promise in Manning, and that's why he pursued him so vigorously.
Elway knows a little something about quarterbacks over the age of 35 winning Super Bowls, and if he believes Manning is up for the task, so should Broncos fans.