Jason Reid of the Washington Post provides a fair discussion of the Manning-Tebow trade, controversy, or whatever it is best termed, where, after reading, it is reminded that the NFL is a business afterall.
Any veteran armchair quarterback knows that most of the NFL stars who actually play quarterback no longer remain with one team for their entire careers. But even for hard-core cynics, this week’s musical-chairs-type movement in Denver was new territory.
If nothing else has given you a sense of the what-have-you-done-for-me-since-last-Sunday NFL, allow the Manning-Tebow switch to drive the league’s cutthroat nature home. Everyone is disposable, even high-profile quarterbacks. To a degree, being a fan requires investing your loyalty in organizations instead of individual players, most of whom will work for several teams over relatively short careers. By developing strong connections with stars, fans who ignore those bonds will almost surely be shattered because owners and players pursue their individual best interests in the business of sports.
Tebow’s run in Denver lacked the longevity of what Manning accomplished in Indianapolis, but it was nonetheless compelling in its own way.
This is an unbiased report that is a compelling read, which lauds Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow in their respective ways.