Why Fans Shouldn’t be General Managers – The Tim Tebow Experiment

By Geoff Ratliff

There are times in sports where fan sentiment and popular opinion make a lot of sense. The “Suck for Luck” campaign is a perfect example of that. After some unexpectedly slow starts, there’s good reason why fans in Indianapolis and Miami should be hoping to land the Stanford quarterback, who by all accounts is the greatest prospect at the position since John Elway. There’s hasn’t been this much anticipation for a debut since Drake’s “Thank Me Now” album dropped last year. Recent history has shown that rookie QBs can have an immediate, positive impact on playoff caliber teams (Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco) or at the very least provide enough excitement to give the fans hope for the near future (Cam Newton). I have no doubt in my mind that whichever team lands Luck will reap immediate benefits in both increased fan interest and an improved on the field product.

Tim Tebow is NOT Andrew Luck and it is obvious from his less than enthusiastic announcement of the move, that John Elway is very clear on this point. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if John Elway is secretly thanking the fans for allowing him to make this move. Hear me out on this. I think it’s pretty apparent to anyone that watches football that Tim Tebow’s chances at becoming even an average NFL quarterback are slim to none. The fans won’t care as long as he brings his patented fire and all out effort attitude to the field. While rolling Tebow out there will galvanize the fan base, and possibly the team, for a short time, don’t expect that to translate into more wins. At 1-4, the Broncos are still in play in the “Suck for Luck” derby, and wouldn’t Elway just love the chance to bring in his fellow Cardinal and version 2.0 of himself after the Tebow experiment fails? I mean who would blame him for that? I can’t think of a better win/win situation than this for the Broncos.

Well I’d love to give Broncos fans the benefit of the doubt; I assure you that they are not savvy enough to have thought of this ploy themselves. They legitimately believe that Tebow may be the answer to their football prayers, or maybe they’ve just been so overwhelmed by the fact that Denver wasted a first round pick on him a year ago, that the Kool-Aid they’ve been drinking has actually started to taste good at this point. Whatever the reason is, this is example #4,127 why fans make terrible faux General Managers.

Fans don’t get paid substantial amounts of money to evaluate talent and make hard decisions about a team’s future. It’s easy to play GM when you’re gambling with house money, but when your actual job is on the line, the decisions become considerably more complex. A majority of NFL team personnel have spent most, if not all, of their professional careers in and around football, so pardon me if I don’t put my faith in the guy who happens to read every article on the internet and manages seven fantasy football teams, because I’d be willing to bet that “Joe Broncos Fan” will not be spending all of their waiver dollars on Backup Jesus.

I’m actually neutral on Tim Tebow. I don’t like his over the top, in your face brand of Christianity, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for someone who demonstrates his level of commitment and compassion at such a young age, and his leadership skills are admirable to say the least. But none of that makes him qualified to be a starting NFL quarterback, so don’t be surprised if you look on this very site a few weeks from now and find the Denver Broncos at the bottom of my NFL Power Rankings, all because a rabid fan base got what they asked for.

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