Is the Tebow "era" over in Denver? Has the great experiment in mediocrity and unrealistic expectations come to an end? Will the false praise bestowed upon an undeserving figure fall silent?
Yes, it will. The same fans that once clamored for Tebow's elevation to the starting position will now cheer the arrival of the true prophet. He'll get a pat on the back and a thanks for the memories, but the Denver fans aren't as clueless as their devotion to Tebow made them seem. They embraced it while he seemed the best option, but they just traded in their Honda for a Lamborghini. Albeit, a Lamborghini that just got out of the shop, but still, a Lamborghini.
When, and if, the Peyton deal does become final (sources say he will, but reporting has become so shoddy that you can't trust it until it actually happens), a fan base once in awe of a scrambling "quarterback" will be awakened by a stalwart statue whose passes actually help the team win. The Denver fans will come to their senses like a person being startled from a daydream and think to themselves, "Oh yeah, that's what it's supposed to look like. I think I've seen something like that before".
It was fun while it lasted. Everyone got caught up in the Tebow hype. Even as pundits everywhere pointed out that the defense was winning the game and Tebow was swooping in with some late-game heroics to steal the credit, no one cared. People just enjoyed watching him win. And that's fine. That's what it's all about. But, Tebow carried the team about as well as he threw the ball.
Maybe he'll go off to some other team and have success, but only if he can get into a Trent Dilfer role. Well, Dilfer with even less passing because the less of a quarterback Tebow has to be, the better off the team will be.