AFC East: Manning to Broncos

Dolphins should avoid Tim Tebow

March, 19, 2012
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Don't do it, Miami Dolphins.

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Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesThere are a plethora of reasons the Dolphins should avoid falling into the Tim Tebow trap.
Do not make a quarterback mistake that could stagnate the franchise for the next several years.

Do not, under any circumstances, trade for Tim Tebow.

I know this thought will cross the mind of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, if it hasn't already. Peyton Manning agreed to join the Denver Broncos on Monday. Now, Tebow is expected to be available.

Ross is desperate to make a splash to help fill an empty and often lifeless Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins even came up with the idea last year to honor Tebow and his national champion team with the Florida Gators even though he was the opposing starting quarterback.

It would be na´ve to assume the Dolphins' front office wouldn't be interested in Tebow. Getting the wildly popular Tebow would put more fans in the stands. That is one of Ross' main objectives. But from a pure football standpoint, the Dolphins should want no part of this.

Miami is implementing a precision-passing, West Coast offense under rookie head coach Joe Philbin. Last year Denver had to gut its offense to mold around Tebow’s strength, which is more run-oriented. Acquiring Tebow and making him your starter would completely undermine everything Philbin and new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman were brought to Miami to do.

With Tebow, the Dolphins would not run the Packers' system or any pass-heavy system in Miami -- at least if they want a chance to compete. The only system you can successfully run with Tebow is the read-option offense he ran in college and last season with the Broncos. That is why Denver desperately did everything it could to land Manning.

Despite all the reasons to the contrary, expect a lot of speculation linking the Dolphins and Tebow. Miami's front office has made some curious decisions lately and doesn't appear to have a clear-cut plan this offseason. So you just never know with this group.

But what I do know is if Miami's starting quarterback search ends with Tebow, that is the biggest mistake Miami's regime could make.
The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning quarterback rivalry is one of the best ever. After a one-year hiatus, it is set to return in 2012.

Brady and the reigning AFC champion New England Patriots will host Manning and the new-look Broncos next season. Manning picked the Broncos on Monday from his list of finalists and will resume his Hall of Fame career in Denver.

Expect the Patriots-Broncos game at Gillette Stadium to be a prime-time showdown. The television networks should be gawking over this one, as Manning and Brady haven't played since the 2010 season. If the game is scheduled late in the year, it likely will involve playoff implications.

Including the playoffs, Brady holds an 8-5 career record against Manning.

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