I have never hid the fact that I can't stand Tim Tebow and his blind followers. But something else I hate in the sports world is the politically correct approach players and teams talk about other teams and players.
In today's landscape, you're more likely to hear a player give unearned praise to another player in order to avoid potential backlash, than hear someone truly say what's on their mind.
But on Thursday, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas gave a sound byte that was music to my ears.
During an interview with 2 Live Stews on 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Thomas spoke of the Tebow trade and the media's perception of the Broncos 2011 season. "It's a business decision, I ain't going to say I was sad because the only thing they remember is that pass (the touchdown pass in overtime that beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs). You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games. I wasn't getting no balls and you had to make some of these plays where some players were open and he is not making the throws, but I don't want to talk bad about Tim. But, hey, I am happy we got Peyton."
According to Thomas, some of the coverage of Tebow rubbed some players in the locker room the wrong way. "Everything on ESPN was all about Tim," Thomas said. "That bothered some players, too, because they would say, 'Tim Tebow Time.' I felt like it was a team thing. If it wasn't for the defense most of the time, there wouldn't be no supposed 'Tim Tebow Time.' "
When asked about trading Tebow to the Jets, Thomas said: "I ain't going to say it was a good move, but I really don't know. I feel like Tim can get better, but it is going to take some time because he's got to read the defenses and throwing patterns." Thomas continued saying "I ain't going to talk bad about Sanchez, but he's not one of the best quarterbacks in the game," Thomas said. "So I feel good about Tim going out there."
Thomas is 100% correct on this evaluation, the defense kept this team in those abysmal games that resulted in "Tebow time", receivers had to be getting frustrated by being open and seeing the ball sail 10 feet over their heads or bouncing in the dirt. Team management knew that the only way to build a real winner was to get a quarterback that can complete more than 50% of his passes, and to eliminate the circus that inexplicably followed a running back that can't throw.
To quote legendary sportscaster Jim Brockmire: “I do love watching Tim Tebow play. He combines the fiery leadership of Ray Lewis with the throwing ability of … Ray Lewis.”
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J. Lance Moose is a contributor and lead football writer for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JLanceMoose, and subscribe on Facebook facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.