Tebow-mania has been dead in Denver since the QB was sent to New York after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning to take their snaps under center. The addition of Manning is unquestionably a step up from the inconsistent Tim Tebow, and one Bronco isn't shedding a single tear over the end of Tebow Time.
Demaryius Thomas, Bronco wideout, made the game winning catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild-Card round. In the first snap in overtime, Tebow hit Thomas cutting across the field for an 80-yard touchdown to send Denver to the divisional round, where they lost to New England. But now that Tebow is out of the Mile High City, Thomas has made it clear that he won't be missing No. 15.
“It’s a business decision. I ain’t going to say I was sad because the only thing they remember is that pass. 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.”
Thomas went on to discuss how the locker room felt about the media attention Tebow received during his stint as Denver play caller:
“Everybody was talking about…you get some players and had some that said he can’t throw, but if you get open and you get one your way you gotta make the play no matter where the ball is at. Then you had some that said he is a winner. He works hard and just stay with him and you’ll be fine and that was basically it. There wasn’t much talk about him, but you know everything on ESPN was all about Tim. 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.’ “
Sounds like Thomas won't let the breakup of Denver and Tebow upset him too bad.
Thomas received criticism for, well, his criticism earlier today, but are his comments really out of line?
In regards to his comments about Tebow, I see nothing wrong with it. I believe Von Miller's response to Tebow's departure was more "business-appropriate," but Miller didn't have to catch Tebow's throws. It's no secret the man was not an accurate passer in Denver, and bad throws get receivers angry that they can't do their job and catch. Thomas played 11 regular season games last year, but had two catches or fewer in five of those games. We've seen wideouts speak their minds when they don't get targets, and now Thomas is letting his mouth run wild.
What I do have an issue with is his attack on the media, namely ESPN. I'm not going to try and say that the channel wasn't all over the eighth wonder of the world that is Tebow; there were points when the programming could've been titled TebowCenter and perfectly summed up what the show was about. But the guys at NFL Live and the numerous other football programs on ESPN had said many a time that it was the defense and special teams' doing that allowed Tebow to lead 4th quarter comebacks and look like a better quarterback than he was.
As for his thoughts on the QB situation in New York, Thomas threw in his two cents:
"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 gotta read the defenses and throwing patterns, but I feel like he thinks he can go out there and take Sanchez’s spot. I ain’t going to talk bad about Sanchez, but he’s not one of the best quarterbacks in the game, so I feel good about Tim going out there.”
So, Demaryius Thomas' final stance? "Ya know, Tim isn't so bad of a player...once he gets off my team."