Demaryius Thomas may have just become my new favorite wide receiver. No wait, my new favorite NFL player. No wait, my new favorite person.
Whenever a Broncos wide receiver does any interview or even steps out of their front door, they’re inevitably asked two questions. The words change, but they generally sound like this:
1. Hey, isn’t Peyton Manning awesome?
2. Hey, wasn’t Tim Tebow awesome?
Thomas went through this routine shortly after the Broncos signed Manning, and he mostly delivered the expected PR-friendly answers. Maybe a little bit of offseason boredom is setting in, or maybe he was roofied with some truth serum, because his tone took a swift turn on the Tebow front yesterday during an appearance on 790 The Zone in Atlanta.
He said what most football fans who aren’t addicted to the Tebow Kool Aid have been yelling from the highest peaks of our civilized world for months: #tebowtime was mostly a farce, and there was a pretty talented team around the Broncos’ former messiah that put Tebow in a position to pull off his late-game heroics.
Buckle those seat belts tight, you crazy Tebowmaniacs with your copyright claims. Here comes the Thomas train.
“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.’ “
Thomas added that there wasn’t any tension towards Tebow, but said that the pass to him that ended Pittsburgh’s season in the playoffs will linger, and maybe create a false lasting image of Tebow’s Denver legacy. He wasn’t happy to see Tebow leave, but he wasn’t sad either.
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.
Rough translation: it wasn’t much fun being a wide receiver in Tebow’s offense because he was rarely asked to make a forward pass, and when he did attempt a pass it was often wobbly, and wide of its intended target. Again, all quite common knowledge for the sane-minded Tebow viewer, but interesting to hear candidly from one of his primary receivers during his time in Denver.
The surprising honesty didn’t stop there, with Thomas saying that during film sessions teammates would call Tebow out and say “Tim you gotta make that throw. You gotta read the defenses better.” He also said that Mark Sanchez will need to work hard to keep his starting spot because he’s “not one of the best quarterbacks in the game.”
If and when he’s asked about Thomas’ comments, Tebow will inevitably say that he’s working hard to improve, and he enjoyed his time in Denver but now he’s focused on the Jets, and then he’ll say something about praising someone. But cold, harsh reality is never easy to hear, and a former teammate just did a whole lot of truth telling.