Posted Tue Apr 17th by Tim Lynch
I was reading Peter King’s mailbag on my lunch break today and I fell 100% on his side in regards to Demaryius Thomas‘ comments about Tim Tebow last week. It’s not that I am a fan of Tebow and not Thomas, because that just isn’t true. I like them both and I really like the upside Demaryius has, but his comments came off as a bit classless to me as it did for King. Of course, those who have always had it in for Tebow rejoiced over Demaryius’ comments, but throwing anyone under the bus who really doesn’t’ deserve it just reflects poorly on your own character. Von Miller on the other hand, shows us fans how to be classy to former teammates.
Anyway, check out Peter King’s response to an email on the subject here:
Jonathan, thanks for your well-reasoned email. It was one of many messages to me — tweets too — that backed Thomas and criticized me for writing that a little gratitude toward Tebow would have been nice. My point had zero to do with how good Tebow is, or crediting Tebow with X yards and Thomas with Y yards. It has to do with Tebow, who delivered the ball that will likely go down in history as the biggest pass play of Thomas’ NFL career, however long it lasts, getting dissed by Thomas on his way out the door. That’s all.
Regardless how Thomas feels about Tebow, his statement seemed classless to me. And yes — the touchdown was due more to Thomas’ speed and ability to avoid the attempted tackle on the play. But the pass had to be made, and it was made on target, 24 yards through the air as you say.
We’d both agree Tebow is the most inaccurate quarterback in the league. But on this huge play — at the start of overtime, in a playoff game against a legitimate Super Bowl contender — Tebow delivered the ball well and Thomas did the rest. Team effort. Why sully it by basically saying he was all but shunned by Tebow the rest of the time?
Here is what the respected Len Pasquarelli wrote in his “Tip Sheet” column last Friday: “It is borderline disingenuous for Thomas to suggest that Tebow basically ignored him … Over the final seven games, which included Thomas’ monster, four-catch, 204-yard performance in the playoff victory over Pittsburgh, he was a ‘target’ 65 times, or on nearly 40 percent of Tebow’s pass attempts. Those final seven games included three contests in which Thomas was thrown to 10 or more times, including a pair of 13-target games.”
Read more: Sports Illustrated
It is okay to move on from Tim Tebow, but let’s not forget he took a 1-4 team with no heart and took them to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. I will never forget 2011 and the sense of wonder and magic it held. Demaryius may think it should be focused on the team effort, but to us fans, where was this “team effort” from weeks 1-5?? It may all have been an amazing coincidence and quarterbacks do tend get more credit or more blame than they deserve. No one with football brains blames Kyle Orton for the 1-4 start, but he was the only one benched for it.
I don’t know about you, but I plan to always celebrate the 2011 season. I won’t sit back and let people marginalize it either simply to gratify their own bias for or against Tebow. The 2012 season can’t start soon enough!