Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tebow on Thompson: Everyone Chill

"I don't think Deonte meant anything by that. He was just stating facts. Brantley is a guy who throws on timing. You know when the ball is coming and when it's not."

-- Tim Tebow, on Deonte Thompson's comments that John Brantley was a "real" quarterback. This incited a two-layer kerfluffle:

(1) That Thompson might have been slighting Tebow. My feeling is that Thompson didn't intend a slight, and that Tebow's read is the same as mine: Brantley is - for lack of a better phrase - a more "traditional" QB than Tebow was. I don't think anyone will dispute this.

In fact, I have said here repeatedly that by the end of the 2010 season, Brantley will be the No. 2-rated NFL QB prospect for the 2011 Draft, behind Jake Locker (not unlike Mark Sanchez's one-year leap).

(2) This thing yesterday where Urban Meyer went off on the Sentinel's Jeremy Fowler for printing the Thompson quote. Urban can do what he wants, frankly; similarly, it's not Fowler's job to make Meyer happy. Here's the thing:

The original sin here wasn't Fowler quoting Thompson; it was everyone in sports media totally mis-reading Thompson's quote, for maximum sensationalism. That, in turn, brought out Meyer's defensiveness (or attempt to re-frame power over the media in the post-Tebow era).

As with the ridiculous Wonderlic anecdote yesterday, let's let Tebow have the last word -- and the role of cooling off over-heated media... and coaches.

(h/t: PB Post)

-- Dan

6 comments:

  1. Boy, just when you thought Tim would get some downtime after his Pro Day and the speculation from these past couple of months.

    Now, just this past week or so he's had to do some damage control regarding this and the Florio "story." I feel bad for him, TBH.

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  2. I am truly getting ill from what the media is becoming especially with the growth of the internet. There has to be some way that people can put pressure on the media when they abuse people like they have guys like Tebow and Deonte Thompson here.

    That story that Florio posted about some supposed Wunderlic test incident could really damage Tebow's career. Tebow's strength is as a leader. If teams think he isn't respected as a leader then it could prevent those teams from drafting him.

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  3. "That story that Florio posted about some supposed Wunderlic test incident could really damage Tebow's career. Tebow's strength is as a leader. If teams think he isn't respected as a leader then it could prevent those teams from drafting him."

    Hopefully, that's not the case. We've heard numerous coaches already say their praises about Tebow. And even before the article came out, everyone has already known how much of a leader he is. Opinions aren't going to change just b/c of one article that obviously was a fluke from the beginning.

    I think a lot of people are aware of Florio's tactics and agenda. And from what I've heard and read, I don't think he's considered a respected journalist.

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  4. Is Fowler guilty of anything? He just took a quote. It's my understanding that a lot of writer's don't make up their own headlines. If that's true, in this case it's the Sentinal that did the damage.
    Either way, Meyer's reaction seems more like a defense of Tebow than Thompson.

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  5. ^^Fowler didn't do anything wrong. Yes, it was poorly phrased by Thompson, and yes, Fowler or someone should have asked a follow-up just to clarify what was exactly meant. But regardless, it *was* a legitimate quote. That is true, regarding headlines. It's the copy editors who usually write the headlines.

    Fowler said on Sportscenter tonight that Meyer was more than likely defending Thompson b/c supposedly he's been upset regarding what was reported.

    What bothers me is how the negative brunt of this incident is also linked to Tim. He didn't utter a peep until he defended Deonte, but now it gives his haters more fuel just b/c his name is included in the entire debacle. And who do we have to thank for that? The media, who keep relentlessly digging at empty leads.

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  6. The REAL guilty party is Mike Bianchi who took the quote and sensationalized it in his COLUMN.

    I went off about it and how 'much' coverage we are getting in general over on my blog.


    Gil
    http://gilwolchock.blogspot.com

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