"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)