Terrell Suggs has never been shy about expressing his distaste for the hype that surrounds Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Not that the Ravens linebacker is ever shy about expressing his distaste for anything, really.
In the past, most Suggs’ comments about Tebow have been largely sarcastic, like the time that Suggs said he wasn’t going to worry about talk of him winning Defensive Player of the Year, and would instead “leave it in God’s hands, leave it in Tebow’s hands,” - a reference to Tebow’s religiousness.
But in a GQ article titled “The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time,” this more aggressive quote from the middle of the season (following the Broncos’ Week 8 loss to the Lions) is attributed to Suggs: “They say we were giving him a hard time because he’s a Christian. No, that’s not it! We were giving him a hard time because he was terrible.”
That’s the non-Brady Quinn quote from the GQ piece which will generate the bulk of the headlines, but there are other reactions from Suggs throughout the story which demonstrate the rollercoaster that we all went through while watching Tebow last season.
I think instead of just singling out that one Suggs quote, it’s important (and fair) to show them all.
From Weeks 15-17, when the Broncos lost three straight games: “I mean, it’s an insult to us players. You know, wins are hard to come by in this league, and if I was Denver’s defense, I would feel a certain way - they’re not allowed to (say it), ‘cause they’re all on one team, but people are making it look like Tim Tebow is the kid from Foxboro - which, that couldn’t be more opposite. It’s just crazy that we’re calling him a phenomenon when basically he’s mediocre. Cam Newton’s a way better quarterback than Tim Tebow, and we don’t have a Cam Newton phenomenon.”
Entering the Broncos’ wild card playoff game against Pittsburgh: “If he wins the playoff game, I’ll be very surprised. And I’ll get off him. And I’ll say, ‘I don’t know what it is about him, but he does know how to win.’ But until he wins the playoff game, I’m not a believer.”
Following Denver’s overtime playoff win over the Steelers: “I’m shocked. Jaw is on the floor! He shocked us all.”
The Ravens will host the Broncos this upcoming season, and it will be interesting to see what Suggs has to say about Tebow prior to that matchup.
That’s assuming, of course, that Tebow is still Denver’s starting quarterback when the two teams face off.