Apparently on tonight’s Inside the NFL, Phil Simms made a point of saying Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow got “cut a lot of slack” for his 13 of 27, 161-yard, 2 touchdown game (the bulk of which came in the last five minutes) in – HELLO – an actual win by his team on Sunday.
“If Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, any of those guys played a game like that, how would it have been taken? You know, even in their rookie years, they would have been destroyed for it.”
Yes, Phil, indeed. Had Mark Sanchez, say, gone 7 for 15 for 104 yards and a touchdown in a narrow victory over a bad team, he’d have been laughed out of the league. Even as a rookie.
Well, what do you know? Turns out Sanchez didn’t just have a game sort of like that – he had that game. On December 3, 2009, the rookie Sanchez turned in those numbers in a 19-13 win over the 4-8 Buffalo Bills. Did he get destroyed? Don’t see it in this recap. How about this one? Nope. This one? Uh-uh. (Though coach Rex Ryan did call Sanchez a “knucklehead” for diving instead of sliding while trying to get a first down and hurting his knee. Is calling someone a “knucklehead” destroying them?)
Not seeing where Sanchez got destroyed for having pedestrian numbers in a game his team won.
How about Flacco? What if you had to go all the way back to….October 2nd of this year to find Flacco having a 10-for-31, 163 yard, 1 interception performance in a win? Man, I’ll bet his coach, John Harbaugh, really lit into him after that performance.
“I think we played against a really good defense, and you want to be smart about the kind of throws you make when you have the corners out there covering receivers real tight. Do you want to know what I remember? I remember the third down completion to LaQuan Williams, where we were running the ball about 14 times in a row, and then we got that third down conversion to get about three more minutes off the clock. So, to me that was a great throw and a great catch against really good corners. Credit our offense for finding a way to win a game.”
Well, yeah, you can choose to remember a third down completion to convert a third down and eat more time off the clock if you want. Just like you can remember two touchdown throws and a run for a two-point conversion, all in the last five minutes. In a game your team won. I guess you can do that. If you want. But, really, why not just make something up about how other quarterbacks who performed like that would get destroyed? It’s television, you have to say stupid stuff.