Steve Smith: Tim Tebow Wouldn’t Make My Son’s Flag Football Team

Tim Tebow has turned almost everyone into a believer these days, but one person who still hasn’t bought in is Panthers receiver Steve Smith. During an appearance on the Dave Dameshek Football Program, Smith gave credit to Tebow for winning, but was unwilling to praise him for being a difference maker.

“I don’t want to be one of the those guys like everybody saying ‘oh he’s not this’ — he’s winning,” Smith conceded. “But at the end of the day, you can’t be 3-10 for three quarters and you go into the fourth quarter. Because Tim Tebow is ‘Tebow Time’ I keep hearing, but nobody is giving credit to who deserves it — which is that defense, because it’s playing lights out.”

“Everybody wants to say Tim Tebow is that difference maker,” Smith said, “he wouldn’t be on my son’s flag football team.”

One of the aspects of Steve Smith that makes his interviews so enjoyable is that he’s honest. He is unafraid to give his opinion, even if it will upset people. Two weeks ago he received some backlash for saying Cam Newton was only the third-best quarterback he’s played with. Now he’s picked a new target, America’s hero.

While I agree that the Broncos’ defense has been overlooked the last two months, I believe Tim Tebow is part of the reason that unit has been more successful. Even though I’ll give Tebow more credit than Steve did, I do believe he needs to improve much more as a passer in order to have long-term success in the league. If Tim can become an elite passer, he will be successful. If he can’t, he likely will not.

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  • Anonymous

    Steve Smith says all that because Tebow is white. Had Tebow been black, Steve Smith would have praised him to no end. Typical racist black behavior.

  • Jonathan Uribe

    Ohhh.. So the same defense that they had when they had only won one game, is the reason they have won seven? I get it now. That is absolutely flawless logic.

  • Anonymous

    Gasp! You’re white and playing the race card? You sure are like YOU always do. People just arent’ smart enough to see you play it more than blacks do. When Tebow starts losing I can’t wait to rub it in your faces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chico-Devine/1730512640 Chico Devine

    Someone tell Steve Smith that his quarterback Cam Newton couldn’t even start over Tebow in college.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the comment that Newton couldn’t even start ahead of Tebow in college. Get’s kicked out for theft and honor’s violations, winds up at Auburn after Pop’s get’s some money, and Steve Smith states that Tebow couldn’t even start on his son’s flag football team. Smith is a lunatic, who plays on a losing team, and is lead at QB by Newton who has gawdy numbers but does not win. Look at all the INT’S. Throws for 2000+ yds., but give me the wins over stats any day.;  Steve Smith should only wish to be winning!! Steve Smith should just shut up and keep getting his yds. but keep on losing!!

  • Anonymous

    teabow is helping his team more then smith so he can feel free to shut the hell up.

  • Anonymous

    You dont understand football. Denver younger players had to learn the system they finally caught up to the likes of champ bailey & brian dawkins The defense is clearly sitting the offene up near the end of the game. for the victory.Tebow isnt getting the turnovers or kicking 50 plus field goals.Think about what your saying before you give your opinion deal with facts

  • Anonymous

    I wish all these tebow god fearing fans who no nothing about football go to church and talk about tebow there are really great QB haveing great seasons like Tom Brady, Arron Rodgers,Drew Brees and rookies like Cam Nrwton Andy Dalton even my niners Alex Smith is doing better an im no fan of his

  • Anonymous

    Steve tell us how great Jim Caldwell”s coaching skills are ! LOL
    Lose a quarterback , lose a defense , lose a team .

  • Anonymous

    Steve smith should shout his ass up keep your thoughts to yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mgretzky Mark Gretz

    Steve Smith “Tebow couldnt even play on my son’s flag football team” is a moronic statement. The fact that you believe what your saying is foolish. Now here comes the best part your son plays in a flag football league is his uniform a pink toto. wow he must really worship you

  • http://www.facebook.com/seminole42 Scott Williams

       I bet Steve Smith wishes Cam Newton could win like Tebow, shut your pie hole Steve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seminole42 Scott Williams

    Why don’t you go to church and pray Cam Newton can win a few more games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seminole42 Scott Williams

    You should really have more to look forward to in life, what a sad existence you must have.

  • Anonymous

    Why would i go to church and pray for cam to win more games im a 49ers fan have been since 1776

  • Anonymous

    Oh by the way scott cam newton completes 59.7 passes & 275yds. a game Tebow complets 48.5 passes & 150yds. a game the truth is tebow has the lowest completion rate in the nfl even QB that are backups.Carolina doesnt have as good a defense as denver thats why tebow team has more wins.
    no what your talking about before you shoot your mouth off

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000649891437 Corey Alexander Walker

    Cam Newton seems to be heading towards superstardom. Tim Tebow is a below average quarterback who gets way too much coverage on ESPN.

  • http://twitter.com/Dan_Legend Sheridan Taylor

    Hmm, how quickly Bronco fans forget their 5-0 start a couple of seasons ago with Kyle Orton who they thought was the second coming of John Elway. We all see how reality set in there, will only be time for reality to set in for Tebow. I understand why you guys want it to be true, because you have been terrible for over a decade, but don’t forget you have a third string QB at QB.

    Panther fans know all to well how Fox plays his QB’s. In the second half of the ’09 season Matt Moore lead John Fox’s Panthers to a 4-1 finish.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YQGYRDL3Z3SSYNJFPYVQ2GWFPA Dogma

    Is this the same defense that gave up 489 yards to the Vikes,
    344 to the Chargers 318 to the Jets,416 to Oakland and 376 to Detroit over this stretch???  The 22nd ranked scoring defense? 

    The same defense that has given up an average of 150 yards rushing to each opponent over the last nine games????? 

    The same defense that has played against 2nd or 3rd string QBs in 5 out of the last 7 games?  One 1st stringer they played against they allowed 45 points and the other is having his worst season ever as a pro?

    These are the “facts: you are spewing out?  Go watch a football game and get back to us Highlander.

  • Anonymous

    Does Cam Newton play football? If I have to depend on the NFL Sunday shows  I would not know. Afro American  QB s have been doing what Tebow has been doing for a long time. Those were called QB s/running backs and talked about negatively by coaches, Sunday NFL shows, and fans.  Doug Williams, Warren Moon had to go to Canada, McNabb, Cunningham.  The Afro American QB s were describe as athletic and the white QB s were always intelligent.  The Afro America QB pass was always caught by a better receiver.  The  NFL camera always focus on the receiver.   The white QB pass was always thrown by a better QB.  The NFL camera was always focus on the white QB.  That is just the way it is. So you set back and watch the game.  Dose Cam Newton play football in the NFL?  Don’t let start on the racist baseball story.  Clements lied before congrass, confirmed by Andy Pettitte he walks.  Mark McGuire pitching cooach in baseball he walks.  Berry Bonds the black man had to pay. Understand now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CV6F3ZV47RTPKBLMTWRVSKCLXQ dennis

    I believe racism is  alive and well on both sides.  Often wonder when somone is going to file a suit against the overwhelming number of blacks in the NFL compared to whites – or in baseball, where South Americans and other people of color are having such an impact.  I believe in “the best man for the job” – regardless of colot – luckily , we don’t apply the EEOC to sports (and we shouldn’t to the everyday job) – but that’s another story.  Steve Smith has a right to his opinion – and it’s just that – his opinion.  Tebow is a “bigger man” than Smith in my “opinion”.  I doubt you would ever hear Tebow say anything bad about Smith.  Too bad there are not more “players” in pro sports that “set the same example” for our youth that Tim Tebow does.

  • Anonymous

    Sportstruth , are you that f-ing stupid , the NFL has always commented on the black players as gifted , and outstanding . Look at the coaching picture ALL the white coach with losing records are ready to be let go , by the press , but they NEVER comment on black coach’s being “let go ”
    Hell with Manning I could coach that team  1-13 record and no talk of dismissal by the press , come on , get off that crack pipe !!

  • Anonymous

    Dogbut the defense is getting turnovers in the crunch time thats why they are winning doent matter how many yds. you give up as long as you get those turnovers. the patriots d. does the same thing and they won their divison. ive seen a hell of a lot more games than youll ever watch. the differents is i understand the game you dont. i just got back to you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1498623390 Mista Anderson

    You idiot!!! He didn’t give Cam Newton credit either…..READ!