There doesn’t seem to be much nostalgia for the days of Tebowmania among Broncos wide receivers.
We’ve already heard Demaryius Thomas talk about his happiness about the change in quarterbacks from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning and now Eric Decker is weighing in with similar sentiments. He doesn’t make it about himself quite as much as Thomas did, but Decker left very little uncertainty about his thoughts during an interview with 102.3 The Ticket in Denver.
“Tebowmania. Yeah, obviously he’s earned the right to have conversations about him,” Decker said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I guess at the same time, to be honest with you it is nice just to kind of focus back on football, and we talk football and there’s not — there’s still a lot of excitement here with the football. I mean, he is a great teammate. I respect him greatly. But again, like you were saying, a lot of the focus right now is on football, is really talking about how we’re gonna form this team to win some ball games next year.”
It’s a strange football world when signing one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time as a free agent qualifies as keeping off-field noise to a minimum.
Decker didn’t have a terrible season with Tebow in 2011. It is hard to imagine his own numbers won’t go up if Manning is fully recovered after neck surgery, though, so you can understand why Decker might prefer life in Denver now that Manning is the quarterback.