Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/15/12

The Broncos’ success last season had many fans pleased, but it was also a touchy subject for many of the team’s players. A lot of people quietly felt that the team’s defense is what carried them to victories even though Tim Tebow received most of the attention, headlines, and credit. Willis McGahee certainly agrees.

“As a player just sitting back and watching you have to expect that to happen. The quarterback is going to get all the praise if we win and he’s going to get the blame if we lose,” the Broncos running back said on WQAM in Miami on Thursday. “You really can’t argue about that but we know as a team what we did on the football field and me personally, I think the defense deserved basically all the credit because they were playing lights out football.”

Champ Bailey expressed a similar sentiment in January, but he said he didn’t mind the defense being overshadowed as long as the team was winning. We think it probably was a touchy subject the entire time, but the players just kept quiet about it for the most part.

It’s easy to see how having Tim Tebow on your team can create an uncomfortable environment for the rest of the players because he’s such a central figure. But I will remind both McGahee and Bailey that stats showed that Tebow’s play actually led to an improved defense.

Photo credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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