Now for before everyone grabs their rocks and spears and prepares a lynch mob, I'm not debating All Time greatness here. Rod Smith is the greatest Broncos receiver of all time PERIOD. So what you have to do (and this proves difficult for some, even on the staff) is remove all nostalgia and sentimentality
Bottom line, one year with both players playing at their highest level, who is your starting #1 receiver? Again, we're not talking history, we're talking right here right now.
As evidenced in my All-Time 53 man roster yesterday, I choose DT.
My argument? Simple. Demaryius Thomas is a better talent. He's more physically skilled. He's faster, stronger, and provides more of an imposing presence on the outside. I mean, do you really see Rod Smith making catches like these?
The answer is no. What I'm saying right now, is that DT's skillset is more desireable to me as a #1. One of the only things Rod Smith has going for him is route running and we all saw that last season DT improved by leaps and bounds to the point where he was perfecting double and triple moves.
As far as the staff? Kyle and Ian would take Rod Smith.
Scotty, Pete, and I have DT.
Here's some of the juicy banter that has gone back and forth:
I get it. I see all of your comments here saying I don’t get it. I get it. It’s not about legacy. It’s about Rod Smith in his prime vs. DT in 2012. Give me Rod Smith, thankyouverymuch. I’m not buying DT after one – ONE! – season that wasn’t as good as Rod Smith’s best! --Kyle Montgomery
Rod will find a way and fight harder. -Kyle Montgomery
"Rod will find a way and fight harder" that's that underdog, little engine that could line Monty...that tells you right there you know DT is a better physical receiver. - Bronco Mike
Brandon Marshall, Rod Smith, Brandon Lloyd, Lionel Taylor THAN Demaryius Thomas. --Ian Henson
now Ian is going to say Marshall is a better physical speciman than DT? That argument is weaker than Dr. Seuss Ian :P --Bronco Mike
I think DT beats Rod Smith straight up, and I watched Smith’s entire career. I’ve seen both play. DT has bigger potential. --Bronco Mike
DT gets my vote too. Better overall athlete, more big play ability etc -- Scotty Payne
So there you have it. The folks that choose Rod Smith are having a hard time letting the past go, while the guys that are choosing DT can objectively assess talent aside from nostalgia :D
Seriously though, if you had to choose between Rod Smith and Demaryius Thomas to be the starting #1 on your team, who would it be? One shot, one year only, both are in the prime of their careers. Who would you choose?
Cool 70 Factoid:
The 1970's Broncos opened their season with three straight victories before losing 8 out of their next 11. Floyd Little was the Broncos only pro bowl selection that year...and he made it on the strength of averaging just 64.4 yards rushing per game.
Notable Broncos to wear #70:
Paul Smith 1968-1978
Dave Studdard 1979-1988