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Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 6:25 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Tim Tebow criticism, at times, gets out of control. When the media piles on, it’s kind of expected, but when Tebow is so bad, that his opponents outright mock him during the game (as seen by Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch Tebowing Tebow after Tulloch sacked Tebow on Sunday), it’s clearly time to think about pulling back.


But if you were in the Lions locker room following Detroit’s 45-10 pounding of Denver, the criticism wasn’t close to ending. In fact, it was rather harsh.

“Can you believe ‘15’?” one Detroit Lions defender told Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver. “Come on -- that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on -- that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”

Which, frankly, is some stunning disrespect. While we try to criticize Tebow in a way that’s playful -- I certainly don’t have anything against the man, and I think his character and goodwill are a credit to the NFL -- we try not to be outright mean. That anonymous Lions player was outright mean.

Tebow's Progress
Look, it’s not like this is all Tebow’s fault. Kyle Orton couldn’t win with this bunch either, and Tebow’s skill set clearly isn’t strong enough to make him competent as an NFL quarterback. We don’t know if it will ever be good enough. But since he’s the only Broncos quarterback with a contract that extends beyond the end of this season, John Elway and John Fox wanted to see what he could do on the football field. The coaching staff is the one that’s playing him, whether it's deserved or not.

Clearly, he’s not ready. Clearly, that’s not all his fault. But the criticism continues, and considering he’s on a $9.7125 million contract, he’s ripe for it. But not all of it is fair.

Why, though, such vitriol from his fellow players? Well, Silver has a theory.
However -- and this is a big however -- there’s a glaring disconnect between many fans’ assessment of Tebow’s status as a wholesome winner and the way many NFL players process his presence. To some, the notion that Tebow somehow pushes harder or taps into a higher power than they do is insulting. The NFL is full of maniacally driven grinders who’ve overcome incredible odds to reach the pinnacle of their profession, and many of them are clean-living and well-mannered, too.

While few NFL players seem to have a problem with Tebow on a personal level, I know plenty who are put off by the mythology and the holier-than-thou fan base that lionizes his every accomplishment and perceives negative depictions of his ability through a persecution-complex-tinted prism.

Silver makes a good point, and with the way Tulloch and Lions tight end Tony Scheffler, who mocked the Tebowing phenomena by posing after a touchdown catch, mocked him, that hypothesis can’t be off base.

Yet, it’s unfortunate that his players have to be so mean. After all, most of them haven’t faced the kind of national criticism and ridicule Tebow is currently experiencing. It’s just too bad that Tebow’s grace has been turned against him.

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Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:58 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Too much... how about over the top way too much. It isnt criticism of Tebow, it is downright hate. The guy has been the starter for how many weeks? I dont think I have ever seen as much hate for a player, ever. Sadly, it has to be because of his religion. Didnt want to say it, but I couldnt help it. I seem to remember a QB that "played" for the Raiders some time ago and he basically made Al Davis work part time to pay for his salary. Where is all that hate for that guy? What about the Leafs and Couches and others that were drafted high and didnt work out? I am not a Denver Bronco fan, not a University of Florida fan or even a Tebow fan, but to read the negativity put on this man is wrong. He is just a man. I am sure he would be the first to tell you that. He might not work out for the Broncos, or any NFL team. He does deserve a chance. He does play on a team that isnt great. The head coach just got fired last year, remember? Is any of the team's problems his fault? No, sports writers like to ball up the blame and cast it on number 15. I dont know if he will succeed in the NFL, but cant everybody just chill out about the guy for awhile. Many people have their minds made up and only want to see the bad. Hey, didnt the Broncos win a big comeback just a week ago?? Oh that's right you were looking for the loss that they got this week. The one thing that I do know, whether Tebow is a winner in the NFL doesnt matter. Here is why, regardless of whether the Broncos win or lose, I have a feeling that Tebow will be alright and my life doesnt hinge on the winning percentage of the Broncos, so mine will be too. It is a game people, for the people that can see and enjoy it, do that.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:53 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Let's see.  Cut him and throw almost 10 million in the trash, or keep him and try and let him develop.   Hmmm, wonder what I'd do?  There's quite a few famous successful QB's with a worse or equally slow start as his.  Someone with more football knowledge than any of us saw something in him.  I doubt very much his religion had anything to do with it one way or the other.  Big business financial decisions aren't made on the basis of a prospective employees religious beliefs.  I don't know, but my guess is his Heisman and National championship had something to do with it.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:47 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I tell you what I love, is all the "just make him a fullback or tight end and he could be good, he's just not a starting QB in the NFL."  Who says this guy could be even a half way decent fullback in the NFL?  He runs pretty good for a QB, but fullbacks aren't running the ball in the NFL they're blocking.  I have no idea whether this guy can lay the wood to a 250 lb blitzing linebacker or not, but he sure hasn't done anything in his career to PROVE he can.  And if he can't block, does he have the hands to play tight end?  Seems like an insult to NFL fullbacks and tight ends to just assume this guy could do what they do at the same level without a problem.  He's SUPPOSED to be a QB.  If he's not that, methinks his chances at being an NFL caliber anything else are pretty slim.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:46 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

How quickly detoilet players forget that a few years ago they were 0-16. I am not sure they are qualified to talk about any player for any team when they are the one team that win winless in a 16 game season.  Enjoy your win Detoilet, it has been an eternity since you were relevant in anything that has to do with winning in the NFL.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:46 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Well let's check some stats....Tebow's Sunday stats are comparable to Brady's and Brees's numbers. Tebow plays with proly one of the worst teams in the NFL. Brady and Brees play with Super Bowl contenders. Tebow has no weapons and the Pats and Orleans are loaded. All three lost. Denver was a big dog. Orleans was supposed to roll over St L.  You tell me who choked. Tebow's stats were better than half the QBs Sunday.  The one All Pro Denver had Lloyd was traded. Fox put to gether a pathetic doomed to fail game plan according to all the sports mag experts. Elway would like nothing more than to lose out and get a shot at Luck. Fox is trying to make that happen. Nobody said Tebow is going to ever be an All Pro. But the facts are he has zero support in Denver on the field or in the organization.Brees and Brady would refuse to play in Denver. Det mugged Tebow and he took it like a man.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:45 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

How good of a Christian is Tim Tebow? Not a good one, since On Sunday, is a day of rest. So sayeth the Lord....Just saying.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:43 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

You don't know squat.  Rothlesrapist is a discredit to the male sex.  Mocking, taunting whatever you want to call it has no place in althletics at any level nor should it be tolerated.  The Lions linebacker is going to pay for his lack of sportsmanship and dignity at some point.  Losers mock and taunt.  And Detroit what do you expect out of that place.  The city is broke.  If it weren't for the grace of God, the Ford family, GM, Chrysler, the ownership of the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings nobody would get to see some idiot no name linebacker be a buffoon on a sunday afternoon!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:37 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Anybody who thinks Tebows place in the NFL has anything to do with his faith are just ignorant.  He was drafted because he was one of the best college players ever to play the game.  His critisism comes from the fact he was drafed 2 rounds too early and do to that the expectassions are way to high.  I personally dont care how good or bad he winds up being.  But I do think its sad to hear that quote from a Lions player after the game.  Calling the opposing teams QB a joke and bragging about how dominant you were is just sad.  The way the Lions D plays you want to root for them.  The way they act you want to spit on them.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:36 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I just wish the Tebow lovers and the Tebow haters would chill and let everything play itself out.   People rush to defend him because he gets too much undeserved criticism.  Why people love him and hate him so much I don't really understand.  Some great qbs looked awful early in their careers, and some lousy qbs looked pretty good early on.  Frankly, while I like Tebow, the odds are stacked against him.  Fox doesn't have a reputation for developing qbs (Delhomme seemed to regress a little every year), and he doesn't have an overly impressive group of receivers to whom he can throw.  I haven't even started on his limitations as a passer. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:32 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Tebow sucks.   Nice guys finish wherever ther talent takes them and with Tebow, it won't take him very far in the NFL.  End of story.

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