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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.

Tulloch

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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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Time to create Kyle Orton billboards

Wasn't it Bronco fans who made a billboard begging the coach to play Tebow and bench Orton? Those fans should be embarrassed for calling out Orton. Orton has hands-down beaten Tebow for the starting QB spot each of the last two seasons.  Tebow needs to win the position, not get prayed into it by fans.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

WHY SHOULD ANYONE MAKE AN APOLOGY; LAST TIME I LOOKED EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO FREE SPEECH. ATHIESTS CAN HAVE AN OPINION TOO.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

TEBOW  TEBOW TEBOW OOPS ORTON ORTON ORTON OOPS GOD GOD GOD OOPS
ONE CAN'T PLAY FOOTBALL
ONE IS NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY FOOTBALL
ONE DOES NOT EXIST
 
POOR DENVER: LOOKS LIKE ALL THEIR HEROS HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING

MAYBEY THEY SHOULD PLAY NOT PRAY

HOPE THE RAIDERS PILE IT ON NEXT WEEK  10 SACKS WOULD BE GOOD



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I'm afraid Denver is going to have to start looking at the option of converting "Saint Tim" to a Tight End.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Mimmicking someone praying was as bad as it gets.  Do they think Tebow is the only person that prays?  Is that a direct insult towards religion?  That was done in very bad taste and the Lions organization should give a public apology.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I am all for the losers that are the Detroit Lions finally doing well, but I am surprised by the total lack of class they showed during the game.  Were other players mocking Detroit during the past MANY years of them stinking it up?  Tebow is clearly not a great QB at this time; heck, he is not even good.  But, to mock someone in prayer is pathetic.  Tebow is over the top, but I have not seen him show such disrespect to anyone. 

Come on Detroit!  Many in the country would like to pull for you, but quit acting like jerks. 


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