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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.

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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: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:21 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

An "unnamed" Lions defender? What a man. He talks trash about opposing players but does not have the balls to be named. He should be proud he's hiding.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:07 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Redwings 1969 its not just the Broncos game.  Suh has been fighting the dirty player stigma for his hits on QB's.  Then the hole hand shake gate.  Then it came out deffensive linemen were taunting an injured Matt Ryan.  Nobody is questioning how good Detroit has been but they have handled that success like a bunch of punks.  Just like the Jets.  Nobody in the Detroit organization has condoned any of thier behavior that is why the team is starting to get a negetive rep.  Most football fans have been in Detroits corner so its not jelousy.  If anything its dissapointment. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:17 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The problem is Tebow is the best running back currently playing in Denver.  Yes, that is the problem he is playing quarterback and should be an H-back.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:13 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Your post is nothing but rascist hate.  I bet you hate jews too.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:45 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

But c'mon, Lions. I'm delighted by your recent success but you aren't so far from 0-16 that you can talk about anybody being "embarrassing" or "a joke."  

All kidding aside, I have a question. How does ONE anonymous player saying something negative about an opposing team's player represent an entire organization?  How does ONE other defensive player making fun of Tebow on the field represent an entire organization?  That's TWO players in total.....  I have to wonder, is all of this because the Lions are finally winning some games and getting some attention?

When somebody on the Jets said he was going after Tony Romo, specifically where he was injured I didn't see thread after thread last 10 or 20 pages talking about how the Jets as an organization suck.   When Polimalu did something stupid last weekend, is it really the entire Steelers franchise at fault?

How stupid are you people? Really, tell me.  

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:44 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

This article is a CROCK!  His unashamed promoters blatantly flaunted their new son of G#d at every moment's opportunity - and never did Tebow realistically try to muzzle it.  Well, now the BS lovefest is coming to an end.  This is why you don't run up the score in the NFL (literally and figuratively).  Maybe now that STATUE - for a 22 yo, no less - might be considered a bit too much??? See the Old Testament for further details.  LOL

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:36 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The criticism of Tebow comes from two reasons.....

1) The overhype by his religious fan base and fact that he was drafted  probably 3 to 4 rounds too early
2) And yes, the fanbase which seems to have anointed him the "only" or "best" Christian in the NFL

I will start with number 1. He should have never been drafted so high. I hate people saying he won and has always been a winner. He played for an SEC powerhouse. Granted he did win and is one of the best college players, but it was never as a throwing style quarterback. Also most of the players in the NFL have been winners all their life. Being a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback means nothing.....see Matt Leinart, Chris Weinke and Danny Wuerfell as examples. Hell, Charlie Ward and Andre Ware were never even given shots to start as a quarterback.  All these guys were big winners in college, had great careers in college, won Titles in college and would never start in the NFL.

The second point is the the fanbase and hype. Peyton Manning was the biggest locks coming out of college as a quarterback we have seen. Yet he never was hyped as much as Tebow. Why is that? The reason has to be the religious angle and we all can agree, Tebow does not come close to the skills of a young Manning when drafted. Manning struggled with the Colts but showed signs that he had all the skills. Tebow may not but gets the hatred because of the hype by his fans and maybe himself and media on the religion. Most players are religious but Tebow seems to carry the cross for people. Not sure why? I believe in God and consider myself religious in my own way. I do resent someone telling me someone is "more" religious than someone else. You can not be "more" religious. A good person is a good person. Deeds of kindness whether it be by thanking a cashier and offering a smile or doing some church task are both acts of kindness. God doesn't care who wins a football game. He doesn't care who has better stats. These trivial things are up to us. The resentment that comes from the Detroit players and others around the league is from this fanbase that seems to say, "forget all the skills and ability it takes to play quarterback, forget the fact that others may believe in God and be religious because Tebow is more religious and now has the monopoly on faith, forget that everyone else in the NFL have had stories and success, because Tebow will succeed because God wants him to"...........

P.S. for those of you who compare him to Painter just remember, Painter wasn't drafted number 1, Painter was a backup and had no ambition to succeed Peyton, this year or in the future.

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