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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: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:09 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

What bothers me is the Detroit player with the heavy criticism remains anonymous. If you're gonna talk bad about a player, go on record like a man. Tebow is under a microscope, but with a 9 million-dollar contract, that's the way it is...The Broncos are a mess and I'm not sure if there is another QB in the league that could turn them around by himself. I'm not a Tebow disciple, but I would trade Grossman/Beck for Orton/Tebow. The ownership is really to blame for this mess, which in turn makes Tebow a martyr and his 15 minutes of fame gets an extention. He had to know he wasn't ready, but he said nothing and let the chips fall. Now he will have to improve or live with the fact he came up short.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:56 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Tebow's throwing motion is the worst i've ever seen for an NFL QB.
He takes 5 minutes to throw the ball, and it looks like he's heaving pumpkins over a hill just to make a 10 yard throw.
The "Tebowing" to mock him? Not a big deal at all. Even though that Detroit team is full of terrible sports, them mocking him doesn't seem so extreme to me. It's not like they were s***ting on Christianity or anything, lighten up America, jeez...  
Nothing personal to Tim, but he's just never gonna cut in the NFL asa QB. He seems like he would be an awesome wildcat QB though, like Brad Smith in Buffalo.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:41 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The criticism IS too much, but it's entirely proportionate to the hype. That's how it goes.

That is true, if the hype is huge, the criticism will follow, and be just as big. The fact is, Tebow is not ready, he has the slowest release time I have ever seen, and he dances around alot when he should just throw the ball to his check down guy, or throw it away. If you play in the NFL, and you play this poorly, your are going to get criticized, period. Is is too much, probably, but the hype was way too much as well.

I have been a Lions fan since I could walk and talk, they are walking around with a huge chip on thier shoulder. Dont get me wrong, I love the aggresive style, especially on defense, but they are being a bit arrogant. I would like to see them tone the arrogance down a bit and just go out and play football, and maybe stop a running play or two before you start walking around with all this swagger. The fact of the matter is they are 6-2, which is great, but they have not won anything yet. When they start winning year in and year, which I believe they will do, then they walk around with some swagger. But for now, go out and prove that you are an elite team before you start acting like it, please. Aggressive is one thing, arrogance is another. One good thing about it is that they remind me of another team that was the doormat of the NFL for a long time, then started winning like crazy really fast, and were very arrogant the entire time. That team being the Patriots. I am in no way comparing the two, just saying that is a similar "swagger" that the Lions are walking around with.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:29 am

Oh, the hypocrisy

The same people who want people to "take it easy" on Timmy boy are the same who pump up the hype machine. Sorry, you want to pump this aberration of an NFL up? Ok, then be prepared for the criticism 10 fold when he (inevitably) fails. 

This is what you Tebow lovers wanted. He's on the front of sports websites, being talked about, being analyzed and discussed. He has a starting job with an NFL team. THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED. YOU GOT IT. It's TEBOW TIME.


Now, as he fails miserably and proves to the world that being a gamer/winner/leader is not enough to be successful in the NFL, tebow lovers get to see/hear/experience his DOWNFALL.

The criticism is on par (below in my opinion) the praise and hype he received.  

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:29 am

Awwww, Timmy's Feelings Were Hurt.....

This articly is the worst type of "journalism."  The man is making millions to be a sub-par quarterback on a sub-par team.  He pushes his agenda in front of everyone, whether we want to hear it or not (I really don't care if he is still a virgin or not....).  Everybody says he is the second coming, but can't get the ball 15 yards downfield.  His mechanics are awful.  His accuracy is terrible.  I would even go so far as to say his missionary work is an affront to local cultures ("I'll help you out, but only if you believe in the same things as me.")

Most of the players in the NFL have a shelf life of 3-4 years.  Folks that do not have "God-given" talent are busting tail every single day just to stay in the league.  They play special teams, tackling as receivers or fielding punts as a cornerback, just to have a job.  Most make the league minimum or close to it to destroy their bodies for a lifetime, just so that they can play the game.  Very few of these ballers ever get a mention.  Heck, Steve Tasker should be in the Hall Of Fame as the ultimate baller.

To make matters worse, if Tebow was black, he would have already been converted into a tight end or halfback.  Michael Robinson had better throwing skills, but couldn't stay on as the 49'ers fullback.  Antwaan Randle-el.  Brad Smith.  Heck, even Matt Jones, who was white, had better throwing skills, but made an effective switch to wide receiver (before the Call Of The Blow...).

Tebow would make a good fullback or h-back in the Chris Cooley mold.

In his current position, he is nothing more than an object for ridicule.  The guys, like Tulloch, who have been cut or had to work through practice squads honing their skills, have every right to show the "Golden Child" how REAL hard work and dedication to the art pays off in the long run.  This is a non-issue - if Tebow can't handle some ridicule, how do you ever expect for him to handle a 5 man rush (with a total mass of over 1100 pounds, may I add...)?

Thanks for your time. 

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:26 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The criticism IS too much, but it's entirely proportionate to the hype. That's how it goes.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:22 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

"Yet, it’s unfortunate that his players have to be so mean." um... have you ever seen an NFL football game? it's all about mean.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:54 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Lions and Christians have a long history of not playing well together.

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."  I am a huge Tebow detractor and wish he would join the Peace Corps as soon as possible, but he didn't deserve this.  Not while pulling himself out of the sod where he was just planted, enabled by the collection of Taco Bell counter workers that call themselves his offensive line.

Look, the guy can't throw with precision, strength or accuracy.  He can't hit receivers who are wide open or covered thoroughly.  He can't hang onto the ball. He can't read a defense or make adjustments at the line.  His immediate instinct is to run and even that is getting him buried.  And now we know that he isn't "a winner." 

Tebow is a puppy.  His enthusiasm and effervescent energy is cute for a while, but he's absolutely ruining your carpet and your best shoes. He isn't remotely housebroken and isn't even close to being ready to hunt.  But he's so damned cute . . .  

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:46 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Love it. Maybe Tim should have asked his disciples, I mean fans, to cool the hype machine a bit a few years ago. If he can receive all the praise he can take all the criticism. I think Silver put the non-worshipping thoughts about Tebow succintly well. Like government, religion has not place in sports. In my opinion, religion has not place anywhere accept a history book.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:34 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

He hasn't earned that on the field (yet?) in Denver.  But the Lions acted like d*cks about the whole thing. And they need to be called out for it. Taunting a guy for his religious personna is no better than worshipping him for it; it is just mean

Wow.  Can't wait to see what happens if the Lions win their next game in Chicago because this is getting funnier and funnier every week. We are now at 23 pages where people are for the most part discussing how mean the Detroit Lions are for showing up Tim Tebow in a blowout of a game.   First it was Suh that was a meanie, then it was Schwartz that was a meanie, and now it's somebody else.

Anyway, I'm very happy with the 6-2 start and the 4-0 road record, it's all good for me.  You guys keep this thread going, I love the national attention the Lions are FINALLY getting..... great record, very good team so far and a D that plays with an edge and an attitude all game long.

I love it !!! 

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