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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: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:15 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I agree with alot of what you say lotus; especially about Tebow's maniacal religious fans. You can only imagine the extremes of the hero-worship in Gainesville while he was at UF and he WAS performing at a high level. 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. And it just fans the flames for his most maniacal fans. As a nuetral observer/football fan, I wish everyone would just STFU and see if the guy can develop into a real NFL QB.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:08 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

yeah the lions know about terrible players...they only drafted stafford and calvin johnson(whos the best WR in the NFL). They didnt waste their picks. Pretty good picks if you ask me. Waste of a pick Denver

Denver has a long list of crappy draft picks, but I still remember Joey Harrington too.  How may #1 picks has detoilet had in the last 15 years?  They were bound to get 20% right

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:01 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I don't mean to single out Broncos fans here, but they, along with Tebow himself, brought all this on.  When a QB is that bad, he's going to be criticized.  It seems to me that whenever someone criticizes Tebow's play, the Tebow lovers think that his religious beliefs and faith are being called into question.  He probably is the role model of role models, but the fact is, he is a terrible Quarterback.  His mechanics are terrible, but even with a ton of work I don't think he has the physical ability to get much better.  He is getting his chance, but he'll likely be benched after another 2 or 3 games at the most.  I wonder how vocal the Broncos' faithful will be at that time when he's lost 4-5 games in a row.  Not very is my guess, because Broncos fans want to win as much as any other fan base, but it won't be Tebow racking up wins.

Come on, Josh... 'mean?'  This is the NFL, not a playground in elementary school.  At least he wasn't beaten up at recess (wait... he was!  sorry).  I've been told he still has his lunch money.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:59 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

really? you don't think the discussion is ripe for today?

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:57 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I feel bad for Tebow. His biggest "fans" are really his worst enemies.
Definitely true, if his fans would have calmed down a bit and given him a little more time to develop he wouldn't have been rushed out there before he was even close to being ready. But what's going on with Denver anyay? How do they trade away their best receiver in Brandon Lloyd who makes acrobatic catches (which is exactly what you need if you plan to start an innacurate Tebow), then throw Tebow out there? Any QB would struggle like Orton did, but Tebow's struggles seem monumental by comparison because he's clearly not ready to be a pro-QB and they trade away his best weapon??

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:49 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

No, the criticism is not too much, it comes with being an NFL quarterback. There are highs and lows in life. People go through shit everyday, and most of the world does not take notice. That is why when a person like Tebow is thrown into the spotlight, sometimes the outcome isn't so nice. I can remember time and time again saying he wasn't an NFL style quarterback. Sometimes the pundits are wrong, they were right about this one. What I saw on Sunday against the Lions was a quarterback that was completely lost. The Lions aren't even the best around, and they still made the Broncos look to be pathetic and without hope for this season. That is the nature of the beast. He got popular without really doing anything of note, and now he's on an island. That's what happens when ya make the big bucks.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:28 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I think the criticism is a little harsh but Tebow is also not very good. At one point in the 4th quarter he was 8-24 for 90 yards. I think some people are not willing to criticize Tim Tebow as much as some are going over board in crticizing him. I think there is no middle ground. But all in all the criticism is warranted. He is awful and should have been moved to safety or H-Back before the draft. That's another discussion for another day.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:46 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Lions aren't mocking Tebow as much as all the attention he is getting. I would say the media & the idiot Bronco fans are front & center on the idol worship of this guy. He does a very average job & get's praised up and down, does crappy & gets picked on. The guy is not a NFL QB--just leave it at that & let him play. I've never seen a guy with his talent get so much attention.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:06 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

As a Jet fan it is bullshit how HATERS can say the Jets choked or Rex is FAT when they are the only team the
last 2 years to go to back to back championship games.
Back-to-back? Oooooo. Now you're getting into Eagles territory. When your last title was in the 1960's, you need to fall back on something comforting.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:06 am

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Pity party for Tim Tebow?  Puh-leaze!!!  This article should be about how the MANY more astute Bronco fans who haven't liked Tebow from the start have been stomped on and stifled by the legion of Tebowners and who have every right to say now "we told you so".  Why didn't you write this story about how Tim Tebow had the hubris to write an autobiography at age 23, spent his off-season promoting himself, and what a truly "chaste" and "Christian" thing it was for him to do starring in a underwear ad campaign instead of spending time working with his teammates during the lock-out.  The only reason Tebow is starting is because of all the whining fans that somehow thought Tebow's college success would automatically make him "The Man" in the NFL.  Reality shows that every skeptic who questioned Tebow's throwing motion, his lack of passing accuracy, and his inability to read defenses and made hot reads has been right on the mark.  And if you think the mocking the Lions gave Tebow was bad - just think what it will be like in Oakland if Tebow has even half as bad a game this coming Sunday.  The Raiders and their fans must be salivating at the thought!

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