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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: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:36 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



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:34 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Hey Lions dont get so cocky!!!! Just checked the stat line, not all that different. Besides the pick and fumble returns you won the field postion game to outscore them. You may have had double(or more) points but  its not like you didnt allow any yardage either.I missed most of it but i get the felling that the Broncs shot themselves in the foot with penalties again ,and by the stats they played fumblitis way to much.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:31 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Tell ya what 8ball B  I'd like the Lions this year against the Jets this year. Heck I'd like the Lions in the Meadowlands to boot.
Oh bye the way, How's that Sanchez pick working out for you guys.



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:28 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

bottom line is Tebow is not a NFL QB. never was never will be. he is not accurate, no arm, cant read defenses, and a long release. the only thing he's good at is promoting himself and selling jerseys to people who don't know any better. he was a great NCAA QB but no different than Jamarcus Russell. Good job moving up in the draft to get him Denver. you wasted that pick. Denver fans that think he's a better QB than Orton are just blind. Seems like he's a down to earth guy but he won't be leading you to a championship let alone the playoffs anytime soon. BUST



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:25 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Let's face it, if Tim Tebow were a black man he wouldn't have so many defenders.  Maybe ESPN should make a black Tebow like they did for white-Vick.  That worked out well.  Sure, religion is a factor too but it's primarily race.  Why aren't we talking about Cam Newton constantly?  That kid is a one-man wrecking crew.  I want more Cam Newton, not Tim Tebow.  I doubted Cam coming out, but I am a believer.  Maybe if he were white and openly discussed his religion everyone would love him.  That isn't a shot at Tebow.  That is a shot at everyone who idolizes him.  



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:24 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Ostentatious Christianity and Tim Tebow - well said. I'm a Detroit fan living in the Pacific NW and was watching the game at a local pub with a couple of Bronco fans. They walked out at the half, and both said that Tebow wasn't the answer and were very disgusted at Bronco Managment for even drafting him. Now they have a cross to bare to the tune of 9 mil. Hope they like the taste of that, It's like eating one of those nasty waffers from communion only there aint no redemption.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:23 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Exactly right about the "culture wars" and wearing his religion on his sleeve, but other than being anti-abortion I've never seen him grinding a political Ax.  I'm only guessing, but I'd bet his anti-abortion viewpoint is a result of religion not politics.  Speculation based on his  obviously deeply held faith would make me believe he's probably conservative.  Who cares?  We're talking about sports not politics.  He's not running for president.  He's trying to move his team down a football field not into the Promised Land.

It's so irrational to have such viceral hate for someone because of the way they pray or worship.  Why should these nuts give a crap.  I don't get it and you'd have to call my religious beliefs as non-existant.

Where I disagree is that I believe he can be successful as a QB in the NFL.  Give him a chance and lets find out.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:22 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Ostentatious Christianity and Tim Tebow - well said. I'm a Detroit fan living in the Pacific NW and was watching the game at a local pub with a couple of Bronco fans. They walked out at the half, and both said that Tebow wasn't the answer and were very disgusted at Bronco Managment for even drafting him. Now they have a cross to bare to the tune of 9 mil.
Hope they like the taste of that, It's like eating one of those nasty waffers from communion, only there aint no redemption. 



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:17 am
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Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:08 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Tebow is terrible.  All the Lions player did is say what everyone was thinking.  It has nothing to do with his religion.  In case you haven't figured this one out, there are a TON of religious people in the NFL.  Tebow isn't special in this regard.  What makes him special is he writes bad books, moralizes and is a vocal opponent of abortion.  Tim Tebow brings two things to the NFL that should never be there 1) ostentatious Christianity and 2) Tim Tebow.


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