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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 3, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Something about Tebow is just rubbing some guys the totally wrong way. It's not him though, it's what he represents. I mean, give a guy a break



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I kind of feel bad for Tebow. He seems like a good guy, he works hard, his teammates like and respect him, and it is a shame that he has become a lightning rod in the culture wars in America. That being said, he is not an NFL QB and everybody said this during the draft. He can't read defenses good enough to do anything other than scramble, he literally cannot set his feet properly in the pocket, his arm is not very good. So why are the Broncos trying to change him? Use him like the Bills use Brad Smith. But him in the wildcat; put him out wide or in the backfield and have him returning kicks. He could be a pretty effective weapon if used a few times a game. Maybe the Broncos just need an OC that can work him into the system at something other than QB. He does bring some of the criticism on himself though. He wears his politics and religion on his sleeve - nothing wrong with that - but don't appear in anti-choice ads and hop all over the place praying on the sidelines if you don't want people to hate you and go after you.



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I kind of feel bad for Tebow. He seems like a good guy, he works hard, his teammates like and respect him, and it is a shame that he has become a lightning rod in the culture wars in America. That being said, he is not an NFL QB and everybody said this during the draft. He can't read defenses good enough to do anything other than scramble, he literally cannot set his feet properly in the pocket, his arm is not very good. So why are the Broncos trying to change him? Use him like the Bills use Brad Smith. But him in the wildcat; put him out wide or in the backfield and have him returning kicks. He could be a pretty effective weapon if used a few times a game. Maybe the Broncos just need an OC that can work him into the system at something other than QB.



Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Seriously? Did you even read anything I wrote? Not once did I say anything about people posting on this message board. Any comment I made was directed at the three Lions who made a point to mock and make fun of a player in front of millions of people. If you watch football, you know there are very few instances of players taking things to the level of these Lions players. Unless two players have open animosity toward one another and are fighting each other in the media and on the field, we rarely see such mean-spirited actions against another player. To my knowledge, it has not been reported even once that Tim Tebow is doing the same mean-spirited crap to any other player. I seriously doubt that Tulloch, Schreffler, or the un-named lockeroom Lion have taken the time to get to know Tebow. As a sports fan, I have not seen Tebow mock these Lions (or any other player or team). I did, however, see these Detroit players try to make a fool out of Tebow. And I did not call the entire Lions organization classless, pathetic human beings. Again, my comments were in response to the very public displays they made toward an NFL player trying to get better and make a career for himself. Huge difference. It's called the English language. Lean about it someday.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:23 pm
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Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

What I find interesting and I'm not really a Tebow or Denver fan is this kid has never whined,complained or made excuses. He simply trys to execute the game plan and plays called. He takes his physical beatings and says he will just try harder. I don't think he ever said i want to play QB or I won't play. I think he did say several times early on that I'll do whatever to help the team win. How refreshing. I hope the kid makes it some way in the NFL.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Actually, Saturday is the appointrd day of rest. Read your bible and you will see that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath for ever. Catholic church via the emperors and popes of Rome changed the Holy day to Sunday to coincide with the pagan worship of the sun ( Sol Invictus ).  Dallas and New England also lost.  I guess Brady and Romo's careers are over. DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

For the long suffering Detroit fans,  good for you.  It's about time, but success doesn't excuse classless behavior.
Seriously? So let me get this straight.  An NFL player telling the media a player on an opposing team sucks is "classless"?  Are you people fairly new to the sport of football?  The NFL is the most violent game in the world today, there really is nothing like it out there. The players in the NFL are overall good people but play with an edge, if they didn't they wouldn't be in the NFL.   They talk smack, before, during and after a football game, end of story.  Have you people ever heard of the little old saying, "bulletin board material"? Do you know what that is and why it exists?  It exists because players say things and talk smack all the time.  A couple weeks ago a Jets player threatened to go after Romo who was playing hurt, and specifically go after where he was injured.   I listened to an interview with Suh on the Lions who said on many occasions he has experienced players underneath the pile of trying to break each other's fingers when the refs and cameras can't see what's going on or prove what happened.

This sport we are talking about is not all about sportsmanship and fair play, it never was and never will be.  This is a league where players intentionally go after opponents they know are injured, expose them and try to put them out of the game.  Sure, nobody wants to see anybody crippled but James Harrison even admitted getting excited when he hits somebody so hard they pass out.... this is the NFL man... anybody looking for sportsmanship and "class" needs to stop watching football, this game is not for you.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I didn't realize tebow started at all last season.  So this was his fifth ever start in he NFL.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Seriously this crap needs to stop.  That was his second start ever wasn't it? or am i just imagining it.  This many people are talking bad about him after one game, when the previous game, he lead his team all the way back for a come from behind win.  I think he just needs to start running the ball more, that's his biggest strength.  I mean we all remember Michael Vick with the Falcons, he used to not know how to throw the ball either.


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