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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:36 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Entirely different. One mocks someone's faith the other mocks someone's gimmick. Mocking someone's faith, race, or creed isn't acceptable.

Listen man.  Tebow has every right to believe whatever he wants to believe and whatever he's been raised to believe.  BUT... when he decided to make his views public then he took a risk, it's as simple as that.  Some of you guys take "freedom of speech" a little too far for God sakes.  You think people can say anything at any time without consequences, but that's not the real world we live in.  Almost every interview I've seen Tebow in the guy mentions God....  NOBODY is interviewing him to hear about God.. nobody.

His old school built a Tebow statue, and the Denver Broncos drafted him 20 or 30 picks too early.  Is that his fault?  No.  But it raises public expectations, like it or not that's the way it is.  He's one of the most marketable athletes around right now, so he's being rewarded for his trouble and if he doesn't like it then quit....it's that simple. 



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Entirely different. One mocks someone's faith the other mocks someone's gimmick. Mocking someone's faith, race, or creed isn't acceptable.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:46 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

sOunds like Obama has started writing in this forum.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:33 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

You, one comment back:
NOW I WILL JUST IGNORE YOU.
Thanks for the lesson in integrity, jackass.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:01 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

If somebody did "the belt" after getting to Aaron Rodgers would anybody even care?



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:34 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I think I am going to get hell for this..but here goes nothing.

Tebow being the Christian that he is....Got fed to the Lions. Irony?


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:21 am
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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:18 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I HAVE COME TO SEE ON CBS 2 THINGS.
1- THOSE WHO CURSE AND CALL NAMES HAVE NO FACTS TO RELATE TO.
2-THOSE WHO CURSE IN REAL LIFE WOULD DO NOTHING.
I'm not surprised you have only thought of two options. You've demostrated your limitations quite clearly.

Also, since you're oblivious to it, I'll point out the hypocrisy in pretending to stay above name-calling while engaging in it.

I hope it makes you feel better to pretend that I'm "angry". I'm sure it's consoling after I've just schooled your sorry ass. Oops, more cursing. I must be furious over running circles around you.

I present a reasonable, logical comment, and you start shrieking about "winning". I point out that your reply demonstrates that you either didn't read or didn't understand my comment, and you throw a hissy fit about Warren Moon.

You really have no sense of irony, do you? You don't have the brains to handle my original comment, so you throw out nothing but argumentum ad hominem - ad nauseum. Then you act like I'm the one who started with the ad hominem attacks. Sorry, little man; I was just more direct. You know, less cowardly.

Too bad it didn't turn out well for you. Next time, stay in the kiddie pool and don't try swimming with sharks. You're clearly not up to it.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:39 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

And clearly by your stupid rantings you were not talking about TEBOW,where do you say it is a
different paragraph.
THIS:

As for this pathetic whinefest of an article, boo hoo. I mean, this:
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.
...is just sad. Oh noes! People were mean to Tim Tebow! Obviously, he doesn't have the character to go on in the face of criticism! Lame. Like Tebow is going to hide in a corner and cry rather than play because opponents mocked him. No, he's going to get up, work his butt off, and do his thing, however inadequate and ill-prepared it is. The sad thing is, this article does a bigger disservice to Tebow than does the mocking.

But let's be real, here. The "mocking" wasn't even aimed at Tebow. It was aimed at his more obnoxious, thin-skinned, hysterical "fans". You know the ones: overdeveloped sense of entitlement, can't stand criticism and call every perceived slight "hate", smug, willfully ignorant, etc. They deserve to be mocked; they rented billboards, threw hissy fits over coaching decisions, slagged a perfectly good QB as if he was the problem, and shrieked for a year and a half straight about their icon, and now they get to see what happens when you ignore reality (Tebow needs more time to develop) and demand that the world be what you claim it is (Tebow shoved into the lineup before he's ready): He falls down. A lot. And the rest of the world points and says, "See, idiots?! We told you this would happen!"

I feel bad for Tebow. His biggest "fans" are really his worst enemies.
...is what I said about Tebow, you f***ing idiot. That is the post you replied to. The one you referred to.

And this:
First of all, welcome to winning, Lions fans. This is what happens: people try to tear you down. The Patriots win, and people keep saying they're cheaters and that Brady is a system guys, etc. The Steelers win, and people call Roethlisberger a rapist (he may be, but it has nothing to do with the Steelers winning). When you win, all the losers have is talk. So they talk. They're going to cherry-pick the stats, the schedule, and the games, trying to rain on the parade. They're going to talk about the irrelevant past, and they're going to keep moving the goalposts that mark "success". That's all they can do, because the Lions are 6-2, and that's a winning record.
...is what I said about the Lions.

Learn to read, moron. I mean, look at the stupid s**t you say:
And then you bought up that people are jealous of the Pats success and accusse them of cheating,
I clearly did not say that people are jealous and "accusse" them of cheating. I said they talk about the cheating as if it's relevant to the games being played now. I never implied the Patriots didn't cheat. That was your mistake, idiot.

And this:
Then the KING of stupid statements that the Steelers are not respected because BIG BEN is a rapist,the STEELERS
are respected
...is the true King of Stupid Statements. I said nothing of the sort, dips**t. It's not my fault you can't understand what you're reading. I said that people can't argue with winning, so they call Roethlisberger a rapist. There's a difference, not that I expect you to understand it.

Did you think that just because it wasn't on the front page anymore, I couldn't go back and quote what I really said? Did you think you could just make s**t up and claim I said it? Sorry, dumbass, but anyone can see what I really said. Good job, genius. You're not only an idiot, but now you're a f***ing liar, to boot.


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