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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: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:31 pm
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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:29 pm
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Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:25 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

So you say Fox isn't qualified to be a head coach??  He has coached in a Super Bowl with the Panthers against New England several years ago, so that argument is no good.  And yes, there are so many problems with this team that Tebow be solely blamed.  So why was Orton solely blamed before Tebow came in. 

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:23 pm

lets all chill a bit

I'm a fan of football and I like Tebow and the Lions.

I do not think any of the players have an issue with Tebow and playing hard.  It isn't like anyone thinks other players aren't...and if any player is angry it is prob cause they are not.  Two, some players just have that winning attitude and it is contagious.  No doubt, Tebow has it.  And if he continues to get better; he'll keep it.  The only reason the media is critical is cause they never believed in him.  They just don't want to be wrong.  They'd rather break him than see if he is truly any good.  It is media ego not Tebows.  But thus far, Tebow is stronger than most prob thought.  Kudos to him.  The whole idea of Broncos winning with Detroits awesome D is stupid; regardless of the attitude Tebow has.  He was left out to dry.  And he still got up.  That says alot for Tebow.

Two, although I do think Lions went overboard with Tebow"ing"; the rest was okay.  I think they gave Tebow props for his talent and winning attitude and simply said he needs time.  I do not think they meant disrespect for his religion; although it was uncalled for because it is his religion and not his "signature move".

Lions are a great hard nosed team who is facing adversity cause folks don't like an in your face D.  Well welcome to football again my friends.  Pittsburg, Ravens, Jag...they got this kind of D and many times it is great to watch.  This is just another example.

So Media needs to stop making mountain out of molehill and just realize the facts:

Tebow struggled cause he had no protection and hasn't yet found his rhythm with receivers.  He has no timing and struggles with accurate throws.  Defense preyed on this and Broncos had NOTHING to counter with.  Tebow keep taking the hits and honestly wasn't that far off from Stafford numbers; when it comes to throwing percentage.  He only had one interception and with how many times he was nailed, that isn't so bad.  Didn't see Palmer do much better in his outing?  Flacco stinks?  There are plenty of QBs that struggle...esp ones with no protection like:  Romo, Vick, or Cutler to name a few....   Why is Tebow different?  Broncos are NOT a playoff team even if Tebow is at his best.  So don't expect too many victories.

Detroit played a heck of a defensive game that you barely noticed the good offense as well.  They are the real deal.  SUH is awesome.  Just plain awesome.  They need to rebound and instead of just barely winning like Giants over Miami...they took care of business. 

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:21 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The genius has spoken. Here we have deep intellectual commentary from the man lover sawfish california style. Pretty sad.

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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:17 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

@sawfish, okay punk you got the talking part down, now lets hear something intelligent. What? You don't have anything? What a surprise. Just another idiot sports fan who can't come up with any argument that is reasonable. The NFL is a league of men. Maybe you need to google that term little guy. College age males are kids, NFL age players are men. Just another moron you are.When someone speaks the truth the only argument you get is rambling attacks. You sound like a liberal who lives with his bf. Bingo. 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:08 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

and Steelers_2007 is a FOOL by thinking if you post in bold it makes the comment any more deserving of a read.
"Last time I heard that was 4th grade.."  So I assume it is fresh in your memory.
I don't really care for Tebow one way or the other, but I'll say this.... the Lions players who mocked him are classless idiots.
Regardless of his religion. It IS that simple, and I truly hope the Lions (an early 'good-story') get their a$$es handed to them the rest of the season.
"A league of men"
That's classic, moron.

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:59 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Bronco fans deserved to watch that beating.  Remember it.  that is what happens when Elway listens to the masses.  Every defensive backfield has All Americans - even the Lions.  To think that "a winning attitude" is enough to overcome brute strength and speed shows me that Bronco fans are an ignorant bunch.  Elway and Denver deserve each other. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:58 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I agree give the kid a chance.  The worse thing that happened to Tebow in terms of his football future was when Josh McDaniels drafted him in the first round.  Tebow isn't first round talent and he has had to endure the pressures of living up to his draft status which probably never will happen but he can be a productive player for the Broncos.  Tebow probably needs to change his number to the 40's or 50's and play defense.  Tebow is an instictive player and considering his knowledge of the quarterback position and offense plus his athletic ability he has more potential and probably would be more productive for the Broncos playing on the other side of the football. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:58 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

What makes it even worse is that the Lions have been the laughing stock of the NFL for over a decade and never were treated they way they treated the Broncos and especially Tebow.  Yea Detroit is finally respectable as far as NFL talent goes.  But when it comes to sportsmanship and class the lions are still bottom feeders.

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