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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: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Okay everyone. Let's not be "mean". Last time I heard that was 4th grade. Don't be "mean" to the stupid kids. It really comes down to this; You have a large group of fools who think Tebow is a future NFL superstar and "all he needs is a chance", and then you have the group who understands football and skill sets who know Tebow is never going to be anything but a gimmick player. It's really obvious if you just pay attention. Can you name 1 person who has credibility in the NFL who has said Tebow has what it takes? The answer is no. He was drafted in the late first round by a very young HC who was fired soon after. No one, and I mean no one, with any credibility has ever said Tebow is a future NFL star. Even Elway and Fox don't. But the fan backlash has forced them to show it on the field. Now all you lost fools keep on listening to the "expert" reporters who have never even played a game in the NFL and you'll be lost like they are. For now it's just sad that so many of you click on any Tebow article and that makes the numbers jump so more stories are written. This is not a football story. This is a story about how many fools there are who think they know football and don't. That's you. JUST GIVE HIM A CHANCE! WE LOVE TEBOW!! HE'S SUCH A NICE GUY!! lmao. You are all a bunch of fools and Tebow is getting exactly what he deserves. This is a league of men not college boys. You think it's wrong to laugh at a overhyped player then you clearly are lost. The player in Detroit was 100% correct and the intelligent fans know it. Maybe he'll put up some fantasy numbers next week and you all can feel good about that. In 2012 this story is dead.





Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Good grief,.......give the guy a chance,he has only started a few games and people are already judging him,he played no worse yesterday than Flacco did last Monday and i don't hear everyone hacking on Joe.He may turn out to be the worst thing for Denver but let us at least give him a chance to prove himself,afterall he is 1-1 as a starter and he doesn't have much help as the Broncos as a team are plain awful.



Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

You poor Bronco Fans ....  You honestly believed St. Timmy was going to take you to the promise land !!  NOT !  Hey,  somewhere down the road he may be a half way decent quarterback but I don't see the light at the end of that tunnel....yet.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Never the less...the numbers don't and can't lie.  I'm not predicting success or failure, just being devils advocate!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

One thing people are forgetting... He`s playing because Orton can`t move the offense either. There are so many problems with that team, it`s unfair to put the blame soley on Tebow. I still say Fox was not qualified to be a head coach, after that terrible 1-15 season last year. Just like when Green Bay signed Ray Rhodes after back to back 3-13 years in Philadelphia. That lasted 1 year. Or Bill Callahan, after a 4-12 year in Oakland, Nebraska took him. And in a few years brought down the once powerful Cornhuskers. It seems like when a team is that bad, the coach had lost something, and needs to go back to being an assistant, and find out what he needs to change, to resume a head coaching position



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

dude keep drinking the kool aid. those guys did not have the mechanics issues he has. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Actally, Tim Tebows stats compare favoraby or better than most of the "greats" at the same point in their careers.  Check these stats at:



Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Do you know which NFL QB threw a league high 28 interceptions as the team struggled to a 3–13 record, with a defense that surrendered more than 27 points per game in his rookie season?  Hmmm, I wonder if Peyton Manning got ripped as hard after his 5th game as a starter?

Who was it that had a receiving percentage of 47% their first year with 14 interceptions to 7 TDs, the team ended the season with a 9-7 record. Again, well ... I guess John Elway did receive a lot of criticisms his first year.  I guess the Colts are the common denominator in all this.  Too bad Tim wasn't drafted by the Colts.





Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Denver fans should have been careful what they wished for.  That's all you heard while Orton was the starter.  Well you got your wish and now you know why Orton was the starter.  You wanted him thrown to the wolves and guess what happened?  He got ate up what did you think would happen.  Just because you are a good person and positive for the league doesn't earn you a starting position in the NFL.  Tebow is getting disrespected on site by NFL defenses.  Every defense playing against the Broncos is basically on a second or third bye week.  For real???  Are you serious???  Come on!!!!!!Cool




Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The mocking and abuse he's taking is a result of the storm the media has created more than anything Tim Tebow has done himself.  The media and Broncos fans have heaped such enourmous expectations and attention on the kid that it's at the forefront of everyone's minds.  Do you think that if the media hadn't manufactured "tebowing" that anyone would have done it on the field?  I serioulsy doubt it.  Don't criticize the Lions players for doing it and lable them classless.  Criticize the Denver fans for clamoring for playing Tebow when he clearly wasn't ready.  Criticize the media for seizing an opportunity to create a story related to his faith in an attempt to garner some ratings and attention.

The sad part is that Tim Tebow is now paying the price for it.  He's a tough kid and no doubt can handle it but he shouldn't have to. 


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