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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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:53 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The strategist1 says:

"Tebow didnt bring this on himself, he did nothing to cause all this. Us the "fans" did this. we put far too much on his shoulders"

What do you mean "we"???? I NEVER, not once, thought he could make in the NFL.... Tebow did nothing to cause this, huh? Yeah, sure..... kinda like Jamarcus Russell never did anything to "cause all this" during his career.......oh wait, he's black so that must mean that any and all misfortune he had MUST be his fault and his alone...

Overrated, white athletes always get off so easy these days. They're coddled and cuddled when they screw up and always told "it's OK" until they burp.... Awwww how cute!!!!!

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:53 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

If tebow is going to try and bring all of this hype with him to the NFL by having shows about his road to the NFL (i dont know how many times I seen that on ESPN, it made me sick every time) and Denver for thinking he was going to be the greatest thing since Elway. He deserves what he is getting right now, if your gonna hype yourself up like that then you better be ready for criticism when you fail. I would say its about equal on both sides and I dont feel sorry for him at all, I do think there criticizing a little too much after 2 starts but again thats what you get when you hype yourself up.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:49 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Yes, I'd say the Lions are on the way up, but it's a awfully long trip from where they've been forever.  Don't get too proud about beating a pathetic Denver team with a green unprepared QB and gameplan.  I wouldn't feel too bad about the SF loss, but Atlanta?  The Buccaneers beat Atlanta!

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:48 pm

Not so fast

You know what is too much? The hype and praise given to Tebow before he does anything in the NFL. The jersey sales, the Tebwo time front page articles, the billboards in denver. THAT is too much. The fact that we have to hear about this mediocre football player ALL the time when he has accomplished NOTHING. 

The criticism is perfectly on par with the praise he gets for being a "gamer, winner, leader" (bs). I am personally enjoying watching him fail, that way he will fade off of sports news faster. 

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:36 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I am sick of this...Tebow this and Tebow that and Tebow sucks. This is all BS. Everyone needs to look in a different direction other than Tebow to understand the result of this latest game. It wasn't Tebow doing all the wrong things. It was the awakening Lions. The Lions  were winners in their first five games then got a rude awakening losing their 6th (SF)and 7th (ATL) games both by only six and seven points respectively. The thermometer was definately turned way up for this game for them and they got back to that hungary feeling that took them through the first five games. The Lions defensive line is arguably the best D-line in the NFL except when they let those heads swell to an seemingly enormous, invincable, undefeatable size through games 6 and 7. Games 6 and 7 woke the Lions from their dreamy slumber and got back to being focused. They are back and back with a nose for greater things and it was just fate that Tebow and the Bronco's were the next wall blocking their way. Tebow did not play bad, the Lions played extremely well and focused. This new Lions team is going places and now that they have awakened, all foe's need to take notice and get ready for a tough fight enroute towards the playoffs.

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:32 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Well said! Right on the nose man.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:30 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

donousley, I'd say winning the Heisman and a National Championship can induce a large ego.  One that's well deserved.  The jury's still out on his NFL career.  Getting drafted so high and making all those bucks isn't his fault.  I saw him play lots of times at UF and don't get your "arrogant prick" reference.  Actually the opposite is probably closer to the truth.  He was always ready to take the responsibility for any team shortcommings and was about as humble as it gets.  I take it you're a Georgia Fan!  Wink

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:27 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Typical punk coward Schwartz crap. Throw a wimpy fit when you think the 49ers show you up with a handshake, then allow this bush leage crap by your low lifes. SCHWARTZ SUCKS!

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:25 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Let's be fair;

From this point forward, list the name, profession, and failures/successes of EVERY SINGLE TEBOW hater.
Every single one.  Every 2nd string G.  Every punter.  Every waterboy.  Every waitress.  Every car salesman or business executive.  Every one...

If you have something negative to say about a college champion with a Heisman who is struggling as an NFL quarterback, then your anonymity is no longer protected.  It's only fair.  To all those with loud opinions hiding behind the protection of secrecy, I say, "What have you done?  What gives you the privilege?"

Show me how great you are and what gives you the right.

-Tony Scheffler?!  Seriously? Oooohhhh, you're an average TE surrounded by MUCH BETTER team mates.  You should definitely get the microphone first.  Next.
-"In the second half it got boring out there," one Detroit Lions defender.  Have some guts.  Give us your name.  Did you even get on the field?  Nothing but a mouth.  Impressive.  Gutless.   Next.
-"Stephen Tulloch, after a first-quarter sack, literally knelt over the fallen Tebow while striking the pose. He later said he meant no disrespect..."  Really?  Imitating anything religious isn't disrespectful?!  Ha ha, Mr. Seven Sacks in six years.  Know what's disrespectful?  Your limited abilities and your obnoxious behavior.  Idiot.  Next. 

"...atrocious, terrible, completely exposed and not even close to ready?!"  C'mon, guys.  Grow a spine and identify yourselves so we can analyze the source and decide for ourselves.  It appeared on Sunday that the Denver Broncos are bad.  The Detroit Lions are on their way up.  Does that give THE ENTIRE Lions organization a right to step in front of the microphone?  Sure it does, but let us see who is spouting off and who is headed for the bus and game-planning for the next game.  THAT'S the guy I respect.  Where are the humble winners?  There are none in this story.

I'm not a Denver fan, nor am I rooting for Tim to fail.  I'm just a regular guy looking for the news.  I want names and sources.  I don't need someone else thinking for me, and especially if that someone is a scrub third-string safety or Joe Baloney the cabbie from NYC.  Print it all or don't print it at all.  Can you do that, CBS? 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:14 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

 The Lions, if they had any class as an organization, would make these big mouth "tough guys" apologize to Tebow and admit they are pathetic human beings.

You're a perfect example of a hypocritical loser.  You slam people that hate on Tebow, using the logic that we don't know him so why would anybody have the right to do such a thing?  Yet at the end of your post you call the Lions organization classless and pathetic human beings.  So if I understood this correctly, let me recap.  People on these boards aren't allowed to be mean to Tebow or insult him because they don't know him.  If they do insult Tebow they are "inbreds" and restaurant workers.... because they don't know the person they are insulting.  But on the other hand you are allowed to insult an entire organization and call them pathetic losers because I'm guessing you personally know the Lions players and management team?  Or wait, you'll justify this by saying you have your reasons for saying this because of what one Lions player said?  One statement makes somebody a pathetic loser in your eyes, but nobody can insult Tebow?

Yeah,,, you're not a hyprocrite. 

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