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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 19, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:14 pm

Tebow criticism 9 Million Dollar ego

He was an arrogant Prick at Florida and still one today. His head is way to big and ego bigger.
And i believe it ws the Denver fans that pressured the Org to change QB's now look what u get the 9 million dollar man

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:11 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I guess you're right, pretty harsh. Okay, how about a horrific mid-season meltdown, losing the rest of their games and not making the play-offs yet again? Yes, that is my new wish.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:01 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

y2jsin: What are you smoking....??? Charlie Ward never played a down in the NFL.....he went straight to the NBA. Learn to get your facts straight before you post, otherwise, I completely agree with you about Tebow. He's worthless!

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:55 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Wow, Baylor, to wish cancer on someone is pretty harsh, plus a plane crash. We get by your comments you don't like the Lions, but to wish those type of things on them man, pretty low of you.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:54 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

MrPhillie's the man!  Right on all points.  Wish I had said that!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:52 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Its too bad denver beat miami because it gave this entire state a sense of hope.........false hope.  He just is   not good enough yet. The coaches know it and  Elway knows it too, they are just giving him a well deserved shot at being the starter and hoping he can pull a few out. His accuracy is as good as mine and watching tebow gives you a greater respect for the position and how hard it can be. MAybe next year with the right Qb coach, tebow will develop but not this year.

Let orton finish this thing out and pray Sd stumbles tonight. This division isn't quite decided so with a bit of luck and a winning streak, denver still has a punchers chance.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:46 pm

Tebow should ignore these losers who mock

These childish, immature a-holes who are mocking Tebow need to grow up. Why have such hate for a man you do not know? He's just trying to make a career, same as them. Is it his fault he was drafted in a spot he shouldn't have been picked? Is it his fault a team offered him tons of money? Is it his fault these players will soon be sweeping floors or selling drugs for a living? My feeling is that these pathetic, probably uneducated, poor excuse for human beings are simply jealous of Tebow's paycheck and adoration. As a human being, I will take a million Tebows before even one Tulloch, Scheffler, and certainly that "un-named player" giving his dumb insight to Yahoo. Do I think Tebow should be a starting QB? No. But if a team wants to give him the opportunity, who are these inbreded, soon-to-be fast food restaurant workers to make fun of him on a national stage? 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.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:46 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

An erudite analysis!  But tell me, how do you really feel about the Lions? Wink

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:40 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

No he didn't give up 45, he gave up 14 though (on a pick 6, and fumble return for a td).  He also only scored 3,  So assuming the Broncos D pitches a shutout, Broncos still would've lost 14-3.

Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas are the Broncos wide receivers.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:35 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

I hope the whole lions team dies in a fiery plane crash. F.O. all your punks who have not had a winning season in forever. You win a couple games and you think you can mock people. The lions are so PATHETIC. I hope Shelffler and Tulloch get the most painful cancer ever. The Lions? What a bunch of clowns

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