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Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:29 pm
FinleyBy Josh Katzowitz

You might have noticed that for the past, oh, two months or so, we’ve gotten a little Tim Tebow crazy on the Eye on Football blog*. That’s because, well, the dude is 7-1 as a starter, because he’s so hated and so loved at the same time, because he’s a leader of men, a winner (via Clark Judge) and a terrible quarterback (via Pete Prisco).

*Not that we’re any different than the rest of the football-loving world.

Me, I love the storyline, because it grows more improbable each week. Sure, if a network is devoting hours a day to Tebow coverage, yeah, that’s a bit much. But it’s a fun ride, and in our view, we’re having a blast with the view Tebow is providing (and what happens, pray tell, if the Broncos actually beat the Patriots on Sunday?).

That said, others NFL players aren’t quite as pleased at how much coverage Tebow has received since taking over for Kyle Orton in Denver.

Take, for instance, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (by the way, a guy who doesn’t seem to mind a little attention). Finley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, should be receiving the attention that Tebow has gotten this year.

“I sit at home, start watching TV and all I’m seeing is Tebow,” Finley said. “That’s kind of disturbing. We have a guy here that’s breaking records every week and you have a guy in Tebow that’s saying ‘God’ every word and he gets coverage. Of course I love my faith and God but come on man.”

Also, this:

Flacco“He’s telling everybody what they want to hear,” Finley said. “You see him and he’s patting everybody on the back saying, ‘You’re going to make this catch. I promise because God said,’ And he makes it happen. Stuff like that. It confuses people. People that don’t know the game outside of the fans, of course they’re going to hype it up. But guys that see a good player and a good quarterback, they know what kind of guy he’ll be down the road when he gets exposed. Everybody who knows the game knows what kind of player Tebow is going to be.”

That could be, and like Finley implies, Rodgers is light years ahead of Tebow (and probably light years of where Tebow ever hopes to be) when it comes to playing quarterback. But let’s face it: the Packers have gotten plenty of coverage this year, and you can’t turn on a football game without seeing that Discount Double Check commercial starring Rodgers as a dancer and a robot.

Finley, though, isn’t alone in his critique of the media coverage surrounding Tebow. Like’s Ryan Wilson told you the other day, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is offended by all the Tebow love as well.

"I like Tim, but you have a tendency to want to, I don’t want to see Tim do bad, but look what happens after he wins a football game," he said. "If you watched SportsCenter [Monday] it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else. When we beat the Steelers, were we on TV? No. I couldn’t even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that’s kinda the way it is around Baltimore. We don’t always get our respect but you gotta deal with it and go out there every week and just win football games.”

Funny thing about Tebow: he just wins games and he always doesn’t get the respect. So, when you think about it, Flacco and Tebow are kind of in the same situation. Except nobody knows what the hell Flacco-ing is.

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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:39 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

i'm sorry, undefeated? saw this coming a mile away...packers choke. and tim tebow, he's a good leader and inspiration to the team, but he is not an nfl quarterback. if he'd spent less time in writing a book and more time in practicing maybe we wouldn't have to watch 58 minutes of ugly football each week. we should be talking about orton and his first real game since the trade....made the chiefs look good this week.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:39 pm

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Hey shut up and catch the ball.

Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:27 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Deal with it.  You are all being paid huge salaries and get plenty of spotlight every week.  While Tebow is getting
a lot of attention, at least it's for good and not the usual garbage of crime.  It's fun to see the Broncos pull off
crazy wins and improbable comebacks because so many people say Tebow is terrible.  While he doesn't have
the same skill set yet an maybe never will of today's best quarterbacks (Rodgers, Brees, Brady), I'd take his
attitude and fire over many of the quarterbacks on some of the other teams.  He is a leader, and he's doing this
without much NFL experience.  Have fun with it! 

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:48 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

What is not being said by these reporters and haters is that Tebow has improved a lot since he came in for Orton. The guy has trown 60% in the past two games. He is getting better. But the best thing he is doing is not turning the ball over. Why are people complaining about Tebow getting this much coverage when Michael Vick was getting the same coverage earlier in the year but he played like crap? I think this is not just about Tebow. It goes deeper than that. Just my opinion. But Vick sucks and gets all this exposer and no one cares but when a clean, christian person gets in the spot light he does not deserve it. That does not make since to me.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:58 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Hoyt you can write a book explaining every win they have and that is great, but this is the NFL and those are pro teams they have beaten. There are plenty of good teams that have lost to at least one dog team this year. Last year the Broncos finished 4-12 and I'm sure they lost to some bad teams. Yes the defense is playing better. Great! Still the QB is the most important player on the team and since he came in this year they are 7-1 and that is pretty good for a guy who was the third string guy. Anyone who claims this is not a big story and then writes a book about it is just furthering the story! I already said I don't think he is that good of a QB, but 7-1 is a huge turn around from 1-4 no matter who they beat. People complain it is not a story, but this thread is getting pretty long. The people who complain about his attention are only making it a bigger story. If your not satisfied with his record then turn the tv off, because even after they lose to the Patriots the story will continue until the Broncos are out of playoff contention.

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:53 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Al Valken.......


You'll need to elaborate just a little bit on that one!!!!

In your expert opinion, what exactly will Rodgers have to do to be in Mr. Bundchen's class?

What exactly can't Rodgers do that Gisele's husband can?


Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:15 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Tebow got handed a 1-4 team and is 7-1 because he's only thrown 2 picks in 8 games versus Orton's 7 picks in 5 games.  Give Tebow credit for getting the punter more playing time for 3 1/2 quarters instead of forcing Denver's D to defend short fields too often to come out on top in all these close games Denver's played this year.  Credit Coach Fox for being a coach playing to the skills of his player.  Denver is news because it's a great rags to riches story.   

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:07 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

What makes this game put anything to bed?  Tebow's "career" is determined by this game? 
If this somehow puts it to bed for you.... great.  One less person complaining about Tebow.

My comment was actually tongue in cheek and you conveniently picked out a part of the paragraph that favored your arguement...way to go!! You and I and everbody in the world know that Tebows career will not be determined by this game! But when NE throttles them today, I can only hope that monday we get to hear about the other football games that were played...there is other games being played you know!!??

Unfotuately, even in a loss, Tebow will still be the topic of discussion...and thats pretty sad for everybody involved, from the TV talk guys, to the radio guys and the guys writeing colums on this website! That their time has to be wasted talking about the worst starting QB in the nauseum!

No knock on Timmy, but I can't help but feel like (sometime in the very near future) we'll look back on the time waisted talking about this guy and laugh and at that point we will realize how ridiculis it wasthat a guy like Aaron Rodgers, in the midst of having on of the greatest seasons for a QB in the history of the NFL, had to be back page news to a scrub like Tebow...rather amazing!!

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:49 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

Flacco should be concentrating on getting the Ravens through the playoffs not getting jealous on the amount of coverage Tebow is getting.  The last time I checked Flacco has yet to win a Super Bowl.  Focus Joe......Focus.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:58 am

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

And Finley is right.  Rodgers play over the past 10 or 12 months has been lights out.  Some of the best QB play I've seen and all we hear about is Tebow.

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