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Tim Tebow gets more anonymous criticism (and sympathy)

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A big kerfuffle arose in New York last month when Tim Tebow was described as “terrible” by an anonymous Jets teammate. Now Tebow has been described similarly by an anonymous ex-teammate with the Broncos.

But the Denver player who spoke anonymously to Mike Freeman of CBS wasn’t describing Tebow as a lousy player because he dislikes Tebow. He was describing Tebow that way because he likes Tebow — and feels badly for him, that he’s been thrust into a situation he can’t handle.

“I feel really, really bad for Tim. He’s a good person, just not an NFL quarterback,” one Broncos player said.

Another Broncos player offered similar thoughts.

“I’ve been following Tim in New York and I feel horrible for him,” the player said. “Everyone here, I think, wants the best for him. He’s a good guy. But you can’t turn Tim into something he’s not, and he’s not really an NFL quarterback. He’s more of a gimmick player.”

The Tebow gimmick hasn’t worked with the Jets, but it’s the Jets, not Tebow, who deserve the criticism for that. In Denver, Tebow engendered enough good will that there’s genuine sympathy for what he’s going through with the Jets. Even if no one in Denver would want him back.

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62 Responses to “Tim Tebow gets more anonymous criticism (and sympathy)”
  1. mrplow3 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:51 AM

    “The Tebow gimmick hasn’t worked with the Jets”

    Correction, it hasn’t even be tried with the Jets.

  2. kja22 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:53 AM

    The Tebow “gimmick” worked out pretty well for the Broncos last year when he brought them to the playoffs. There’s no reason not to give him a chance in New York.

  3. tindeaux says: Dec 3, 2012 11:54 AM

    it’s hard to imagine that someone likes me and would go on a radio to say negative things about me. although the comments might have been sincere, but that “anonymous” guy likes Tebow and said that? I don’t know about that.

  4. mazblast says: Dec 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    Seriously, has there been even one game in which the Jets used Tebow for more than a few plays on offense, and those few half-heartedly?

  5. judsonjr says: Dec 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    No one cares about it. It’s inactive backup QB on a 5 win team.

    Maybe we could start having 4 articles a week on Joe Webb and the Vikings.

  6. robertchipburnerturner says: Dec 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    Just one of the best QBs ever if given a chance and whats wrong with him getting that chance. I watch him set many NCAA passing records and all of a sudden he can not get a chance. I wish he had stayed in Jacksonville they need him and the fans would have something to cheer about.

  7. jaypell says: Dec 3, 2012 11:56 AM

    Poor guy needs to take his millions and cry in a supermodels breast

  8. godofwine330 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    It is true that as bad as they feel for him in Denver, no one would want him back. I am so glad my Browns didn’t take on that guy. It was a train wreck waiting to happen.

  9. tiger7575 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:00 PM

    TEBOW is an example of a poor draft decision destroying a players opportunity to develop. Ego boy Josh got sucked in by his old buddy Belacheater. Josh only moved up to draft TEBOW about 100 picks too high. Hence the big expectations and it gave validity to the TEBOW crazies that drive the coaches nuts.

  10. damagecontroller says: Dec 3, 2012 12:02 PM

    Funny that these players with such strong opions of Tebow don’t have the balls to share them without being “Anonymous”…

    Signed –

    Dan Connelly (Not Anonymous)
    Longview, TX

  11. sjhesketh says: Dec 3, 2012 12:03 PM

    Man, even if that Bronco likes Tebow, that’s still a harsh assessment. “Gimmick player.” Tebow got you a playoff win last year, fella, that just seems way harsh to say about a guy you like.

    Even if it’s true.

  12. jamomma says: Dec 3, 2012 12:06 PM

    No worries, the great experiment will end this season.

    Tebow will move on and have success elsewhere as an H-back or slot receiver.

    Rex will be at home watching Tebow play!

  13. borisbulldog says: Dec 3, 2012 12:06 PM

    Is the #5 overall pick of 4 years ago-Sanchez, an NFL QB?

  14. danthman42 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:07 PM

    It still amazes me how easily players, fans, and media members dismiss Tim Tebow.

    Does it always look pretty? No. But the fact remains that he took a 1-4 team last year, a team that everyone (myself included) was sure would finish among the worst teams in the league, and led them to the playoffs.

    He still gets no credit for this (while someone like Mark Sanchez still gets a ton of credit for leading a GOOD team to the playoffs twice). He gets no creidt not only from all the media members who promised early last year that he would fail miserably, but now even from his own former teammates.

    Would it have happened with the Jets? Who knows. But can someone please enlighten me on why everyone is still so quick to dismiss a guy who has spent his whole life proving people wrong?

  15. pongonfl says: Dec 3, 2012 12:09 PM

    I hope he ends up with the Patriots, that offensive coordinator is who drafted him, and they have depth at qb already, so they could really use him flexibly without ever having to worry about starting him at QB.
    He was fun to watch at denver when he was hot.
    But he should stop thinking about being a starting qb, The hot rookies last year and this year have shown what you can accomplish in the NFL with a mobile qb, but he has to be accurate, and Tebow will never be accurate enough to warrant a roster spot for that purpose.

  16. whatnojets says: Dec 3, 2012 12:10 PM

    The entire front office should be fired at end of game 16.

  17. kwgator says: Dec 3, 2012 12:10 PM

    Shame on the NYJ for not pulling the plug on Sanchez in Week 8

  18. monkeesfan says: Dec 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    Yes it has. They saw him in all the practices and saw for themselves Tebow can’t read defenses, can’t throw the ball well, and has no decision-making ability. Tebow is strictly a one-trick pony.

  19. taylorgang24 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:15 PM

    I have a question that has nothing to do with tebow… Why do people think joe Flacco is good? And why did anyone ever think mark Sanchez was good?

  20. ketch20too says: Dec 3, 2012 12:15 PM

    Make him an H back, a slot receiver, TE, anything to get him on the field…say what you want, but the guy wins. Isn’t that what the game is about? Would rather win ugly with Tebow than play at all with Sanchez

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 3, 2012 12:17 PM

    Coach Fox makes Rex Ryan look like a dunce when it comes to using what you have (or in this case, traded for, ie. Tebow)

  22. loyalpanthersfan says: Dec 3, 2012 12:17 PM

    Another “anonymous” player talking about an NFL player. Be a man n stand by your statement or assessment of another player.

  23. djbleedthestar says: Dec 3, 2012 12:18 PM

    Wow Broncos players that “gimmick” got yall into the playoffs so I wouldn’t be talking. He wasn’t good enough to beat the patriots but not too many quarterbacks are

  24. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 3, 2012 12:20 PM

    Pay Sanchez $8.5MM to go away or Play him and lose $15MM in lost ticket sales. All eyes are on you WOODY.

  25. taylorgang24 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:21 PM

    Yea the Tim tebow experiment includes mark Sanchez taking 95% of snaps. Pretty hard to make up for 60 inept sanchez led plays with 2 snaps per game. God you stink Tim.

  26. jh012 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    Fun Fact: The Rams punter has more passing yards than Tebow does this year.

  27. bigbeefyd says: Dec 3, 2012 12:35 PM

    I sat in Mile High Stadium for every home game last year. Tebow, while admittedly a great guy, did NOT get the Broncos to the playoffs. Matt Prater, an amazingly tough defense, Britton Colquitt, Willis McGahee, special teams and stupid mistakes by the other team (Marion Barber staying inbounds, for example) got us to the playoffs. Tebow is not an NFL QB. If he were to switch to tight end he would probably be a hall of famer. But he will never be a successful NFL QB, he simply doesn’t have the skill set.

  28. rdrs68 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:54 PM

    When the bill boards went up in Denver demanding Kyle Orton be replaced,Timmy sat silently and said nothing-he was fined by his own team mates for not speaking up and showing support for the team and yet he is a good guy? Don’t be fooled by his aw shucks I’m just a good guy for Jesus persona-he is out for number one.

  29. coughlinsredcheeks says: Dec 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    He can’t be worse than Mark Sanchez

  30. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 3, 2012 12:56 PM

    Why is it that every football fan in America can see that Tim Tebow would be an awesome tight end/fullback option (like James Casey in Houston) but football coaches don’t see it or don’t want to acknowledge it? Maybe it’s Tebow himself. He has to realize he’s got the physical tools to play professional football…just not as a passer. Dude’s still young. He could play for another ten years at TE/FB.

    If the Texans didn’t already have thirty-seven tight ends, I’d say bring him in for a look.

  31. ibreathefootball says: Dec 3, 2012 12:58 PM

    What’s up with all of these GROWN men sounding off negatively on another GROWN man in anonymity? Tebow could care less about whoever is saying these things. He’s proven he’s good enough to help the team win, when he’s on the field. Everybody said Kyle Orton looked better in practice than Tebow, but Orton went 1-4 vs. Tebow’s 8-5 last year. Ask the Steelers how good they contained that Gimmick H-Back in the playoffs!

  32. timb12 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:58 PM

    The Broncos need to thank Tebow. You think Manning would have gone to Denver to replace Kyle Orton and the lowly Broncos? No.

  33. cuda1234 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:07 PM

    Once, again, Orton started 1-4 and got fired, Tebow finished 1-4 and got fired. What’s the difference?

    And if Timmy was “leading” the Broncos last year why did he lead them on a three-game losing streak to end the season.?

    And didn’t the Broncos play TWO games in the playoffs? What happened in the second one?

  34. classicrocktennisfan1977 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:14 PM

    It’s true you can’t make him to what he is not. We’ve seen this act before. A long time ago to be exact. It was the early 1970s in Chicago. A Big bruising left-handed quarterback who can run and bowl people over. When it came to throwing can only hit a little above 45% of the targeted receivers. Unlike back then to today. This modern day version of Bobby Douglass has a rabid fan club. A HOF QB and many a coaching staff can’t all be that blind to see what they have.

  35. stull60060 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:16 PM

    I know Peyton Manning is a far better QB than Tim Tebow. Wouldn’t it be funny though if Manning and the Broncos get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. At least Tim got them to the AFC Championship game. I know the haters will say it was the Denver defense. Well isn’t the defense also helping Manning? It’s a team game. I guess the defense didn’t help Orton when he was 1-4.

  36. lionfish57 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:29 PM

    He is a good person but not an NFL QB. I do think if he set aside his ego and pride, he could switch positions and be a great tight end or fullback.

  37. pacific123ocean says: Dec 3, 2012 1:33 PM

    I have a strong feeling that this will be Tim Tebow’s last year in the NFL. I just cannot imagine any team wants the circus that follows him.

  38. granadafan says: Dec 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    “robertchipburnerturner says: Dec 3, 2012 11:55 AM
    Just one of the best QBs ever if given a chance and whats wrong with him getting that chance. I watch him set many NCAA passing records and all of a sudden he can not get a chance. ”
    ========================================

    Gator fans are so delusional. College does not equal pros. In college he played in a gimmick offense and was surrounded by NFL talent. Guys were wide open and he had truck lanes to run through. Your faults can be hidden by superior defenses and lines or when you don’t have to make many reads. Why do you think so many Heisman trophy QBs failed in the pros, especially from the Florida schools and U$C?

  39. huffdaddyco says: Dec 3, 2012 1:56 PM

    stull60060 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:16 PM

    I know Peyton Manning is a far better QB than Tim Tebow. Wouldn’t it be funny though if Manning and the Broncos get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. At least Tim got them to the AFC Championship game. I know the haters will say it was the Denver defense. Well isn’t the defense also helping Manning? It’s a team game. I guess the defense didn’t help Orton when he was 1-4.

    _____________________________

    Erm, they didn’t play the Pats in the AFC Championship game, it was a Divisional Round game.

  40. cuda1234 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:59 PM

    The Broncos did not have a winning record last year and they were not in the AFC Championship game. They were 8-8 in the regular season and 9-9 overall. They won a wildcard game then got blown out in the second round of the playoffs.

    In Tebowmaniac world, that makes them winners (in spite of the fact that they weren’t). LOL

  41. azarkhan says: Dec 3, 2012 1:59 PM

    rdrs68: When the bill boards went up in Denver demanding Kyle Orton be replaced,Timmy sat silently and said nothing

    I didn’t hear Colin Kaepernick say that Alex Smith shouldn’t lose his job because of a concussion. I guess you think he’s a jerk also.

  42. jtylert says: Dec 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    I can’t imagine someone with the physical talents of tebow won’t get a shot somewhere. The Seahawks (and formerly the 49’ers) use Michael Robinson as their fullback and he played RB/QB at Penn State. His most impressive attributes are his toughness and how hard he constantly works. I don’t see any reason Tebow couldn’t fit into that same mold.

  43. sactogary says: Dec 3, 2012 2:09 PM

    jh012 says:Dec 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    Fun Fact: The Rams punter has more passing yards than Tebow does this year.
    ——————————–
    Equally relevant fun fact: Tim Tebow’s completion percentage this year is higher than Peyton Manning’s, Tom Brady’s, and Aaron Rodger’s.

  44. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Dec 3, 2012 2:10 PM

    All he does is win.

  45. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 3, 2012 2:20 PM

    It sucks that such a nice, respectful, hard-working and classy athlete evidently has a relentless army of reporters baiting players with questions designed for the purpose of garnerning headlines at said player’s expense.

  46. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 3, 2012 2:33 PM

    Tebow went 9-8 as a starter in Denver and the fans were ready to anoint him. Many of the crazies out here can’t separate the man from the football player. I respect Tim, he’s a good rolemodel, works hard, etc. but he’s just not a great quarterback. It was a coincidence that he got to start the same time Denver’s defence found another gear. Tebow had some great late-game heroics last year, but none of it would have been possible if the defense hadn’t kept it close through the first 3.5 lousy quarters.

  47. zaggs says: Dec 3, 2012 2:35 PM

    So if Tim Tebow isn’t a NFL quarterback, what dose that make Kyle Orton?

  48. cuda1234 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:36 PM

    And now, here’s the “hard-worker” part of the Tebow urban legend. When will this end?

    A couple of years ago, Tebow used the lockout to promote his book rather than practice with his teammates and work on his game. How does skipping practices led by the starting qb during a lockout make you hard-working or team-first?

  49. cuda1234 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:37 PM

    and, of course it was a book by Tim Tebow about the 22 amazing years that Tim Tebow has been on the planet making it a better place for the rest of us.

    Very humble, indeed.

  50. zaggs says: Dec 3, 2012 2:39 PM

    “cuda1234 says:
    Dec 3, 2012 1:59 PM
    The Broncos did not have a winning record last year and they were not in the AFC Championship game. They were 8-8 in the regular season and 9-9 overall. They won a wildcard game then got blown out in the second round of the playoffs.

    In Tebowmaniac world, that makes them winners (in spite of the fact that they weren’t). LOL”

    Kyle Orton started at QB for the first 5 games in Denver last year. That means Tebow’s record last year was 7-4. Last I checked that is a winning record.

  51. thatyankeedude says: Dec 3, 2012 2:42 PM

    Okay this needs to stop. Tebow is despised for winning? Tebow hasn’t played this year hardly at all and on his track record is winning. So why are people hating Tim Tebow? Is it more than just Tim the player, is it what Tim believes? Cause Tim the player wins games and im sure everybody wants to play with a winner. Tebow is the definition of America right now. We used to play to win no matter what, now we despise winning all of a sudden? C’mon Tebow is hated for his beliefs but his beliefs made him a winner.

  52. skinsfanwill says: Dec 3, 2012 2:46 PM

    I’ve got a few questions to ask:
    1. Why was Sanchez given and extension in the first place?
    2. Why did the Jets sign Tebow if they have no plans on using him.
    3. Why do people actually think Flacco is worth a donkey’s azz?
    4. Can Tom Brady throw the ball down the field any more? He has a legit deep threat and won’t throw the ball more than 15 yards. Something I noticed while watching.
    5. Is there a coach dumber than Whisenhunt for not switching qb’s during that sorry excuse for an NFL game against the jets?
    6. Should the NFL fine teams for not putting the best product on the field like the NBA is doing?

  53. skinsfanwill says: Dec 3, 2012 2:46 PM

    *an* extension

  54. eightysixisback says: Dec 3, 2012 3:01 PM

    @ibreathefootball says:
    Ask the Steelers how good they contained that Gimmick H-Back in the playoffs!

    That was one game. Charlie Batch beat the Ravens yesterday and as much as i like him i wouldnt want him to be the starter for the steelers all year and i definitely wouldn’t want him to be the QB for the next few years.

  55. kenstabler says: Dec 3, 2012 3:14 PM

    I feel bad for Tebow, he is now in the land of misfit toys.

  56. db423 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:26 PM

    Yea, the Jets management are geniuses. That’s why they stuck it out to the end of the season with their starter. The Broncos all did it without Tebow. As a matter of fact, they were well on their way before that with Kyle Orton (lol). Their first round OT win against the Pittsburgh Steelers was also an aberation. The Broncos were 1-4 and MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS. Tebow had nothing to do with it. It was all the other players.

  57. rolloxd says: Dec 3, 2012 3:45 PM

    Like how his Ex-Teammates who were on the same team as him in the PLAYOFFS have the nerve to badmouth him.

    Gimmick or not, Tebow has proved he deserves a chance to start because he has a playoff win. Plain and simple. Look at the product, not what goes into it.

    – A Broncos Fan

  58. chb74 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:50 PM

    I’m not a Tebow defender by any stretch, but the article conveniently leaves out that this player was trying to stress how vast an improvement Peyton is by comparison. And, to be fair, Peyton would represent an upgrade for nearly every team other than Green Bay, New England, etc., not just Denver. I’m sure even Tebow’s own mother would readily concede that Peyton is a far superior QB to Tebow, so really, the anonymous player wasn’t really slamming Tebow as much as he was clumsily trying to make a point that this team feels much stronger now that #18’s is under center. Like most Tebow-centric articles, this wasn’t telling us anything that hasn’t already been established many, many times before.

  59. wferg1121 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:22 PM

    Tebow is a great guy and is an example of what a role model should be in todays age. I would take him on the Giants tomorrow. I know some of the Giants players think highly of him, and I think he would be welcome in their locker room. Obviously he is no threat to Eli Manning, and he can hold a clip board just as good as David Carr, and to be honest I like my chances better with Tebow than with a David Carr.. The Giants defense would know they have to show up every game. I think that would be an advantage.

  60. classicrocktennisfan1977 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:26 PM

    @skinsfanwill I will try to answer some of your questions

    1.)Sanchez and Ryan is/was tied to the hip. Ryan will ultimately go down with the sinking ship.

    2.) Jets traded for him. Woody wanted to steal the headlines from the Giants SB victory. They did the same when Favre became available.

    3.) I’m not sure on Flacco.

    4.) I noticed the same. Brady is smart and accurate with short/mid range passes. Helps to have a good TE combo. Welker’s skills haven’t deteriorated.

    5.) Can’t help Whisenhunt. If Neil Lomax or Jim Hart was on the sidelines, he will still go with Lindley.

    6.) NBA is WWE. No commissioner have the right to force a coach’s hand in setting/what to do with his line-up as he sees fit. They pole vaulted from a sport that entertains to just plain sports entertainment.

  61. jonsilver1947 says: Dec 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    To all you guys calling for Tebow at running back/fullback/H-back/tight end:

    If he could catch passes, he’d have played a lot of tight end for the Jets when Keller was hurt the first 5 weeks…

    If he was a good fullback, he would be playing a third of the time (minimum), even if Hilliard remained the starter…

    If he was a good running back, he’d have played when Greene/Powell/McKnight were hurt at various times this year…

    It is obvious that he is showing nothing in those roles in practice, or he’d be playing those roles in games. For those of you who say that he’s a terrible practicer but comes up big in real games, you have no evidence for that regarding these roles…there is no reason for the Jets to take his potential performance in these roles on faith.

  62. broncofandk says: Dec 4, 2012 4:25 AM

    Damarious Thomas really should not make these comments. It is not a great revelation that Tebow has issues at QB, but it should also be noted that he actually have some major strengths.

    Of the current active SB winning QB’s Tebow actually have a better record for the 14 regular season games he has started than Aaron Rogers, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and as a Broncofan that remembers how John Elway really played outside of his last three years, he also outperformed him hands down.

    As a young QB he makes very few mental mistakes and he was not given much to work with in Denver.

    In 2010 85% of the passing yards he threw were to Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Buckhalter – and guess who had all been traded away by the time Tebow started.

    Damarios Thomas is right that Manning is a better QB, but Tebow is a special player that would have thrived had Josh McDaniels not been fired in Denver – he had a vision of how to use TT and it was evident last year that when the plays were called from the sideline it didn’t work well but TT deserves a shot – he has done to much in games to not be tested. Jets would have been better off if they had started him this year.

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