Joe Flacco isn’t the only NFL player upset about the coverage of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that it is “kind of disturbing” to see the amount of time the media spends talking about Tebow. He thinks that more time should be spent on the season that Aaron Rodgers is having and he also thinks that the time is coming when Tebow will no longer be everybody’s favorite player.
“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.”
Finley isn’t saying anything new here, although we’re all still waiting for the day when Tebow is exposed as something other than the winning quarterback that he’s been to this point in his career. That might happen, but there’s little chance that the Tebow storyline is going to fade out until it does.
And it isn’t just some media conspiracy driving that coverage. If people weren’t legitimately interested in Tebow (whether they want to see him succeed or fail), there wouldn’t be nearly as much coverage of him as there has been this season. People want to hear about Tebow right now and everyone is feeding the beast.
Should Rodgers and the Packers be a bigger story? Probably, but it isn’t a bad thing for Green Bay that their pursuit of a perfect record has been put on the back burner. Whatever distraction it might cause isn’t something they need to deal with as they try to wrap up home field advantage against the Chiefs this weekend. There’s plenty of time left for attention to turn back in their direction, though, and it certainly will pick up if they keep on winning.