Posted November 16, 2012

Tim Tebow responds to ‘terrible’ criticism from anonymous Jets defensive starter

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Tim Tebow said the criticism from within the Jets makes him want to be a better teammate. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

“Terrible Tebow” may be his new nickname, but in typical fashion, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow responded to a “terrible” tag reportedly placed on him by an anonymous defensive starter on the team by taking the high road.

According to a report from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Tebow said that the new “terrible” description is just all the more reason why he needs to work on becoming not only a better quarterback but a better teammate:

“I always find the good and the positive in every situation and the positive of this is to go and work a little harder and build better relationships with your teammates.”

Earlier this week, there were reports from The New York Daily News that one of his own teammates from the Jets called him “terrible.” The criticism, though unsubstantiated, prompted head coach Rex Ryan to take a hard-line against those who choose to insult someone from within their own organization,  saying it’s a cowardly move from whoever said it. Ryan reportedly asked his players at a meeting who made the comment, but no one confessed:

“Did I address it? I absolutely addressed it. Because I think it’s a cowardly thing. If you’re not going to put your name to it, I think that’s about as cowardly of a thing as there is.”

The Jets enter Week 11 with a 3-6 record. Tebow will have the opportunity to silence his critics and perhaps his own teammates as the team heads to St. Louis for a game on Sunday against the Rams.


13 comments
M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

He's such a good dude!!! For the love of everything holy, get him out of the weight room and into the film room, fix his mechanics, and read the D quicker. Do that and his talent will shine through in practice, which will justify the coaches benching Sanchez.

 

RSpreier
RSpreier

Tebow is a class act. He deserves a shot in NY. How can he be any worse than Sanchez? There's no one on the Jets defense that has any business commenting on Tebow. They all suck. The whole team sucks. They aren't going to the playoffs. Give Tebow a chance.

PaulWeeldreyer
PaulWeeldreyer

Idiots who don't like Tebow keep telling us that he can't play. Merrill Hoge hates Tebow so much that the other day he called Mark Sanchez "a good quarterback." Well Merrill, you must be watching a different Mark Sanchez than me. Morons like him tell us that the Jets don't even need to play Tebow to know whether or not he can play. They say that the Jets O-line is not as good as the Broncos O-line last year. Ignorance must be bliss. When the Broncos pulled Orton last year, they were 1-4. So the O-line was awesome that whole time and Tebow just got lucky to play with them? Umm, ok. Seriously, what do the J-E-T-S have to lose? Sanchez blows and Tebow might be able to win.

Leon2
Leon2

Character. Sadly, it's lacking in many people today.

 

remmhs
remmhs

Jets are 3-6 not 3-9

euphoni
euphoni

Great response Tebow! That's a true professional that brings class to the Jets. Jets, your season is over, see what you have in Tebow now.

trckyshp
trckyshp

Wow....I can't believe the Jets have a 3 and 9 record.  Maybe if they didn't have to play more games than everyone else they would have more of a chance....

 

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

 @PaulWeeldreyer Why do people who obviously havent seen tebow play keep making ridiculous comments like this? If u watched tebow play u would know he is not only a bad nfl quarterback, he is terrible. That "great" year with denver he had was actually the result of great defense and good luck. In the games that tebow won the defense allowed scores of 15, 24, 10, 13, 13, 32, 10, and 23. Any average/below average nfl QB could have led the team to victories in 5 of those games. Tebow completed 46.5% of his passes that season and had a QBR of 29.9. He also committed 19 turnovers in 14 games. A decent nfl QB should complete at least 60% of his passes. For comparison sake, in Sanchez's worst year he completed 52% of his passes. Matt Cassell, who is having an awful season, has completed 58.6% of his passes. Theres no denying how bad mark sanchez is, but to say tebow is even a mediocre QB is ridiculous. Please watch tebow play a few games before you start making unfounded claims. If you dont like watching games at least look at the stats. There has never been even a moderately successful nfl QB with a QBR of under 30 or a completion percentage of under 50%. Tebow is terrible and anyone who actually watched his games last year would know that. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @ChickenWolf This just in:  the NFL is about wins.   All of the stats that you cut and paste are secondary.

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

 @Andrew28 haha thats a great point andrew. it did seem like he was fumbling a ton! but is it less of a fumble if its recovered by the same team? Technically yes, but he still dropped the ball didnt he? Either way i was trying to make a point and in doing so i accidentally gave bad information about the number of turnovers committed. Good catch andrew! Although i do believe the sample size was large enough to form an opinion, i cant argue with your point about sanchez playing awful football. I thought Mike McCoy (john fox is a defensive guy) designed a system tebow could function in. In a proper nfl system i believe tim tebow would have done worse. Anyway GSP whoopped carlos condit's butt tonight and if thats not a reason to forget this tebow nonsense and celebrate, i dont know what is. GSP is a BEAST!

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @JoeCabot  @ChickenWolf

 This just in: the NFL is about production and performance. Just ask Trent Dilfer who led the Ravens to Superbowl glory and 2 months later was replaced by...ELVIS GRBAC!!!

Andrew28
Andrew28

One problem there ChickenWolf, you went to a page that showed his stats last year and looked at fumbles as a opposed to fumbles lost. He committed 12 turnovers in 14 games, not 19.  I think if you really watched as much Tebow as you claim, you would have known 19 sounded like a bit much.

That being said, I don't think we've seen enough of Tebow to base a real opinion on him. The offense John Fox ran with him last year was a joke. He didn't even get a chance to show himself. I'm thinking it's a little harder to complete passes when the only times you get to throw are 3rd and longs. So, do I think Tebow would be a great QB in a real system? No, but I think he would be better than Mark Sanchez.

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

 @JoeCabot NFL is about wins. Stats are indicators of who will win, how they will win, etc...i am a fan of watching games and basing my viewpoints on what i see. Unfortunately if i provided my subjective opinion about why tebow is flawed, people would complain. I provide stats because they give me the opportunity to convey my message without people complaining that i am bais or unable to back up my claims. All you have to do is watch tebow and you will come to the same conclusions i did. Was trent dilfer great because he led the 2000 Ravens to a 12-4 season and a superbowl. No. Mark Sanchez led the Jets to an 11-5 record in 2010. is he great. No. Wins are the result of much more than quarterback play. Please watch football games before you make uninformed comments.