Apparently this is what Tim Tebow gets for minding his own business. The New York Jets backup quarterback has done and said all the right things this season, but that hasn’t shielded him from heavy criticism. Several anonymous Jets players ripped Tebow a few weeks ago and it turned into the biggest media circus of the 2012 season. Now, it would appear that the Denver Broncos want in on the act.
According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, a few anonymous Broncos players felt the need to do the exact same thing the cowardly Jets did by bashing their former teammate.
“When Tim was here we saw the issues up close,” an unidentified Denver player reportedly said. “The Jets didn’t, and now they are seeing the problems, too. I feel really, really bad for Tim. He’s a good person, just not an NFL quarterback.”
Defenders of Tebow point to the fact that he led the Broncos on an improbable playoff run last season and a dramatic postseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Did Tebow make that improbable run possible, or was it improbable because Tebow was the quarterback?
“Of course we’re comparing this year to last year,” another anonymous player said. “This year we won the division with four games left. That’s all Peyton Manning. If Tebow was here, we’d still be squeaking out wins, or losing games we shouldn’t be losing. The division would be coming down to the last game.
“I’ve been following Tim in New York and I feel horrible for him. 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.”
There’s a lot of truth in what player A and player B said, but again the issue I have with it is the anonymity. Manning is proving that the Broncos are an elite team with consistent quarterback play, but Rex Ryan was right about anonymously bashing a current or former teammate. If you don’t feel comfortable attaching your name to it, you probably shouldn’t be saying it.
H/T Around the League
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