NFL Playoffs 2012: New England Trashing Tim Tebow Won't Affect Outcome

T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 13, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos is tackled by strong safety James Ihedigbo #44 of the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Finally, someone on New England trashed-talked about Saturday night's game, when defensive tackle Kyle Love said enough is enough of the coverage on the Denver quarterback Tim Tebow. However, his comments about Tebow will have no affect the outcome in Saturday night’s divisional round playoff game. 

From, Love said about Tebow: 

“I can’t speak for everybody, I can just speak for myself. I can say that it does (get old) for me," Love said. "It gets to the point where you get tired of hearing it. You just have to keep your TV off if you don’t."

After taking a second to digest what he had just said, Love added that the constant hype only serves as motivation.

"I love hearing it actually," Love said. "It just makes me want to play hard.” 

Love is right, the coverage of Tebow on ESPN has been overwhelming, and this isn’t something new. Tebow has been all over a number of ESPN’s programs since he took over as Denver’s starting quarterback in Week 7.  

However, after Tebow’s big performance against the defending AFC champion, Pittsburgh Steelers, the coverage of Tebow has exploded on the network.  

Patriots fans may worry that Love’s comments could have some negative outcome on Saturday’s game. You could draw comparisons to Wes Welker before last year’s divisional round game against the New York Jets.  

However, Welker tried to be subtle when he poked fun at Jets coach Rex Ryan and his wife. Love is just coming right out there and saying what is on his mind: He’s sick of Tebow.  

Love’s comments should not get him benched for a quarter, and his comments will not hurt Tom Brady’s chances of throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns again.  

Plus, Brady and the Patriots have gone against Tebow when the coverage on him was at a fever pitch. In their first game, the hype around Tebow was just as high as it is now, and the Pats destroyed the Denver defense and held Tebow to no touchdown passes, resulting in a 41-23 victory. 

The comments from Love speak true to what I’m sure a number of Patriots players are thinking. Hopefully for Love, the Pats win and the coverage ends so he can get back to watching his television.