Let's get one thing clear—I'm sick of hearing about, reading about and writing about Tim Tebow. Like many of you, I don't find the idea of Tebowmania particularly compelling and I wish we could all cover him like he was any other backup quarterback.
But that doesn't mean I don't feel bad for him after some of his teammates on the New York Jets inexcusably ripped him in an article written by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Here is a sampling of what his teammates said about him via that article:
One defensive starter simply said, “He’s terrible." Another player noted, "We don't look at him as a quarterback. He's the Wildcat guy."
One player noted of the style that Tebow plays, "We can’t win running that sh--,” while a member of the organization reacted to his success for the Denver Broncos as "Now we're depending on miracles? You can't play that way."
And left guard Matt Slauson let it all hang out in support of Mark Sanchez remaining the starter:
"It's not even close," Slauson said. "All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don't really have a choice."
When asked about the team's two other quarterbacks on the depth chart as possible alternatives—Tebow and Greg McElroy—Slauson clarified that the Jets really have only one other quarterback.
"We have Greg ... and we have an athlete," Slauson said.
Can you imagine walking back into the locker room after hearing your teammates say all of those things about you?
Can you imagine how betrayed Tebow must feel after being publicly slammed by a group of men largely too cowardly to put their names behind their quotes?
I'm not saying that what a lot of those players said is false.
It isn't. But you should never publicly rip a teammate like that. Never. There are plenty of folks on the Internet that will take care of that for you.
But teammates should stick together.
I don't blame Mehta for writing the piece. Given the struggles of Sanchez and the Jets of late, it made sense to at least inquire about whether players on the team were interested in a change at quarterback or not.
Once Mehta got such an inflammatory response, he had to print it. If nothing else, it shows that the dysfunctional nature of the Jets locker room we saw at the end of last season has reared its ugly head once more.
We may all get sick of Tebow coverage, but let's remember that he's done nothing wrong, all indications are that he's a hard worker and good teammate and he's never asked for all of the attention we heap on him.
It's one thing to critique aspects of his game and note areas he needs to work on if he's ever going to be a starting quarterback again in this league. It's quite another to rip him behind the veil of anonymity.
I'll say this—I would never want to play for the New York Jets. The players in that locker room that spoke out like this showed no class, hardly a departure from what we've seen from certain players on this team in the past.
I'm sure there are plenty of fine men on the Jets, but once again the bad apples have made everyone look foolish. Tebowmania may be dead, but there was no need for the Jets to take a leak on its grave.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets can handle as many Hall of Fame egos as you like.
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