Tim Tebow Responds to Harsh Criticism from New York Jets Teammates

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

Tim Tebow's season with the New York Jets has gone from bad to worse.

It's one thing to barely see the field as a traditional quarterback, but it's another thing entirely when your teammates throw you under the bus.

Following a report by New York Daily News writer Manish Mehta, in which Tebow was harshly criticized by his fellow Jets players, the polarizing signal-caller responded.

According to a follow-up piece by Mehta, Tebow said that he felt "some frustration and I guess some sadness” regarding the remarks. He also went into further detail:

This is something I can’t control. I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic.  Those are things that will never change based on what anybody says.

I’ve had criticism somewhat my whole life playing football. You got to do your best at handling it. On one side, you try to make it motivate you. But at the same time, it always has somewhat of an effect on you. You’re human. It’s not always fun having people saying negative things about you, but you try to be stronger from it. It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to make me stronger.

It's no surprise that Tebow is handling this situation with class. He just isn't the type of person that would lash out at his teammates.

Tebow also said in the report that he won't try and find out who made the comments because that's not who he is. Instead, he will try and turn this criticism into motivation, something that he doesn't have any trouble mustering up in the first place.

Considering someone to be more of a Wildcat quarterback or more of an athlete than a quarterback is one thing, but it's never a good idea to air out dirty laundry like this.

Have the Jets forgotten how bad they already are?

Like the NFL's biggest circus needs any more distractions, especially surrounding the one guy who always seems to have his head on straight.

Tebow will always be a divisive figure. He creates more media hubbub than the entire league at times, transcending the sport with every meager three-yard plunge. No matter what he does, his presence in the news is a foregone conclusion.

But this is the wrong way to put him there.

The Jets should know better—even though they consistently prove to us that they don't.

Seeing Rex Ryan defend his backup quarterback in a report with New York Daily News reporter Seth Walder is a good thing, but it's just damage control. Showing some loyalty is a good thing either way, though.

It's like the Jets can't help themselves. They can't get into the headlines because of actually winning football games, so instead, they find ways to draw attention.

Criticizing Tebow is petty.

It wouldn't be hard to give your support to Mark Sanchez without trashing the backup.

Because it's the Jets though, who can really be surprised?