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Tim Tebow Responds to Criticism, Shonn Greene's Thoughts and Other AFC East News

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets fakes a hand off to Shonn Greene #23 against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer INovember 15, 2012

Tim Tebow may not be the best quarterback in the NFL, but he may also be one of the best on the face of the planet at dealing with criticism.

Shortly after a scathing New York Daily News report had several unnamed Jets teammates and guard Matt Slauson coming out in criticism of Tebow, the backup acknowledged "frustration" and "sadness," but boy, did he roll with the punches.

Via Newsday:

I just try to set the best example I can with my actions, my words, how I go about carrying myself. You can't control a lot of things. This is something I can't control, but I can control my attitude, my effort, my work ethic, and those are things that will never change [regardless of] what anyone says.

And finally, someone came out in support of Tebow. Shonn Greene gave an endorsement of Tebow to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports:

Something's got to change. When you get to the point where you're 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, 'Oh, what would happen [if Tebow played]?' But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it's kind of an up-and-down thing.

You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games. We're not here to protect people's feelings. If you want to win games, you've got to try something. If somebody's not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It's the same with coaching, or any position. You don't mean to belittle someone or say 'he sucks.' That's just the harsh reality.

Greene's opinion is far from unanimous, and he may not be the best source for a comment like this—his 3.7 yards per carry is the lowest average of his career—but accountability has become too rare in the Jets locker room, so it's nice to see at least some measure in that regard.

Of course, that would have been the case if he hadn't backtracked on Thursday morning.

Via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York:

I spoke to Shonn Greene last night. He addressed Yahoo! story in which he's portrayed as advocating QB change. He explained (cont)... #Jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 15, 2012

Greene, cont:"I said, 'We're 3-6 + something has to change.' At no time did I say we have to change QBs or Tebow is terrible or any of that"

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 15, 2012

Well, that was fast backpedaling. Maybe Greene could be a defensive back? Oh, wait, that's Joe McKnight who plays both positions.

Here's more news and analysis from around the AFC East.

 

Buffalo Bills

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio reviews the play of the offensive and defensive lines from Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Josh Cembellin lists 10 keys to a Bills victory over the Dolphins.

 

Miami Dolphins

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins struggling offense needs to wake up.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins could still make a push for the postseason, especially with a win over the Bills.

 

New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault takes a look at the 10 best games in the history of the Patriots-Colts rivalry.

According to Christopher Price of WEEI.com, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick notices a lot of similarities between the Colts offense and the old Steelers offense under interim head coach Bruce Arians.

 

New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York writes about the slight jab delivered by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher at Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Stephen Hunter of TheSportsGeek33 Jets blog explains one of the (many) problems with Sanchez.

 

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.

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