Cimini: Tebow Responds to Bruschi Criticism
Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:36 PM
Tebow responds to Bruschi criticism
June, 13, 2012
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi says Tim Tebow spends too much time talking to the media for a backup quarterback. Tebow responded Wednesday by not saying a whole lot.
"To be honest, I just do what I'm told and, on this day, I'm told to talk to you -- so I'm talking to you," Tebow told reporters at minicamp. "I don't get paid enough to make all those decisions. I just do what I'm told ... That's something you'd figure (Bruschi) would understand. I'm doing what I'm asked to do."
Tebow said he has a lot of respect for Bruschi as an NFL analyst and, yes, he was aware of the former Patriot's stinging commentary from last week. In case you missed it, Bruschi said:
"Stop talking to the media so much. You need to disappear, okay, Tim Tebow? You're not the starting quarterback, it's Mark Sanchez's team. I want my voice to come from my head coach and my quarterback -- my starting quarterback. That message has to be consistent.
"I don't want all this competition brewing, and every time you speak and anytime you talk about competition or anything like that, you're twisting things. I want one voice. One quarterback, not two."
For the record, Tebow and Sanchez have talked to the media every other week during the offseason, both speaking on the same day.
Rex Ryan defended the team's media policy regarding Tebow.
"Tim is a very popular player, obviously, a popular person," he said. "I think that's a good thing. Everyone wants to focus on the negative. I think it's a real positive. I think he's a good football player and a heck of a person. I don't know where that's a problem for any team, especially for us."
Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:41 PM
Posted by Josh Alper on June 13, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT
Tim Tebow won’t be disappearing unless the Jets tell him to disappear.
Tebow was asked about Tedy Bruschi’s recent request that he “disappear” after Jets practice on Wednesday afternoon. His response was exactly the one you should have expected when the criticism was leveled at the wrong place. Tebow isn’t off calling into sports radio stations to get in touch with the media. His interactions come via the Jets and Tebow says that’s who decides how much he’s talking to the media.
“To be honest, I just do what I’m told — and this day to talk to you (reporters), so I’m gonna talk to you,” Tebow said, via Nate Davis of USA Today. “And to be honest, I just go about it however the Jets set it up — the rules that they want us to (follow), who they want us to talk to, who they don’t want us to talk to. And so I don’t get paid enough to make all those decisions. I just do what I’m told and try to do it as best as I can.”
Criticize the Jets all you want for pushing Tebow, but Tebow himself isn’t to blame any more than Bruschi was to blame for limited media availability when he played for the Patriots. Teams do things different ways and, as Tebow said, the players don’t get paid to make all those decisions.
They get paid to play, which leads us to the obligatory reference to Tebow’s role during Jets practice. He played two plays with the first-team offense, although he said that people said he shouldn’t read anything into that regarding a battle for the starting job. Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Tebow completed 1-of-2 passes on his two plays.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:43 PM
Man, I feel like the media is the ultimate Jets troll.
Edited by kay_gee, 13 June 2012 - 05:45 PM.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:04 PM
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