Tim Tebow wasn’t too happy to find out that some of his teammates think “he’s terrible.”
The Jets backup quarterback was criticized by an anonymous teammate earlier this week. Coach Rex Ryan scolded his team for making the comments but so far no one has confessed to criticizing the second string QB.
Tebow said that the comments made him sad and frustrated but said that he was trying to use the comments as motivation to get better.
“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.”
Rex Ryan is hoping that one of his players takes responsibility for making the comment, but Tebow said that he’s not interested in who’s talking behind his back.
“That’s not who I am … I’m more secure in who I am as a person, as a football player than that to look and wonder or wonder why. I got a bunch of great relationships in this locker room.”
Ryan defended his quarterback saying that he has the best work ethic of anyone on the team. According to Ryan, Tebow is on the field early and stays on the field late everyday.
“Every single day when he hits the field, he works about as hard as anybody I’ve seen. He stays longer than probably every player we have, working on those skills. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”
Several Jets fans (and every ESPN announcer) have been begging the Jets to start Tebow since his arrival in New York. Ryan said that Tebow won’t be the starting quarterback unless Sanchez gets hurt.
“Tim Tebow came here to be the backup quarterback. We never brought him in here, to be the starting quarterback. We already had a starting quarterback in Mark Sanchez. I thought I was clear on that from the day we brought Tim in here. But what we were also clear on is that he’s a football player and we’re going to use him in different roles.”
What do you think about Tim Tebow’s response to the criticism? Are you surprised that the New York Jets locker room contains just as much gossip and trash talk as a high school gym?