Quarterback Tim Tebow is in the midst of a serious competition with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn to become the starter for the Denver Broncos. A lot of criticism has been put on Tebow ever since he was draft last year in the first round, but he does also have a lot of supporters and one of them is NBA star LeBron James who went as far as to show his backing for Tebow on Twitter.
“Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice.”
The Miami Heat star’s reponse come due to incredibly harsh comments made by ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge on Tebow’s frame of work. Hoge actually took his criticism upon two different mediums by first showcasing it on Twitter and then later on SportsCenter.
Hoge wrote on Twitter:
“Sitting watching tape off bronco offense from last year! Orton or Tebow? It’s embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!”
Later on Wednesday when Hoge, a former NFL running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, went further on what he thinks of Tebow’s talents:
“He is awful as far as accuracy goes and what’s kind of even more disturbing, he’s probably worse moving and running around with the football and throwing than he is from the pocket,” Hoge said. “Can you get better there? A little bit. If everything is perfect, the pocket, your feet are good, all your fundamentals come into place, the coverage is what you want it, you can be successful. But that doesn’t happen at the National Football League. Rarely does that happen.”
Tebow took to Twitter once hearing Hoge’s comments and kept it rather simple.
“Hey Merril…… ‘ppreciate that.”
It was James though who kept on it and made sure to note that Hoge’s comments had gone too far. It actually almost seems as if James was more upset about the whole situation then Tebow was.
“Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn’t even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in,” James wrote. “Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!”
James is truly talented in the NBA as the entire world knows, but he has turned into a villain of sorts over the course of the past year. When James went on ESPN with his special titled “The Decision,” merely to announce that he would be signing with the Miami Heat; well, it ruffled many feathers.
Hoge didn’t take back his comments Thursday morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning, but did explain them a bit.
“They think it’s a personal attack. It’s purely a football evaluation … I never said he’s a bad guy. In fact, I know he’s a great guy. I’ve met him. It’s a football evaluation based on over 25 years of studying this league, working in this league.”
Hoge added that part of Tebow’s issue is where he was drafted — the first round. “The skill set he possessed in college is not a first-round grade. No how. No way.”
Tebow was thought to be going into Broncos’ camp as the leader to land the starting job, but that was not set in stone. The popular quarterback got limited playing time during his rookie season, but many expected him to lead the Broncos into the future. Reports have Orton leading the pack of quarterbacks so far in training camp, but there is still a long way to go.
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