Tedy Bruschi to Tebow: Stop talking and disappear
Being the polarizing figure that he is, Tim Tebow has been the brunt of a million different critics. Well, keeping with the trend, here’s the latest from No. 1,000,001.
During a segment on ESPN’s NFL32, analyst Tedy Bruschi opined that Tebow, seeing how he’s not the starting quarterback, should do the team (and Mark Sanchez) a solid by ducking out of sight.
“Stop talking to the media so much,” Bruschi said. “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,” Bruschi continued.
Harsh words from the former Patriots linebacker.
For what it’s worth, fellow analyst and former Jets lineman Damien Woody echoed Bruschi’s sentiments, saying Tebow should “not worry about all the media stuff and TV. Leave that stuff for Mark Sanchez.”
Though Bruschi does a raise a fair point, what he suggests is easier said than done. The Jets knew when they acquired Tebow that he brings a ton of media baggage; it’s just how it was, is, and likely always will be. And, judging by his introductory press conference and the tabloid-hungry perception around the franchise, there’s little chance Gang Green suddenly decides to issue any sort of gag order.
Whether Tebow meets with reporters or not is mostly irrelevant. It’s not going to make Sanchez’s life any easier; he’ll continue to have the weight of the world on shoulders. And it certainly won’t prevent the legion of Tebow-maniacs from supporting their much-adored figure, who, above all else, is still the backup quarterback.
The Jets knew what they were getting themselves into as soon as the Broncos said, “Here, take him.” Like it or not, their M.O. is not changing anytime soon.
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