Merril Hoge's Tim Tebow criticism: worse than his ties
Broncos fans, and NFL fans from all over the country have been talking about Merril Hoge and his "expert analysis" of Tim Tebow. Wow, where do we start. I'd like to start by saying, you can't take a guy too seriously when he wears infant sized clip-on ties and sprays on fake hair before his ESPN show starts. Now that we have an understanding of who we're dealing with, lets dig a little deeper.
Yesterday, Merril Hoge took to Twitter to announce just how awful Tim Tebow is. He had just watched game film from one of the three starts Tebow made last year. Yes, you read that right, he watched one game film. After watching the film from one game, Hoge felt it necessary to post on Twitter the following:
Sitting watching tape off bronco offense from last year! Orton or Tebow? It’s embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!
Orton or tebow? QB play is not just about who works hard gives rare rare college speeches or who is a good guy!! Because orton works hard
Heavy words from a guy that has never been known to be a quarterback guru, or a special player himself. Why did he feel like he needed to go to Twitter to share his thoughts? hmm. I'm about 99% sure this was done for a few reasons:
And is a good guy as well. It’s about who can play!! I just watched Tebow throw 5 out routes to a wide open WR! He was 1 for 5! 2 went in
Dirt 2 in the stands! That throwing motion he changed? U can’t change who u r! Just watched 2 throws and he throws like he did in college!!
College credentials do not transfer to NFL raw raw speeches do not work! You must poses a skill set to play! Tebow struggle with accuracy!
1) To promote his website, which I won't list here, but he links to it on Twitter.
2) To boost ESPN ratings.
3) To help Hoge sell books (he has a book out now - I'm sure it hasn't sold nearly as many copies of Tim Tebow's).
Not only did Hoge post his thoughts on Twitter. He spent the day doing interviews and continued to bash Tim Tebow, and his supposed lack of ability to be an NFL quarterback. After being invited by Mark Schlereth, Alfred Williams and D-Mac from 104.3 The Fan to discuss Tebow, Hoge went off. He said "Tebow's accuracy is horrible and will never improve!" He then got in a shouting match with D-Mac and threatened that he'd be in Denver next week. It's really quite ridiculous all the things that Merril Hoge went on to say. To hear the entire interview click here: http://www.1043thefan.com/channels/thedrive/Story.aspx?ID=1473664
I think it's completely irresponsible to look at one game tape, and make the claims that Hoge made against Tebow. Of course he didn't look good. He was a rookie that didn't play until the very end of the season. He didn't get many reps at practice, and didn't get a chance to improve much during the season. Any rookie quarterback is going to struggle in that position.
What I want to know is, what gives? Why did Hoge act so unprofessional about this whole thing? Constructive criticism is fine, but completely writing off a guy is different. Using Twitter to bash Tebow in order to promote himself is pretty lame.