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Packers' Finley, Ravens' Flacco take issue with Tebow coverage

  • By Dan Hanzus
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Is a Tim Tebow backlash brewing?

In some ways, it's already overdue. The Broncos quarterback has been a massive subplot of the 2011 NFL season, outshining even a run at football immortality by the 13-0 Packers.

Perhaps that's why Jermichael Finley is speaking out. The Green Bay tight end has had more than his fill of Tebowmania, calling it "disturbing."

“I sit at home, start watching TV and all I’m seeing is Tebow,” Finley told the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s kind of disturbing. We have a guy here (Aaron Rodgers) that’s breaking records every week and you have a guy in Tebow that’s saying ‘God’ every word and he gets coverage. Of course, I love my faith and God, but come on man.”

The all-Tebow, all the time coverage also bothers Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens QB who believes his team has been wrongly overshadowed despite having two more wins than Tebow's Broncos.

"I like Tim, but you have a tendency to want to -- I don't want to see Tim do bad -- but look what happens after he wins a football game," Flacco said on Wednesday. "If you watched SportsCenter today, it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else.

Then Flacco got to the guts of his beef: "When we beat the Steelers, were we on TV? No. I couldn't even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that's kind of the way it is around Baltimore. We don't always get our respect but you've got to deal with it and go out there every week and just win football games."

Here's the bad news for Finley, Flacco, and anyone else who's OD'd on all things Tebow: He will remain the game's most publicized player as long as he remains a compelling story. The QB has become a cultural phenomenon, and barring injury or a sudden dearth of fourth-quarter heroics, the public's hunger for Tebow coverage will remain ravenous.


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