What a difference a week makes for Tim Tebow.
"15?" one unnamed Lions defender said in reference to Tebow's jersey number, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. "Come on -- that's embarrassing. I mean, it's a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn't do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, 'Come on -- that's your quarterback? Seriously?' "
Avril was more diplomatic during a Monday appearance on NFL Network.
"It's a learning curve because he showed that he can win through college or whatnot," Avril said. "He's struggling a little bit right now, but I think it's just a learning curve. He'll get better."
Tebow's performance indeed was woeful -- he was 8-of-26 passing for 85 yards at one point in the fourth quarter -- and it's clear the Lions took pride in putting a big dent in the theory that charisma and faith will carry the day for the second-year pro.