The first commandment of training camp is: Thou shalt not whine in training camp.
Tim Tebow did just that.
The Denver Post tonight put up a teaser from Woody Paige's interview with Tebow that will run on Friday. It doesn't read well for Tebow. In the excerpt, Tebow says:
My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true. Then I felt like it was grabbed back away.
We'll have to see this quote in complete context tomorrow. So I'm going to reserve total judgment until them. However, Tebow comes across as rather childish tonight.
There's no crying in football, at least not within the context of a quarterback competition.
Can you imagine if Kyle Orton would have said something similar last week?
He would have been burned at the stake, under any context.
This quote is bad on a lot of levels, but the most damning is the implication of entitlement on Tebow's part. NFL fans may be a lot of things--passionate, obsessed, and jaded--but one thing they are not is tolerant of bellyaching.
It will be interesting to see how the throng of Tebow supporters respond to this interview if he comes off as bad as he seems here.
I can tell you one thing as a fan who was ready to support either quarterback in Week 1.
Orton suddenly seems a little more grown up to me.
UPDATE: I just finished reading the entire piece by Paige. The rest of it was more reserved and didn't do much more damage. However, it's not going to make Tebow more fans in Broncos Country. I think Paige is right. This 24-year-old guy is learning that being a starting QB in the NFL is going to be his biggest challenge yet. In this respect, my last sentence stands on solid ground.