Tim Tebow said the criticism from within the Jets makes him want to be a better teammate. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
"Terrible Tebow" may be his new nickname, but in typical fashion, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow responded to a "terrible" tag reportedly placed on him by an anonymous defensive starter on the team by taking the high road.
According to a report from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Tebow said that the new "terrible" description is just all the more reason why he needs to work on becoming not only a better quarterback but a better teammate:
"I always find the good and the positive in every situation and the positive of this is to go and work a little harder and build better relationships with your teammates."
Earlier this week, there were reports from The New York Daily News that one of his own teammates from the Jets called him "terrible." The criticism, though unsubstantiated, prompted head coach Rex Ryan to take a hard-line against those who choose to insult someone from within their own organization, saying it's a cowardly move from whoever said it. Ryan reportedly asked his players at a meeting who made the comment, but no one confessed:
“Did I address it? I absolutely addressed it. Because I think it’s a cowardly thing. If you’re not going to put your name to it, I think that’s about as cowardly of a thing as there is.”
The Jets enter Week 11 with a 3-6 record. Tebow will have the opportunity to silence his critics and perhaps his own teammates as the team heads to St. Louis for a game on Sunday against the Rams.