ESPN analyst Merril Hoge is known for his no-holds barred criticisms. Back in 2006, Titans quarterback Vince “hide not highlight” Young was the target of his harsh critiques. Turns out, he was right.
Since Tebow became an unlikely first round pick in 2010, Hoge has had Tebow in his crosshairs. After getting jumped on the depth chart by Greg McElroy, who once robbed him of a third national title, Hoge called Tebow “faker than a three-dollar bill”. It was probably a bit much as this appears to be getting a but personal. Now it’s spilling over into La La land. On Wednesday, Transformers star Josh Duhamel took offense to Hoge’s trolling Tim Tebow via Twitter.
“Any bronco fan still think they would be better with Tebow? I've not heard much noise lately? Curious??”
Duhamel replied before deleting his tweet, “@merrilhoge hey merril. Josh Duhamel here. Wondering why you're such a jealous b***h about Tebow? He's 10x the player you were.”
Ignoring the fact that he felt the need to introduce himself as Josh Duhamel, the funny part of Duhamel’s input is that his wife, Fergie may be the Tim Tebow of the Black Eyed Peas. Let’s be real though. Hoge was a solid NFL running back for eight seasons while Tebow may be on his last NFL lifeline.
Hoge went a little over the line but Duhamel may want to stick to saving the world from Decepticons rather than the Vikings personnel decisions. Leslie Frazier doesn’t need anyone planting these ideas into the heads of Vikings fans. Christian Ponder can't connect down field but Tebow can't execute the simple plays or recognize defenses which is why he's numped his head on the ceiling of his NFL carer but he'll connect on a sweet deep ball. Adrian Peterson may pull a Barry Sanders and retire right away if that happens.
Hoge is very good at what he does and he’s not afraid to ruffle feathers. Along with Ron Jaworski, Hoge is one of ESPN’s brightest X’s and O’s analysts which means that his ideology clashes with Tebow’s. Tebow relies on his athleticism and improvisational skills. To Tebow, reading defenses and identifying coverages is like understanding the Theory of Relativity.
Hoge actually seems like a good guy who’s not afraid to speak his mind. He’s not a monster but his foresight on Young showed he may very well just be ahead of the curve.
Hopefully one day soon, Hoge can set up a sit down interview with Tebow to settle this once and for all.
SportsNet Assoc. Editor - @CerebralSportex