New York Jets QB Tim Tebow, renowned for his willingness to do everything to power his team to victory, benched himself this week from doing the Wildcat against the Chargers this Sunday. They lost 27-17.
Several Jets sources mentioned to ESPN that upon hearing that QB Greg McElroy would be the starter over Tebow, Tebow asked not to play in the Wildcat this week.
I don’t think this news hurts Tebow too much. We don’t know what was told to him during the off-season and – in fairness – he was listed as #2 on the depth chart the whole season.
So, when the Jets first went to McElroy to beat the Cardinals, then went to McElroy as the starter, he understandably felt betrayed.
The majority of people in his position may find it hard to get the motivation for a role you didn’t think you signed up for on a team with zero postseason chance. People rightfully ask: If RB C.J. Spiller or WR Jeremy Kerley (who did Wildcat on Sunday) asked out of that role, would they not get criticized more harshly than Tebow? But it’s also worth asking: If CB Patrick Peterson turns down snaps at WR, does anyone really care?
What could derail Tebow’s career is word from CBS that the Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in him as a FB/H-back, not as a quarterback. While the Jaguars – particularly as they rebuild and also as they try to stack EverBank Stadium with Jags fans instead of Patriots fans like today – may play him more than Rex and Tony did, gadget plays and punt protector is not the role Tebow is after.
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