Tebow never called quits on Wildcat package

12/26/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsCriticize his quarterback skills or lack of playing time this season and Tim Tebow is willing to turn the other cheek. But on Wednesday, the New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow took umbrage to the assumption that he is a bad teammate and asked out of the Wildcat package.
"People saying, ‘Oh, you quit.  Or you didn’t do this…(without knowing) the situation and start to bash your character and say you're a phony, you're a fake and you're a hypocrite,” said Tim Tebow, “I think that's what's disappointing and that's what's frustrating… It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback.  It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”
“It's a football game. It's one thing if you're good or bad at football, but your character and integrity, that's who you are as a man,” continued Tim Tebow. ‘That's a lot more important. That's what's disappointing for me and frustrating because I take that way more serious than I'll ever take a football game.”
The New York Jets quarterback drama is just unwilling to die out. Media report churned up another juicy storyline over the week after Tim Tebow, disgruntled by his limited role and lack of success in the Wildcat formation, asked New York Jets coach Rex Ryan for an opportunity to play starting quarterback last Tuesday. Tim Tebow only started developing an understanding of how the message was received after New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley started taking the bulk Wildcat reps during practice last week. Jeremy Kerley also featured in the Wildcat role during Sunday’s decisive 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Tim Tebow acknowledged that he should have been “more clear” with Rex Ryan in Tuesday’s meeting since there the existing “possibility” that his message was misinterpreted.
"I never said, 'Hey, I don't want to do anything or I won't do anything’. That wasn't the talk at all,” said Tim Tebow. “(I told Rex Ryan) I would do anything for this team like I have all year from punt to hands team to catching passes . . . whatever I could do…He knows that and everybody on this team knows I would never not do something if I was asked.’
The New York Jets initially bought Tim Tebow in to boost the offense by using him in Wildcat package. While Tim Tebow seemed on board with that scheme the reason he really came to New York was a realistic starting opportunity. However, Tim Tebow hasn’t seen much success on both fronts as the New York Jets’ Wildcat formation has failed to keep opposing defenses under pressure throughout the season.
“I thought we’d probably have a little more success than what we’ve had,“ Rex Ryan said of the Wildcat formation on Wednesday. “Like I said before, it’s not Tim Tebow’s fault. It just seems like that’s kind of the way it is… whether it’s defenses maybe catching up to it a little bit, I’m not sure.”
Tim Tebow has 32 carries for 102 rushing yards and no touchdowns over 11 games this season.
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