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Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics

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With increasing speculation that the Jets should remove the funk hovering over the franchise by benching quarterback Mark Sanchez and going with Tim Tebow, the New York media tried their damnedest on Thursday to get Tebow to give them a sound bite suggesting frustration with his role or a desire to supplant Sanchez or anything other than the happy-go-lucky Buddy-the-Elf optimism that characterizes the backup quarterback/punt protector who always says all the right things.

Tebow never strayed from his lane.  He’s excited and ready and anxious for whatever the team wants him to do, but he’s not asking for a chance to do anything more than what they want him to do, whenever they ask him to do whatever they want him to do.

Twenty different ways they tried to get him to crack, and he didn’t.

That said, I’ve got a feeling that the Jets are planning to use him more this week — and possibly to flip the switch to Tebow if the game starts to get away from Sanchez.  As explained during Thursday’s Pro Football Talk, the Jets will try to preserve the element of surprise in order to get the most out of the change.

If/when they make a change.

OK, when they make a change.

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27 Responses to “Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    Tebow’s been trained how to deal with the media since he was in High School.

    It’s impossible to trip him up.

  2. dyna5ty says: Oct 4, 2012 9:56 PM

    I don’t think anyone is surprised by this. He could play 0 snaps and still say he’s “excited”.

  3. txxxchief says: Oct 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    Tom’s tiptoeing skills are precisely why Rex brought him to the Jets.

  4. WatchThis says: Oct 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    That’s what role models do.

  5. WatchThis says: Oct 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    The media would be upset about it and call him “buddy-the-elf”, because he’s not giving the media a story. Good for him.

  6. ezra954 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:06 PM

    If Teblow Jesus wants to play he will just ask his dad

  7. csilojohnson says: Oct 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    Tebow is a robot sent from the vatican. He is only programmed to respond as neutral as humanly possible to all topics unrelated to religion.
    Remember where you heard it first!

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Oct 4, 2012 10:12 PM

    Isn’t there some third world country he can go to and force his fairy tale on some poor/dumb people?

  9. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 4, 2012 10:14 PM

    The headline, though perhaps unintentional, could appear a bit pejorative. “Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics” could lead some to believe Tebow is either spineless or less-than-truthful.

    My take is Tebow darn near always puts other people first, and that includes coaches, players, even third world kids in the Philipenes. And this is one more ongoing sequence of Tebow putting others first, and basically trying to do what’s best for Sanchez, Coach Ryan and generally the rest of the team — while balling out hard every chance he gets to show he is a competitor ready for as much of a workload as they’ll put on his shoulders.

    I’m not a UF grad, nor a Jets fan or Donks fan. Just sayin’ my take on Tebow is really positive in every way possible, except one key thing: at the risk of dramatically oversimplifying things, his QB’ing needs a good deal of work.

    But he is a fighter and a leader. I wish him the very best.

  10. abninf says: Oct 4, 2012 10:17 PM

    “Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics
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    Interesting title. Tebow continues to not say things that will cause controversy within his team. Which is all the media wants. If I was him I wouldn’t speak to the media whatsoever.

  11. fdugrad says: Oct 4, 2012 10:19 PM

    I continue to be unconcerned regarding his religion worn on his sleeve and I hate his ( and Woody’s ) politics, however I find his refusal to stick and twist a knife into his teammate’s back an exceedingly admirable trait and at the same time a very rare one as well. He appears to walk his Christian talk. His parents are surely proud of him, and should be. By anyone’s definition, he is a decent human being. I wish him well.

  12. csilojohnson says: Oct 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    I should clarify… Tebow will resond as humanly as his robot programming will allow. He was sent back in time by the vatican from the year 2316. Steve Austin was thier first attempt at entertainment brainwashing. NFL was the obvious choice. I have a theory that Goodell is a robot gone rogue. Hellbent on destroying any respectable stage Tebow has to complete his mission. I guess only time will tell.

  13. souldogdave says: Oct 4, 2012 10:22 PM

    Wow, Jets suck.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 4, 2012 10:44 PM

    Reporter: Tebow do you think you’ll eventually be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets?
    Tebow: I don’t know. That’s up to God.
    Rex Ryan: He’s right. It is up to me.

  15. broncsfan72 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:44 PM

    I look forward to seeing him play again. He’s a great football player. I think he will provide the spark the Jets need. This is like deja vu from last year except Sanchez doesn’t suck nearly as bad as Orton. If they do play him Jets fans get ready for wild ride. Every week you’ll be on your feet shouting at the tv not being able to believe how in the world you just won that game. It’s Tebow time baby and that’s all you need to know.

  16. shootscuz says: Oct 4, 2012 10:53 PM

    Start Tebow already. He will never look like the answer in practice but he will make stuff happen in games. Mark’s completion % is already terrible so there won’t be much drop off there. Just look at what he did for the 1-4 Broncos.

  17. thefiesty1 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:57 PM

    Let him play or let him ride the pine. Just DON’T show him Tebowing every time the camera gets near him.

  18. cuda1234 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:00 PM

    Its astounding to me that people still say Tebow puts others first – nothing in his career could lead a reasonable person to that conclusion.

    Also, this is exactly the passive-aggressive approach Timmy ALWAYS takes. His surrogates make it clear that he’s unhappy that the world is not currently revolving around him, then he calls a press conference to talk about how humble he is.

    It happened in high school, it happened in college and it happened in Denver – look it up.

  19. pisano says: Oct 4, 2012 11:23 PM

    Jets, two words, Greg McElroy.

  20. briang123 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    How dare not throw Sanchez, Ryan, and the entire Jets offense under the bus? Weasel.

  21. bamboozle99 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:51 AM

    He did cry to the newspapers once in Denver, learned his lesson.

  22. thermalito says: Oct 5, 2012 4:20 AM

    Tim Tebow will be out of football in less than 2 years. Mark my words.

  23. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 5, 2012 8:02 AM

    My son idolizes Tim and I couldnt be happier. Everytime Tim has the chance, he shows the entire world what a real man looks like. If my son can be 1 Inth of the leader and role model Tim is I would be a VERY proud man.

  24. fuglyflorio says: Oct 5, 2012 8:49 AM

    Let’s be honest … only divine intervention can save the Jets.

  25. kacapaco says: Oct 5, 2012 9:09 AM

    Good thing for Tebow is, he is humble and smart. He ain’t gona give you jerk ‘journalists’ a thing to write.

  26. djaehne says: Oct 5, 2012 6:10 PM

    Why trade for Tebow if you don’t eventually get him in the game. All anyone has ever said about the guy is that he can’t throw. News flash, what has Sanchez done the first four games that warrents keeping him the starter?

  27. pisano says: Oct 6, 2012 4:30 PM

    djaehne…. NOTHING! try to trade him, or cut him, he’s just taking up a roster spot. Give Greg McElroy the job, he couldn’t do any worse then the two in front of him.

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