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Agent says Greene never advocated for Tebow

New York Jets Tim Tebow fakes a handoff to Shonn Greene in the third quarter of their NFL game in Pittsburgh Reuters

The gift that keeps on giving is giving us some more that we can give to you.

The three-ring circus has added a few more rings, via the question of whether Jets running back Shonn Greene did or didn’t advocate the benching of quarterback Mark Sanchez and the use of backup Tim Tebow.

The Monday interview had been arranged in August and originally scheduled for early in the season, according to Greene’s agent, Sean Howard.  It was, per Howard, supposed to be a feature about Greene.  The comments that were (or weren’t) about Sanchez and Tebow were coincidental.

I can tell you, I know Shonn,” Howard told PFT by phone on Thursday morning.  “Nowhere did he say Tebow should be the starting quarterback.  Knowing Shonn as I do, he has always defended his teammates.  Shonn’s not that guy.  Because of the headline, everybody was quick to conclude that Shonn was advocating for change.  That’s just not the case.”

The headline, in fairness to everyone, is more direct than the article.  It says, “Jets RB Shonn Greene is right: Time for team to hand ball to ‘terrible’ Tim Tebow.”

“I don’t write the headlines,” Silver told PFT via email, “but I stand by everything in the column, including the accuracy of the quote.  In fairness to Shonn, he was reacting to an opinion I expressed (about giving Tebow a shot) but the quotes are accurate, and I was taking notes in front of him.  I feel badly that we are in this situation.  I believe he is a good, well-meaning teammate who is frustrated about the team’s losing streak.”

Here’s the full quote from Greene to Silver:  “Something’s got to change.  When you get to the point where you’re 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, ‘Oh, what would happen [if Tebow played]?’  But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it’s kind of an up-and-down thing.

“You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games.  We’re not here to protect people’s feelings. If you want to win games, you’ve got to try something.  If somebody’s not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It’s the same with coaching, or any position.  You don’t mean to belittle someone or say ‘he sucks.’  That’s just the harsh reality.”

On one hand, the “if Tebow played” was added in brackets by Silver.  On the other hand, Greene specifically said “Mark.”  Unless Greene was referring to Mark Cuban or Mark Zuckerberg or Marky Mark, the conversation at some point was focused on the prospect of changing quarterbacks to win games.

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23 Responses to “Agent says Greene never advocated for Tebow”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:43 AM

    its all woody johnsons fault

    worst owner in the NFL

    thats the last time i ever buy an Johnson & Johnson toiletry products!

    boycott until they put tebow in!

  2. thejuddstir says: Nov 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    Does it really matter!!! It’s rather obvious that Woody Johnson wanted Tebow for marketing purposes only, Rexy has been “calling the shots in Jetsville since his arrival” and fans elsewhere have been “predicting every year that the Jests would implode each and every year since Rexy and his mouth came to town.” Take away the one year where the Colts laid down to allow the Jests to get into the playoffs and they have did nothing else………………except tell us how great they are each and every year. Rexy likes to remind us how tight of a locker room they always have but….funny…every player to leave the Jests comments how lucky they are to be out of that circus.

  3. westof1club says: Nov 15, 2012 10:46 AM

    Please stop writing about this crap. The Jets suck and they have Tebow. Is this really news at this point?

  4. blowpackblow says: Nov 15, 2012 10:51 AM

    I have no idea why the media focuses so much attention on a below average BACK UP QB. Stop it already! Teblow sucks and so does every story about him.

  5. xsfmed says: Nov 15, 2012 10:51 AM

    Can we have one week without any Jets stories? Seriously? I need a vacation from this nonsense.

  6. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    Hahahaha!

    I’m loving this! The Yets are collapsing before our eyes and the team can’t stop squabbling!

    Still ain’t won nothing yet! NOTHING!

    By the way, you Yets fans take a look at how New England and see how a real team does business? Heck, you could even look to the Packers!

  7. ampats says: Nov 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    The problem with the Jets is that their skill position players would be 2nd string on many teams. Sanchez,Greene,etc couldn’t start on 2/3 teams in the NFL.

    I may not be a Tebow fan but he has nothing to do why the Jets are 3-6 and heading for a 4-12 season.

    Looks like another housecleaning for the Jets at the end of the season.

  8. killface4prez says: Nov 15, 2012 10:55 AM

    And now the agent for the middling RB chimes in. If we can just get a comment from the grounds crew the circle will be complete.

    Who is driving this bus, anyway?

  9. tomnickle says: Nov 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    Shonn Greene didn’t advocate for a QB change. Santonio Holmes didn’t get kicked out of a huddle. Brett Favre didn’t expose himself to a sideline reporter.

    If they focused on winning football games they might actually become a good football team.

  10. cubancigar10 says: Nov 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    Jets news is like a horrible dream—-keeps recurring. Who cares about a group of misfits with a blubber mouth for a coach?

    Tim Tebow is a good guy that doesn’t deserve the crappy limelight. Send him to Jax where he will get some respect.

    Jabba The Rex will lives on!!!

  11. zimaman says: Nov 15, 2012 11:19 AM

    This team is a mess and the locker room is a mess

    Jabba the Jet has lost control of these numbskulls

    That much is obvious

    Bottom line I like Rex, he is good for football. But he has to change his methods a little. This ain’t working.

    I hope they win some more games cause if they don’t he may be gone when in reality Tannenbaum is the one who should be fired.

  12. bigtunna says: Nov 15, 2012 11:19 AM

    Are the rings in the circus the same ones Rex guaranteed but never got?

  13. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    I for one would like to see Tebow start. Elway gave it a shot (thinking and hoping he would fail) and it got them the division title and a playoff win. As a Rams fan I would prefer they wait until after Sunday. – Free Tim Tebow -

  14. beecee71 says: Nov 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    @mjbulls45
    What are you smoking? If you are a Jets fan (if you are you are very young) then you do not pay attention or you must have loved the Kotite years under Hess. Since woody took over the team has made the playoffs 6 of the past 11 years with two afc championship games and a few other playoff runs. It has been (by jets standards) a complete success for woody. It is clearly not going well now, but I can’t blame woody. His job is to put the right people in the position, support them, and remove them when they are no longer effective. He has done that every time necessary.

  15. groleo45 says: Nov 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    Stop. Just stop. 12 jets stories in the last 3 days, none of which has anything to do with football. No one besides gloating rivals in the AFC east gives a damn about these clowns, yet they continue to completely dominate your focus and coverage. Get over it!

  16. randomcommenter says: Nov 15, 2012 11:41 AM

    I’d love to know if the guy who called Tebow terrible is a starter. That would take some nerve. You jets starters are 3-6 and not a single bit of that is Tebow’s fault.

    Look in the mirror jets starters. YOU are the problem. Not Tebow.

    Not many people think Tebow is a great player. The simple fact that fans are advocating that a mediocre player get a start is that mediocre is an upgrade over terrible, which is what you jets starters are.

    I give Greene credit for at least putting his name to comments, but guess what Shawn. I could argue you are the Tebow of starting RBs in this league.

  17. vontazemebro says: Nov 15, 2012 12:13 PM

    I’m starting to think this is not Rex’s fault. I think Woody “apt name” Johnson decrees that NYJ are a 3 ring circus. He must not care about the product on the field. Jets fans should not renew season tickets or buy any merchandise going forward until such time he sells the team.

  18. spencerpoormanstudweiser69 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:58 PM

    I just hope the jets don’t let a bunch of silly football distract them from whats important: team drama.

  19. purplekoolaid1 says: Nov 15, 2012 1:04 PM

    I believe he was referring to Marky Mark and just wanted to send out some good vibrations.

  20. honkerdawg says: Nov 15, 2012 1:41 PM

    Maybe the Jets should stop worrying about Tebow vs Sanchez and just worry about how BAD they are as a team and concentrate on playing their own positions. The owner, coach and team are a JOKE, always have been its just taken this long to show itself

  21. keepingitrealdumb says: Nov 15, 2012 1:56 PM

    i read greene’s comments and it all makes sense. i don’t see why there is controversy. he was neither attacking sanchez nor promoting tebow. he was simply saying that if someone can’t get the job done then give the next guy a chance to see if he can do better. this is the way it _should_ be.

  22. cmdrsmooth says: Nov 15, 2012 4:38 PM

    Greene is right. What’s the big deal.

  23. kappy32 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:42 PM

    Okay. Then he was advocating for Greg McElroy to take over. He was clearly advocating for someone to be the starting QB other than Sanchez & if it wasn’t Tebow then it had to be, through process of elimination, Greg McElroy.

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