The soap opera continues, more than a week after the fat lady finished singing.
Quarterback-of-all-trades Tim Tebow has addressed with the media the report that he asked to be omitted from the team’s Wildcat package after being informed that he wouldn’t be the starting quarterback in Week 16.
“I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything. I won’t do anything,‘” Tebow said Wednesday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not to do something if I was asked. That’s what’s disappointing. People saying, ‘Oh, you quit. Or you didn’t do this.’ That was not it at all. 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.”
Tebow acknowledges that coach Rex Ryan may have misinterpreted the message, and Tebow says he wishes he would have been “more clear” when meeting with Ryan.
“I was definitely disappointed and frustrated and I let him know that,” Tebow said. “Just asked for an opportunity to play quarterback. [On Friday, I told him that] 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 appreciated that. He understood. We got a great relationship still.”
And that’s where the logic falls apart. Tebow wouldn’t have had to tell Ryan that Tebow would do whatever the team needed on Friday. Ryan would have already known it.
Tebow said he was bothered by the notion that he’s not a good teammate, which was perpetuated by whoever from the Jets organization told multiple reporters that Tebow asked to be left out of the Wildcat package.
“You work your whole life to build a reputation,“ Tebow said.
That line, of course, will do nothing to convince those who think that Tebow is concerned more about his image than anything else. Indeed, it will make the skeptics even more suspicious that there’s a disconnect between Tebow and his “reputation.”
For that reason, it would make more sense for Tebow to admit that, yes, he’s human. And, yes, he sometimes has bad days. And, yes, he was frustrated last week. And, yes, he made it known that if he’s not the starter he doesn’t want to be the gimmick, either.
Saying that would go a much longer way toward helping his “reputation” than the clumsy manner in which he has handled the current situation.