It's can be safely said that the Tim Tebow experiment in New York has been a complete fiasco.
Now the Tebow saga has taken yet another ugly turn that would seem to indicate that even Tebow isn't immune to the dysfunction that has permeated the Jets.
As many sources have reported, Tebow was not at all pleased to be passed over for this week's start against the San Diego Chargers in favor of second-year pro Greg McElroy. Rich Cimini and Jane McManus of ESPN shed more light on the subject, with a report that Tebow went so far as to ask out of any Wildcat packages that the team might employ in the game.
Sure enough, when the Jets did line up in the Wildcat against San Diego, it was wide receiver Jeremy Kerley at the helm.
Tebow never saw the field.
Head coach Rex Ryan said, "We wanted to give Kerley a shot at running some Wildcat thing." But if that switch was at Tebow's request, then the wildly popular and wildly inaccurate quarterback is treading on very thin ice heading into an offseason where he's almost certainly going to be looking for work.
Tebow has a few things going for him as enters the market.
Say what you will about his arm, but he's shown the ability to win football games.
He is, as I said, wildly popular.
And he doesn't rock the boat. He's a team player that says all the right things and doesn't cause problems.
No team in their right mind is running out to sign Tim Tebow because of his ability to throw a football. If Tebow starts to develop a reputation as someone who believes the hype that surrounds him, then most teams are going to decide he isn't worth the trouble and move on.
For his part, Tebow has yet to do much more than half-heartedly tow the company line, muttering cliches that both convey the "team first" attitude on the surface but also belie the fact that Tebow is clearly not pleased with the situation in New York:
"It's been disappointing, obviously (the season) didn't go as we thought, as I had hoped," Tebow said. "But sometimes in life you have that. Sometimes you have setbacks and you have to look at them as an opportunity to step back up and keep working and figure out what to do."
Tebow would be wise to stick to that sort of thing, because as the ESPN piece points out, it appears likely that Tebow will find himself in Jacksonville playing for his hometown Jaguars next season as things stand right now.
In other words, Tebow needs to quit pouting, take his ball and go home.
Some things you just can't make up.
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