Tim Tebow Saying 'No' to Wildcat for New York Jets Was Right Thing to Do

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIDecember 24, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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If you've ever heard someone say "that's why we don't have nice things," then you know exactly what I'm getting at here with Tim Tebow.

The New York Jets don't deserve to have Tebow in their lineup or Wildcat formation, now, or ever again for that matter, because they've misused him and taken him for granted.

According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini and Jane McManus, Tebow didn't want to be a part of the Jets' Wildcat offense after they chose Greg McElroy for the starting gig over him.

New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow was so frustrated when the starting job was conferred upon Greg McElroy early last week that he told the coaches he didn't want to be used in any Wildcat packages Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, multiple Jets sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

It serves the Jets right that Tebow finally decided to stand up for himself.

In telling them he didn't want to be their wildcat quarterback, he was in essence saying: "listen, I'm sick of being your punching bag, and f you're not going to give me a legitimate chance then I'm done playing your game."

It's nice to see Tebow finally standing up for himself and deciding to stop let everyone walk over him.

It's not Tebow's fault that the entire NFL has walked over him his entire career thus far.

He's a rare, genuinely authentic professional athlete who's actually willing to listen to the coaches and experts around him, and that's where his downfall began.

The moment Tebow let coaches and so-called experts change his throwing motion, he opened up the door for the NFL world to start controlling him.

Instead of welcoming the "help," Tebow should've told experts to refer to his prolific college career for evidence that his throwing motion actually worked.

A 35-6 collegiate record as a starting quarter, two BCS National Championships, the 2007 Heisman Trophy, 12,233 total yards, 145 total touchdowns and just 15 career interceptions should've been enough to let the NFL geniuses know that success is simply what he does.

If all those stats and accolades didn't do the trick, the NFL gurus should've watched this video to answer their question of whether Tebow is a proven "winner."

Tebow didn't let any of the expert's opinions get to him though because he knew that his dream of playing quarterback was still going to come true.

His focus was on working as hard as he could and doing what was necessary to become the player the NFL wanted him to be.

That was his biggest mistake. Tebow stood for hard work and dedication to the arduous process of becoming the NFL's stereotypical pocket passer.

What he should've been standing for was who he knew that he was. He knew that he could win games. He knew that he was one of the greatest players to ever play college football, and yet, because of his humility, he let the so-called experts of the NFL change him.

It's an interesting dilemma because Tebow would never let anyone change his authentic and heart-felt religious beliefs, because he believes in their legitimacy.

Yet, at the same time, he easily gave up on what got him to the NFL in the first place—his ability to lead a football team and win games with his odd-looking throwing motion.

Sometimes being the "nice guy" doesn't work. Tebow found that out the hard way, and it took a less than stellar trip to the Big Apple to realize that.

He allowed the world around him to form his expectations for the game he once dominated, and he's now realizing that it's time to finally be himself.

Tebow has been himself off the field for his entire life, and now it's time for him to be himself on the field for the first time in three years.

Telling the Jets and their idiotic Wildcat scheme "no" was a major step for Tebow. It was his way of finally standing up for himself and putting an end to the NFL pushing him around.

Tebow finally has some attitude, and that's what he's needed for the past few years.

The Jets finally made Tebow angry, and that's going to finally push him in the right direction. It's going to make him learn that he has to protect himself in the NFL if he wants to truly be successful.