The days of Tim Tebow playing the boy scout while Rex Ryan and the New York Jets coaching staff give him the player equivalent of a smack in the face are coming to an end, which is great news for the quarterback.
According to Rich Cimini and Jane McManus of ESPN New York, Tebow told the coaches that he didn't want to be part of the offensive game plan, specifically the Wildcat offense, for the Jets' game against San Diego:
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.
Tebow's nice-guy attitude has helped him win a lot of fans throughout his career, but at the same time, it was ultimately one of the most frustrating things about him.
The Jets have been bad basically since the season started. Sure, they had a 2-1 start, and optimism was swirling around them, but when you watched them on tape, you could see that there were a lot of things to be desired.
On top of that, Mark Sanchez was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. Among quarterbacks with enough attempts to qualify, Sanchez ranked 25th in touchdown passes, 26th in passing yards, 31st in yards per attempt and 32nd in completion percentage.
He did have one category in which he excelled: interceptions. He is third in that category, with 17.
Even as the Jets' season was going downhill, Tebow never got on the field. He did have a rib injury in November that kept him out for a few weeks, but other than that, he has been waiting for an opportunity.
Then, when the Jets finally decided to make a change, Tebow was spurned for Greg McElroy, who had been deactivated for most of the season, including the Week 15 loss to Tennessee that led to Sanchez's benching.
Whether you like Tebow or think he can be a good NFL quarterback is irrelevant in this situation. The Jets treated him like yesterday's trash.
Maybe there was a disconnect between the coaching staff and front office when he was acquired, but to have a weapon like him at your disposal and refuse to use him because of some misplaced sense of loyalty to Sanchez is baffling and a big reason why the Jets are where they are right now.
For Tebow, this season was an opportunity to grow. Playing the good guy who says all the right things at the right times is nice, but when there is obviously something bubbling under the surface that you need to get out, no one is going to blame you for speaking your mind, at least according to the report.
Ryan slapped Tebow across the face one time too many. The last straw came when it was too late for the Jets to make a move, and there is nothing at all wrong with what Tebow is said to have done. He had no reason to honor his commitment to this team when it had no desire to even give him a chance to do anything.
The future continues to look bleak for the Jets, while Tebow could end up getting his wish to get out of New York after the team's season ends next week.
It would be the perfect revenge for a team that practically cost him one year of precious development in his career.