Tim Tebow Reportedly Asked Out of Wildcat Package vs. Chargers

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

The drama surrounding the New York Jets and Tim Tebow took a new turn on Sunday.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 6:06 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, Tebow claims that he never asked out of the Wildcat formation last Sunday versus the Chargers. 

Here is what Tebow had to say about the situation:

For people to not know the situation and start to bash your character and say you're a phony, you're a fake and you're a hypocrite, I think that's what's disappointing and that's what's frustrating. It's a football game. It's one thing if you're good or bad at football, but your character and integrity, that's who you are as a man.

That's a lot more important. That's what's disappointing for me and frustrating because I take that way more serious than I'll ever take a football game.

---End of Update---


According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini and Jane McManus, Tebow didn't want any part of the Wildcat package in the Jets' Week 16 game against the San Diego Chargers:

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.

This news comes just one day after ESPN's Chris Mortensen announced that Tebow will almost certainly be a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next season, and it can be taken a few different ways.

This could just be a case of sour grapes on Tebow's end.

The decision to start McElroy may not be something that he agreed with, but it's the coach's decision nonetheless. A player should respect that.

It could also be viewed as Tebow finally sticking up for himself.

The Wildcat is a formation that especially utilizes his talents, but he's barely even been used in the package throughout the season. The Jets clearly have no idea how to use him, so they throw him in a few disjointed plays here and there.

No matter what, this is an ugly situation.

Tebow isn't known for ruffling any feathers, but it seems like anything associated with this Jets franchise is destined for the headlines, for better or worse.

As Cimini and McManus mention, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley played quarterback in the Wildcat on Sunday, while Tebow stood on the sidelines.

Rex Ryan passed it off as a coach's decision when asked about it in the postgame press conference, and Tebow didn't seem to make anything of it, but this spins the story in a completely different direction.

Tebow's role in the Jets offense has puzzled everyone, to a point. Even if you don't believe in Tebow's ability, it would appear that the Jets wanted him for a reason. At this point, it looks like the team was just hungry for more attention.

This will be an interesting situation to keep an eye on in the Jets' final game of the season. Tebow clearly isn't happy, and it appears that his ticket out of New York has already been punched.

Opting out of his only role on the team shows just how fed up he really is.