Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez reduced to spectators in Jets' loss to San Diego
By Mike Vorkunov/The Star-Ledger
on December 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM, updated
Tim Tebow’s exuberance has butted heads with his diminished role with the Jets this season.
For every awkward situation he was placed in, he responded with a smile and good nature that allowed him to deflect blame and tension. Today, it had landed him trying to answer a Gordian knot of a question.
He was passed over for the starting job by Greg McElroy and spent the entirety of the Jets’ 27-17 loss watching passively. Afterward, Ryan named McElroy the starter for the season finale in Buffalo and Tebow responded with a stock answer, that he would “just try to help the team however I can.”
But how, Tebow was asked, could he help from the sideline? The Jets made another example today of the esteem they hold the quarterback in, and it was difficult to take it as anything but a slight — though an ESPN New York report, citing anonymous sources, indicated Tebow had asked this past week to be removed from the Jets’ Wildcat package.