There was some confusion today as the Jets utilized Jeremy Kerley in their spread/wildcat package instead of Tim Tebow. Apparently, Tebow’s frustrations took their toll with the announcement on Tuesday that McElroy leapfrogged him on the depth chart which led Tebow to tell the team to cut ties.
According to a Sunday report by ESPNNewYork.com, Tebow asked out of the Jets‘ Wildcat scheme after learning that Greg McElroy would bypass him on the depth chart and start against the San Diego Chargers.
The New York Post also confimed the report, citing a source.
So why was Tebow even active on Sunday? According to ESPNNewYork.com, Tebow was available in case McElroy went down with an injury. The team — and this is really bad — didn’t want to play erstwhile starter Mark Sanchez for fear of a negative fan reaction at MetLife Stadium.
CBS occasionally panned the cameras over to the sidelines and would catch all three quarterbacks on the bench with Sparano. While McElroy and Sanchez were engaged with the coordinator, Tebow was seemingly disinterested half the time and was not paying attention to the conversations. Understandably, things have not worked out as well as he could have hoped but (the perceived) pouting on the sidelines isn’t exactly the most ideal way to vent your frustrations. The icing on the entire soiree is that Tebow was all but named the number two quarterback if the Jets were really that wary of putting Sanchez in at home. This has been a lose-lose situation for everyone involved and the sooner the organization moves on to 2013, the better.