With Sanchez benched in favor of Greg McElroy, who has played in all of one NFL game, over Tebow, the Jets clearly have some issues to resolve. Sanchez is due an $8.25 million guarantee in 2013; his brother, who is also his agent, wasn’t commenting on next season. He told Rich Cimini only that “Mark is a Jet and he’s going to support the Jets any way he can through the remainder of season.”
Tebow, one of the NFL’s most popular players, was clearly angry when he talked with reporters Wednesday afternoon, although he offered a lesson in turning the other cheek.
“You know, sometimes things just happen out of your control,” he said. “Obviously, you might not be pleased with them or happy about it. You just handle them the best you can.”
Tebow had been the No. 2 quarterback for most of the season, with precious few snaps to show for it. Sources had told the New York Daily News that he felt misled by the Jets, who traded for him last March, but he wouldnt speak publicly about that.
“Every opportunity you get, you want to make the most of. I would’ve loved to have more of an opportunity to just play quarterback,” said Tebow, who added weight at the team’s urging, but was used mostly as a personal punt protector and on gadget plays. “Obviously, that’s my goal. Just make the most of these last two weeks and see what happens after that.”
He continues to believe he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL and has a trip to the playoffs last season on his resume to back up that belief. Although there were reports that he would ask for a trade or for the Jets to release him when the season ended, he said Tebow believes he can be an NFL starting quarterback, so he’ll likely soon try to get that chance. But he said he hasn’t asked for a trade.
“That’s something we’ll talk about after the season,” he said multiple times.
He was asked why the Jets traded for him in the first place and, like everyone else, he had no answer for that. Or at least none he was willing to share.
“Some things are hard to understand,” said Tebow, who reportedly also broke up with actress Camilla Belle, his girlfriend of two months. “They were trying to do the best they can and I understand that.”
Credit John 3:16, John Elway and John Fox
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