Will Tim Tebow demand that the New York Jets trade him if he isn’t a starter by the end of this year? Probably not. But that didn’t stop Gary Myers from throwing that idea out there for no real reason in yesterday’s New York Daily News.
Mind you, we’re exactly one game into the NFL season. In their lone outing of the year, New York absolutely dominated the Buffalo Bills in a manner that they will not be able to replicate on a regular basis. Mark Sanchez threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-27 passing. Shonn Greene carried the ball 27 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. Stephen Hill recorded five catches for 89 yards and two scores. And in a game where seemingly everyone else shined, Tebow tacked on a cool 11 yards on five carries.
The stars aligned for the Jets versus the Bills – but acting like them beating up on squads by twenty is going to be a regular occurrence is crazy. They’re going to struggle. And when they inevitably struggle, the Jets will give Tebow a more prominent role. What he will do with that role remains to be seen but, either way, he’ll almost certainly get his opportunity.
Myers doesn’t think so, though. Via his report:
“I think he will be a good soldier,” one NFL source said Wednesday. “At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on. The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he’s football-aholic. It’s in his blood.”
If Tebow remains in his limited role all season, then the source anticipates the QB will sit down with Jets decision-makers and ask them to trade him. His contract runs through the 2014 season, and Tebow is not ready to concede defeat on being a starting quarterback again.
“Absolutely he will talk to the Jets or we will have misevaluated his competitive nature,” the source said. “There comes a point, where they get it and realize this is who I am and just accept that role. Tebow is not there yet.”
Just to be clear, nobody is misunderstanding the general premise here. The general premise is: if Tebow has an entire year of non-impactful games, he’ll want out. Sure. Maybe. Who knows. But that general premise is kind of a crazy longshot because in order for it to work, Sanchez would have to have his best year ever with his worst team ever.
(Kudos New York Daily News)