CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Tim Tebow is being called a quitter, Greg McElroy has a concussion, and Mark Sanchez will start Sunday in yet another eventful Thursday for the Jets. Tim Tebow says he is not a quitter, but Sanchez is happy to back being the Jets’ starter this weekend. Rex Ryan, however, doesn’t want to elaborate more about the controversy.
For Sunday’s Bills game, Rex Ryan has selected Sanchez to start for the injured Greg McElroy. “When I look at it, you only have two practices left, you have one walk-through and the fact that Mark had some success early in the year against them … I think without question this is the right decision, to start Mark,” Ryan told news today. “He knows Buffalo and I think it’s the right decision.”
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that Tebow allegedly told Ryan to taken out of Wildcat packages after McElroy was given the starting position. Tebow told news “I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything. I won’t do anything,’ ” He added “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not do something if I was asked. That’s what’s disappointing. . . . People saying, ‘Oh, you quit.’ That was not it at all. It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”
Ryan was asked about Tebow allegations today. Ryan would not reply. “I’m comfortable with my answer. Maybe nobody else is, but I am. Ill leave it at that.”
Ryan did tell news today that Tebow is unhappy. “Is he disappointed about not starting this game? Absolutely. But in my opinion, Tim will do whatever is asked of him.” He added “I can definitely understand the frustrations of not getting the opportunity to play as much as I’m sure he would’ve liked, the fact our team has struggled. I’m sure there are a lot of frustrations now.”