FOUR Tebow BITS: Jets, active, coverage, life

By Adam Silverstein
December 14, 2012

1 » Quarterback Tim Tebow has barely been used this season since being acquired by the New York Jets for a fourth- and sixth-round pick. Head coach Rex Ryan admitted Monday that the player is likely “disappointed” he came to play in New York. “As a competitor, you want to have success, you want to have, probably, more opportunities and things like that,” he said on a local ESPN Radio show, according to Newsday. Ryan added that he does not feel any regret in trading for Tebow; he even believes the player is happy playing in New York but just wishes he would be used more. “In my heart of hearts, I think we all thought there might be more success for him, even personally, running the Wildcat, doing different things that he’s enjoyed so far. But there’s still three games left in the regular season, and we’ll see what happens.”

2 » Announced as active for the second-straight week, Tebow (ribs) was supposedly going to be limited to simply being a backup quarterback for Mark Sanchez on Sunday. Ryan did an about-face about that declaration on Friday, noting that Tebow has played quite well in practice this week and could see some field time again. “He moved around great. This is the best he’s looked in several weeks,” he said per the New York Daily News. “He moved around that good that we may get him back in similar roles.”

[EXPAND CLICK TO EXPAND and read two more BITS in this post.]3 » ESPN President John Skipper recently told the SportsBusiness Journal that his networks are making a concerted effort to cut back on coverage of Tebow after going overboard in a big way over the last two years. Asked this week if he thought the coverage of him was too much, Tebow conceded to USA Today that it might well have been. “Seeing how they were at every training camp practice, maybe,” said Tebow, supposedly with a “hearty laugh.” He also discussed the season as a whole. “They’re all learning opportunities,” he said. “When you believe everything happens for a reason, it makes it a whole lot easier and you try to find the good in every situation.”

4 » Tebow’s football career has certainly taken a turn in the wrong direction this season, which is why there is no question that thoughts about a life after football are certainly swirling around in his head. Asked how he would feel if he does not play again in 2012, Tebow told Newsday that it would not hurt him that much. “I don’t judge my success in life as a football player,” he said on Thursday. “I don’t judge my self-worth as a football player. Football is something I love. It’s a fun career deal, but it’s not what I want to do with my life, because I see football as a game.” He continued, “If you do base your life on how many touchdowns you score, how many championships you win, then when you have a setback, then when you have an injury, you’re not playing, or something goes wrong, your self-worth goes down. But it shouldn’t’ be based on what you do on a football field. It should be based on who you are as a person.” Tebow added that he is “blessed to play” football and does not “take it lightly” but conceded that the best thing about playing the game “is the opportunity to interact with people’s lives.”[/EXPAND]


  1. Gators22 says:

    Well, coach….obviously what you’ve been doing offensively has worked so well this year. Why try something new and mess with success!

  2. Oldflyer says:

    I wonder where Ryan is from? Wherever it is, someone should inform the authorities that their village idiot has escaped.

  3. Walt P says:

    I really feel sorry for Tim he’s proven he knows how to win when given the chance(2011 Denver Broncos). I think Rex and company used the fact that the media was covering him to get extra publicity for the JETS. Hope Tim gets a chance somewhere else.

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