Tim Tebow has said how excited he is to play for the New York Jets. he has been saying it since his introductory news conference, and he has continued to say it entering the regular season. Tebow is a team player if nothing else.
But does he seem as excited to sit on the bench? Is he excited getting in on seven snaps during a Jets’ blowout win over the Buffalo Bills? Will he be excited as the 2012 NFL season progresses, and he finds himself in less and less meaningful game action?
Even Tebow cannot fake that level of excitement.
Tebow wants to start in the NFL. Personally, I have never really seen him as a starting NFL quarterback and, even with the Jets, I still see him more of a reserve player. I maintain that the only way Tebow should be starting in this league is if he change his position to a halfback or tight end. If he proved he can run 20 times per game or catch seven or eight balls, he may be far more suited to start at either of those positions.
Because he is certainly not an NFL quarterback, and nothing will ever change my mind about that. Not his wins with the Denver Broncos, not his offseason worth ethic and not even his overall good-guy qualities. He throws one of the worst balls I have ever seen, and he is lucky to be in the league period, considering the position he plays. I’ll guarantee I can come up with 20 college quarterbacks as well as 20-30 quarterbacks who play in the UFL, AFL or IFL who would probably be better than Tebow in the NFL.
But with that being said, Tebow sill believes in himself and in his abilities. For that, I do admire him. And as little as I think about him as a starting NFL quarterback, there are a handful of teams who would still take a shot on him, if for no other reason than to try to sell some tickets.
Tebow is under contract for the next three seasons, meaning he cannot test the free agent waters until 2015. But that doesn’t mean that Tebow will sit and watch Mark Sanchez get all of the pass attempts as he comes in and runs around on five or six plays.
He is not the type of person who would ever go to the team or to the media and express his unhappiness during the season. He would not want to create that type of drama and controversy.
That is why Tebow continues to say the right things.
Remember, he is excited.
“I definitely am very competitive, but the number one thing to help competitiveness is winning football games,” Tebow said. “However I can help this team to win football games – that’s the ultimate goal and that’s why we’re all here. Whatever I can do to help us win football games, that’s what I am going to do.”
That is what he is saying right now. We are just one game into the regular season. What will his feelings be if this continues by Week 10 or 11?
One source says that the longer this goes on, the more frustrated Tebow will become, even if he would not say it publicly.
“I think he will be a good soldier,” the anonymous 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.”
Only time will tell.