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It's been nearly three weeks since CBS analyst, radio host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason suggested that the Jets should cut Tim Tebow. In typical turn-the-other-cheek Tebow fashion, the backup quarterback/wildcat specialist/punt protector responded with warmheartedness and well wishes.
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"I've heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason,” Tebow said at the time. “I know he was a great player here, and I just wish him nothing but the best in his announcing and God bless him."
On Thursday, Tebow was a guest on Esiason's radio show and it went as you might expect. Which is to say that Tebow was exceedingly nice but didn't really say much: He considers himself a quarterback first who also does "other things to help this team"; he continues to have a swell relationship with Mark Sanchez; and wants Jets fans to know that every time he "step(s) onto that field I'm giving my heart and soul every single play."
Esiason did bring up his "cut Tebow" remarks but pointed out that it had to do with the media distraction Tebowmania causes and not his football abilities.
"I told that to (head coach) Rex (Ryan) and told that to (offensive coordinator Tony) Sparano," Esiason said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "Both of them ooze with confidence of who you are as player and a teammate which is a credit to you. Do you consider yourself a quarterback that should be in the shotgun. That has to be a dual threat instead of throwing 35-40 times a game. Do you think you can win a Super Bowl that way?"
Tebow's response was predictably upbeat.
"I think there are some things that come easier to me than others. I think one being in the shotgun since I've done it since I was a sophomore in high school," he said. "That's definitely easier to me. There are some things I've done more than others. I haven't done as many under center play-action drops, seven (step drops), that's stuff I continue to work at. I really do, it's not cliche I feel like I'm getting (better) every single day at it.
"This is my third offense in three year," Tebow continued. "So if I stay at this pace, I'll know all of them pretty soon. I feel like I'm getting better at all my weaknesses and those are really the things I'm really working hard every single day to get better at and that excites me."
And while he would never admit it publicly, we suspect Tebow is also excited by the news that Ryan finally benched right tackle Wayne Hunter.
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