Report: Tim Tebow asked not to be part of wildcat packages Sunday

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Sunday was, somehow, a new low for the Jets. They lost, again, this time 27-17 to the Chargers. Greg McElroy started, Jeremy Kerley (!) attempted a pass, and San Diego never saw the vaunted wildcat featuring one Tim Tebow.

That's apparently because Tebow "told the coaches he didn't want to be used in any Wildcat personnel," Jane McManus of ESPN New York reports.

In so much as anything can be surprising with the Jets these days, this is pretty shocking: it paints Tebow in the opposite light that we're used to hearing, which is the ultimate team-first guy.

Asked about not being included in the Wildcat Sunday, Tebow said "It just kind of happens."

"It's been disappointing, obviously (the season) didn't go as we thought, as I had hoped," Tebow said. "But sometimes in life you have that. Sometimes you have setbacks and you have to look at them as an opportunity to step back up and keep working and figure out what to do."

That's about defeated an attitude as you can get from Tebow. Rex Ryan wasn't much more elaborate, but he did try and pin the move on the dynamic presence that Kerley brings to the table. Or something.

"I also wanted to give Kerley a shot at running some Wildcat things," Ryan said. "We knew they wouldn't expect him to throw the ball, and that was the case."

Awkwardly, Kerley now has more passing yards on the season (42, all on one play Sunday) than Tebow (39, on eight total attempts this year).

It's been reported that Tebow is a "virtual certainty" to land in Jacksonville after this season ends. That's still up in the air depending on what they do with their front office. But it's pretty clear at this point that Tebow's days in New York are numbered.

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