A day after Tim Tebow opened up to the press about his hurt feelings regarding the Jets treatment of him this season, Rex Ryan rubbed salt in the wounds by announcing Mark Sanchez will start this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in place of the injured Greg McElroy. So the Jets are not only a complete joke at this point—they've inspired a ridiculous (but often funny) FreeTebow movement.
McElroy suffered a concussion during last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers, but only told the team this morning after he experienced headaches lifting. After Sanchez was benched two weeks ago (following an endless stream of interceptions, terrible decision making in the pocket, and a buttfumble or two), Ryan chose to promote third stringer McElroy over Tebow, who vented his frustrations.
Tebow told Ryan last Tuesday that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback, and told the coach he wanted to play “regular quarterback.” Ryan seemingly interpreted that to mean Tebow didn't want to be part of the Wildcat packages anymore. Ever since, Tebow feels he was dragged through the mud by the press:
I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything.’ 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, or you didn’t do this.’ 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.
For people to not know the situation and to bash your character and say you're a phony, you're a fake and you're a hypocrite, I think that's what's disappointing and that's what's frustrating. It's a football game. That's one thing, if you're good or bad at football, but your character and integrity, that's who you are as a man.
That's a lot more important. That's what's disappointing for me and frustrating because I take that way more serious than I'll ever take a football game.
The Twitterverse has of course taken all this Jets news completely in stride:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2012
With Greg McElroy having a concussion, the #Jets announced "Buttfumble 2: The Dirty Sanchez Rises" will premiere on Sunday in Buffalo
— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 27, 2012
The Jets have destroyed Mark Sanchez's confidence, Tim Tebow's character and Greg McElroy's prosperous future as a car salesman.
— Eli Langer (@EliFromBrooklyn) December 27, 2012
The Jets would rather lose quietly with Sanchez than risk a miracle win with Tebow and a PR nightmare
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 27, 2012
Mark Sanchez guesses Rex Ryan's number between 1 and 10 correctly and will start for Jets
— Evil Mike Tomlin (@EvilMikeTomlin) December 27, 2012
So glad that the Jets realize that no matter how bad Sanchez or McElroy are it's not worth playing Tebow.
— Craig Glaser (@sabometrics) December 27, 2012
Sanchez to start for Jets because of a concussion to Mac.I hate the world right now.
— Brian Bassett (@Brian_Bassett) December 27, 2012
Call the Jets a circus is an insult to circuses.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 27, 2012
— One Jet at a Time (@OneJetAtATime) December 27, 2012
— B. Spiegel (@knicks148) December 27, 2012
WHY IS SANCHEZ STARTING ??? HE DOESNT DESERVES IT AT ALL AND HE FUCKING SUCKSS !! #FREEEEETEBOWWW
— Anthony Carbonaro™ (@Antcarbs15) December 27, 2012