BY BOB HOLT
Tim Tebow, acquired by the New York Jets during the off-season, is being overlooked again.
Jets coach Rex Ryan has named third-string quarterback Greg McElroy the team’s starter for their game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Tebow will request to be traded or released at the end of the season if McElroy starts the last two Jets games. According to Yahoo! Sports, Tebow has played in only 11 games this season, missing three games with broken ribs. He has completed 6 of 8 passes for 39 yards, and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.
Ryan didn’t exactly clear up the matter with his “explanation” for his choice.
"I can answer this question a million ways -- frontward, backward, sideways, anything else," Ryan said on Tuesday, according to wabc. "It's my decision and I based it on a gut feeling or whatever. I believe it's the best decision for our team. That's the only factor that goes into these decisions."
Jets quarterback starter for the first 14 games, Mark Sanchez, threw four interceptions in Monday night's 14-10 loss to Tennessee that officially eliminated the team from the playoffs. Sanchez leads the league with 24 turnovers, and has had an NFL-high of 50 in the past two seasons.
According to NBC Sports, Tebow chose the Jets as a trade destination over the Jacksonville Jaguars because he believed that Jets coach Rex Ryan fully intended to give him playing time. The only solid support for Tebow in Jacksonville was from owner Shahid Khan.
Speaking about Tebow, Ryan said, according to an Associated Press report in The Seattle Times, "I have to look at what I think is the best for the team and not necessarily the individual. I'll say this about Tim and I've always said it: I know he wants to help this team be successful in the worst way.”
The Jets have pretty much tried all of the worst ways so far.