There's a report that Tim Tebow, teammate extraordinare and all-around great guy, asked out of his Wildcat responsibilities because he felt betrayed. On the absolute simplest level, he put his own feelings and issues in front of the team's goals and successes. Now, I'd argue that he did the team a favor by letting Kerley run a more successful version of the Wildcat, but ultimately, with the information we've been given, he's acting petulantly and in a way completely different than the attitude we've been spoon-fed by the media. Watch what happens next.
We'll enjoy segments on Tebow, like always. However, the segments will feature at least one pundit who's willing to give Tebow a benefit of the doubt that very few, if any, other athletes will get. Tebow is big business for the sports media, and they've sold the story of Tebow as the greatest teammate ever. He has not acted as such, but he will be supported and defended by these media personalities because of their investment in him. They have none in Rex, so he'll be tossed aside and blamed for "lying to Tim," for "leading him on," and for creating this situation that left him no choice.
You should not fall for this. You should look at the situation and realize that Tebow is merely another football player who wants to play and get paid, not some superlative superhuman who graces us all with humility and greatness.
My support for this? Look at Mark Sanchez. He has played abysmally this year. He's cost the Jets their record and their cap future. However, he has been nothing but loyal, nothing but a great teammate and supportive of the organization as as a whole. The Jets went and acquired the most popular back-up QB of all time- after flirting with Peyton Manning- to undermine Sanchez's stability as starter with at least the fans, if not the organization. And yet, Sanchez has said nothing.
Imagine the reaction we'd have today if the report indicated Sanchez threw a fit in the locker room. Imagine if Sanchez acted like Tebow has reportedly acted. We would never hear the end of how he's a spoiled first round QB who hasn't faced adversity, your paint-by-the-numbers pundit idiocy that pops up all the time. Yet, the other first round QB on the team, the one who has just now been publicly revealed to put himself before the team? He'll get a pass, because the media can't burn their investment.