Contrary to reports, quarterback Tim Tebow says he didn't ask New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan not to use him in the wildcat offense on Sunday.
However, he does say it was possible that Ryan misunderstood what he was saying.
Tebow said Wednesday that he told Ryan last week that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn't going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez and that he told Ryan he wanted to be the “regular quarterback.”
Tebow says, looking back, he can understand that Ryan may have taken that to mean he wanted to only play regular quarterback and not be a part of any other offense.
"I never said, 'Hey, I don’t want to do anything. I won’t do anything,' " Tebow told the New York Daily News. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not to 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.”
“You work your whole life to build a reputation. Then people try to bring you down when they don’t understand even what happened. It’s disappointing. You just want to express your side of the story.... You want people to look at what really happened, not what one person said.”