New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) leaves the field at the end of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots
FLORHAM PARK, N.J (USATODAY.com) - Tim Tebow didn't do much smiling, and the only New York Jets quarterback who used the word "excited" was Greg McElroy, who will get the start over Tebow and Mark Sanchez on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
There was one moment Tebow laughed in his session with news reporters Wednesday, and it came after he was asked if he tried to extend a brief conversation with coach Rex Ryan in an attempt to persuade Ryan to give him a shot.
"You're just not going to change their mind," Tebow said after his chuckle.
Tebow has been trying to change minds for years, from his days as an unconventional college quarterback at Florida to his attempt to shorten his throwing motion before the 2010 NFL draft to the way he found ways to win games with the Denver Broncos to his arrival at the Jets facility in March.
And now, after he was passed over by Ryan, he'll have to prove it all again, perhaps for his next employer. Tebow said he hadn't asked for a trade but wouldn't say that scenario wasn't coming. He simply deferred all questions on the matter until the season is over.
It surely can't end soon enough, because this season - Tebow has attempted all of eight passes - has done nothing to convince his detractors he can throw the ball well enough to be an NFL quarterback.
A high-ranking NFL personnel evaluator, who spoke on condition of anonymity to share his scouting report, said: "(Tebow) attempts to play quarterback despite poor footwork, throwing platforms, release, timing, efficiency, progression, reads, anticipation, arm strength, accuracy and any other position-specific category you can think of.
"God bless him for trying," the personnel man said, "but I wouldn't touch him and would pass on the Jacksonville (Jaguars) job if it forced me to take him."
At this point, the Jaguars appear to be Tebow's best option south of the Canadian Football League. The Jaguars wanted him in the spring, but he chose the Jets.
It was not a wise decision. The Jets had no clear idea how to use Tebow most effectively. Even Ryan admitted Wednesday that he had a vision of using Tebow in different ways. "I thought maybe we would use him in other ways or something, but we haven't run a whole lot of those plays and things," he said.
Now it seems Tebow was only in uniform to run Wildcat plays and serve as a punt protector while McElroy was inactive.
Tebow still thinks he can be an NFL starting quarterback, and he ultimately might seek that chance. He said he hadn't asked for a trade - at least not yet.