Jets’ Tebow insists he never asked out of wildcat

New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow stand next to each other during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow stand next to each other during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow says he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week, but the New York Jets backup quarterback acknowledges that Rex Ryan may have misunderstood him.

Tebow says Wednesday that he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was ‘‘definitely disappointed’’ he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez and added that he told the coach he wanted to play ‘‘regular quarterback.’’

Tebow says he realized that Ryan might have misinterpreted his comments when he wasn’t in wildcat packages, and reiterated to the coach last Friday he would do anything the team asked of him.

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Tebow, who didn’t play in Sunday’s loss to San Diego, says what bothers him most is that his reputation and character were criticized.

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