After the Jets' 49-19 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Patriots, Tebow told reporters he suffered two broken ribs in Week 10 against Seattle.I get the sense that part of the hesitation to deactivate him stems from the fact that the calls for Tebow have been getting louder and deactivating him, without the public's knowledge of the full extent of his injury, would have caused an uproar prior to the game. It's admirable that Tebow wanted to be there for his teammates but the fact of the matter is that was a dangerous stunt especially when you consider he got progressively worse during the week--even if he was practicing as the regular backup to Mark. If he had to come in for Sanchez, it would have been an immediate disaster because of the way he plays, running the ball and taking hits not to mention throwing which is a task of its own on a regular basis for him never mind trying to do it with broken ribs. And the violent hits taking place last night would have made an already bad situation worse.
"I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress," he said. "I just wanted to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation."
Rex Ryan said he considered deactivating Tebow for the game because his rib injury got progressively worse during the week. But Ryan ultimately chose not to include him among the seven Jets declared inactive. Nevertheless, he said he planned to use Tebow only "if we absolutely had to have him."
"I think as the week went on, it seemed to get progressively worse," Ryan said. "I wasn't going to put him out there -- he had practiced and things, but a couple of days ago, I was noticing him like, man, you could tell he was hurt. His breathing was a little different and I was standing there and thinking, 'Well, shoot, I'm not going to play this kid.' I wouldn't play my son if it was that kind of situation.
"But to Tim's credit, he wanted to be here for his team. There's no doubt. If you left it up to him, he was going to play. I was like, 'Look, if we absolutely have to have him to win a football game, then we may consider it.' To me, that would be the only way I was going to play Tim."
The point being is McElroy should have been active because if both Sanchez and Tebow were hurt, we'd have who knows who throwing passes. I know Rex wants to give his players every opportunity and respect their wishes but if Tebow is not physically able to effectively run a (spread) offense or punt protect, then he needs to be deactivated from here on, public perception be damned, because his being active is a detriment to the team.
Update: Juunit astutely pointed out the new CBA rules allow teams to insert their third stringer QB even if he's listed as inactive--that still does not take away from the point that Tebow had no business being active in the first place.