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Tebow bringing 'great attitude' to Jets workouts
Despite his uncertain future with the Jets, Tim Tebow said Friday that he plans to show up for voluntary workouts Monday with a "great attitude."
"I really try not to worry about what I can't control," the seldom-used quarterback said at his annual charity event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla, according to the Associated Press. "Just try to have the best attitude, have the best effort, a great work ethic, and so far this offseason has been a lot of fun. Been my best yet."
Tebow is one of five quarterbacks currently on the Jets roster -- but only Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy are expected to be in competition for the starting job this offseason. Tebow, on the other hand, is expected to be dealt or released before training camp.
Nevertheless, the former Heisman Trophy winner remains publicly unfazed by the trade speculation. Surprisingly, Tebow said he's had the "best" offseason of his NFL career.
Former Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said Tim Tebow’s still a “hero” in Jacksonville, but nevertheless, the team wasn’t too upset last offseason when the former Heisman Trophy winner was dealt to the Jets.
“Did we want him? There was a big discussion about that,” Mularkey said Friday on NBC Sports’ show “Pro Football Talk.”
But when asked point-blank if he, personally, wanted to acquire Tebow from Denver, Mularkey laughed instead of answering the question directly.
“We felt like if the trade did not go through, it was going to be OK,” the former head coach said later of Tebow. “We were going to find ways to get the ball to Tim, but we were going to go with (starting quarterback Blaine) Gabbert.”
Mularkey repeatedly said the media attention surrounding Tebow was a constant distraction that could potentially disrupt teams. “If Blaine would have failed early, the call would have been bring Tebow in,” he said. “And that’s not something you don't want for your football team – any kind of distraction.”
The ex-Jags coach also suggested the Jets cut Tebow loose sooner rather than later.
"The earlier they move him," he said, "it's best for everybody."