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Report: Tebow asked out of the Wildcat

Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow

Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow stand next to each other during the second half. (Dec. 23, 2012) Credit: AP

Publicly, Tim Tebow has said all the right things. But the backup quarterback's frustration has mounted behind closed doors.

According to an ESPNNewYork.com report -- which cited "multiple Jets sources" -- Tebow was so upset about being passed over for third-stringer Greg McElroy that he told coached he didn't want to be used in any Wildcat packages in Sunday's game against San Diego.

The report came out after Rex Ryan and Tebow talked to the media after their 27-17 loss to the Chargers (6-9).

The Jets coach said it was his decision to use Jeremy Kerley in the Wildcat -- and it worked for the most part. The slot receiver threw a 42-yard completion to Clyde Gates out of the formation, which set up their first touchdown. And they would have had another big Wildcat play, had right guard Brandon Moore not been called for an illegal formation penalty in the third quarter.

Though Rex Ryan went the unconventional route by dressing three quarterbacks, Tebow and Mark Sanchez never saw the field.

When asked who told him he wouldn't be playing in the Wildcat, Tebow replied: "It just kind of happens."

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