Former New England Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi may want Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to simmer down, but that doesn’t appear likely to happen any time soon.
Earlier this week on ESPN’s “NFL 32,” Bruschi told Tebow to “Stop talking to the media so much” and that he only wanted to hear from quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Jets starter.
Since being traded to New York in mid-March, Tebow has been the most visible player on the Jets’ roster even as the coaching staff has consistently said he’s the team’s backup quarterback.
True to form, Tebow chose not to weigh in on Bruschi’s comments, instead taking the high road on Wednesday.
“To be honest, I just do what I’m told. I’m told on this day to talk to you so I’m going to talk to you. And to be honest, I just go about it however the Jets set it up — the rules that they want us to follow, who they want us to talk to, who they don’t want us to talk to,” Tebow said. “I don’t get paid enough to make all those decisions. I just do what I’m told and try to do the best I can.”
By contract, Tebow is required to regularly be available to the media for comments and since his arrival at the Jets he has generally spoken at least once a week during OTAs — most recently on Wednesday.
During this week of minicamp, Sanchez spoke to the media on Wednesday — the same day as Tebow — and backups Greg McElroy and Matt Simms both fulfilled interview requests at their lockers.
“I don’t know that I’m out there talking,” Tebow said. “I’m here talking to ya’ll because that’s what they want. “So that’s something that you’d figure that Bruschi would understand though — just that I just do whatever I’m asked to do.”
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