NEW YORK -- Rex Ryan acknowledges that Tim Tebow was "disappointed" the New York Jets coach chose Greg McElroy over him to start for the benched Mark Sanchez, but says Tebow would have played in any role that was asked of him - including the wildcat.
A person familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press on Monday that Tebow asked out of his wildcat offense duties last week after hearing that McElroy, the third-stringer, would get his first NFL start over Tebow, listed as the No. 2 quarterback.
Another person, also familiar with the situation, adds that wildcat plays involving wide receiver Jeremy Kerley instead of Tebow were added before practice last Wednesday.
Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the Jets do not disclose personnel discussions. ESPN New York first reported that Tebow opted out of running wildcat plays.