The New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow insisted Wednesday that he never asked out of running wildcat plays last week, but acknowledged what he said to coach Rex Ryan may have been misinterpreted as such.
"I never said, 'Hey, I don't do anything or I won't do anything,'" Tebow said. "That wasn't the talk at all. He knows that and everybody on this team knows that. ...
"It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback."
Ryan chose to go with third-stringer Greg McElroy over Tebow in place of the benched Mark Sanchez for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. After hearing the news, Tebow went to Ryan to discuss the situation. "I was definitely disappointed and frustrated," Tebow said.
Tebow never played in the Jets' 27-17 loss to the Chargers, as wide receiver Jeremy Kerley handled the majority of snaps in the wildcat package."
Giants: Tom Coughlin spoke of restoring Giants pride when he took over an underachieving team in 2004. It was his message again Wednesday.
"Whatever it is, the football has not been what we expected it to be," Coughlin said. "... Play the game the way we're capable of playing the game. Finish this season with a game we can all be proud of."
The Giants (8-7) need to win Sunday, have Minnesota and Chicago lose and have Robert Griffin III and Washington either beat or tie the Dallas Cowboys.
Vikings: One more game in Adrian Peterson's remarkable comeback season, and the only thing that remains on the line is everything.
A win against the rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday would put his Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season. The milestones of 2,000 yards and Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record are there to be had as well, along with a potential MVP award that would cement his standing among the league's great players.
"It's such a big game when you look at everything that can be accomplished," Peterson said Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to it, man. Most importantly, getting into the playoffs, securing that with a win against Green Bay."
Colts: Coach Chuck Pagano beat the traffic and the blizzard Wednesday morning. Now all he wants to do is beat the Texans.
After spending the last three months battling leukemia, Pagano wasn't going to let the snowiest day of the year slow down this week's work schedule. "They're going to roll the ball out there, and our job is to win a ballgame and that's what we're going to do."
Raiders: Raiders quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor shared reps in practice on Wednesday. However, coach Dennis Allen did not select a starter for Sunday's game in San Diego. Both played in last week's loss to Carolina when Carson Palmer went out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung after being hit from behind by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.
Browns: With both quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy missing practice Wednesday with right shoulder injuries, Thad Lewis took first-team snaps during Cleveland's workout. Rookie running back Trent Richardson remained out with a sprained left ankle.