Will Jets' Tebow lose his patience?
Jets quarterback Tim Tebow carries the ball against the Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sept. 9, 2012. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)
The New York Jets organization hates being referred to as a circus, but the Barnum and Bailey of the NFL they shall remain as long as Tim Tebow and Rex Ryan are part of the fold.
Controversy and provocative news stories are going to be a fact of life for the Jets.
The New York Daily News reported on Thursday, quoting an NFL source, that though Tebow will be "a good soldier," this season, if he hasn't supplanted Mark Sanchez as starting quarterback when the Jets are eliminated, "at the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on. The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he's football-aholic. It's in his blood."
The source believes Tebow will demand a trade because he isn't ready to admit that he isn't an NFL starting quarterback.
"Absolutely he will talk to the Jets or we will have misevaluated his competitive nature," the source said.
"There comes a point, where (players) get it and realize this is who I am and just accept that role. Tebow is not there yet."
So, he won't disrupt the team during the season, but once the Jets are eliminated all bets are off?
Seems plausible, but keep in mind this is speculation from one source simply expressing his opinion.
The problem is, articles like this are going to continue to pop up every month or two and every time they do, the team will have to answer questions about it and the focus will be taken off of whatever big game is happening that week.
Which is basically what Tebow is hoping to avoid.
The Jets surely saw this coming. That they still went forward with acquiring Tebow indicates they believe in him.
To what degree, we'll all find out as the season progresses.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, according to ESPN.
Vilma had originally been slated to meet with Goodell about his bounty-related suspension a day later.
The other three suspended, unsuspended and soon-to-be suspended again players will still meet on Tuesday with Goodell.
All of the players are expected to be suspended again for their alleged roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty-gate scandal.
As expected, Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback for Arizona on Sunday against New England.
Though John Skelton's ankle injury isn't as severe as first expected, he is hobbled and Kolb played well in emergency relief last week.
It will be Kolb's first start since Dec. 11.
Kolb directed Arizona to only one touchdown on 13 drives in the pre-season, but took only one drive in Week 1 to equal that mark.
San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer had surgery on his right thumb on Tuesday but will play this week against Tennessee. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews went through a full practice for the first time in five weeks and also could play . Philadelphia could be missing wide receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip) on Sunday against Baltimore . Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison will play on Sunday against the New York Jets, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to practice following the shooting death of his brother . Carolina running back James Stewart returned to practice on Wednesday and hopes to play on Sunday against New Orleans . Out for nearly a year, Kenny Britt is expected to see limited action this week . St. Louis has brought back quarterback Kellen Clemens as insurance behind Sam Bradford . Dallas has re-signed defensive end Sean Lissemore to a three-year contract extension, according to ESPNDallas.com.
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
Washington's offensive line helped Robert Griffin III earn offensive player of the week recognition last week.
Andrew Luck's line didn't provide the same assistance.
Now, Indianapolis wants that to change and wants to make sure Luck doesn't get battered as the season goes on.
He was sacked three times by Chicago on Sunday and hit various other times and now, the Colts have to face Minnesota and reigning sack leader Jared Allen.
"Every play matters," right guard Mike McGlynn told the media on Wednesday.
"You can't have four guys playing and one guy messing up. You have to have five playing together."
The Indy O-line was playing for the first time as a unit last Sunday and plans to be much-improved, despite the challenges Minnesota presents.
"It will be a lot different this week," promised guard Samson Satele.
The Colts have been weakened by the loss of left guard Joe Reitz, who won't play this weekend and have added ex-Steeler Trai Essex.
Head coach Chuck Pagano refuses to use unfamiliarity as a crutch.
"There are a bunch of new guys in there. They are learning the new system. We make no excuses. They'd be the first to tell you that they're going to play better," Pagano said.
NATE KNOWS GREAT
Nate Burleson is one lucky man.
For most of his NFL career - six of 10 seasons - he's had a future hall of famer alongside him to absorb most of the pressure.
First Randy Moss and now Calvin Johnson.
Burleson finds it difficult to choose between the two, but went with the politically correct answer this week.
"When I was playing with Randy I thought to myself, 'I will never play with another receiver like this. He's the best I've ever seen,' " Burleson told the Detroit Free Press.
"And now that I'm playing with Calvin I say, 'I'll never play with another receiver like this. He's the best I've ever seen.'
"Who was better? My opinion, whew, I'm going to have to go with my guy that I'm playing with now. Calvin, he's an absolute monster, he's a freak of nature. But they're both going to go down in history as the biggest threats of all-time."
Moss has rejuvenated his career so far in San Francisco after looking done and continues to chase the records of Jerry Rice.
One day, Johnson might be the guy just behind Rice.
Johnson returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session because of a sore foot.
OHER RIGHT AT HOME
The most famous protector of the blind side will continue to protect Joe Flacco's blind side.
Michael Oher, who had a book and movie made about his incredible life story, will be Baltimore's starting left tackle for the foreseeable future, according to NFL.com.
Bryant McKinnie was supposed to do the job, as he did last year when Oher moved back to right tackle, but Flacco sizzled in Week 1 and the Ravens will keep things status quo.
Oher has started at left tackle in the past, but has more NFL experience at right tackle.
McKinnie took a pay cut to stay in Baltimore, but thought he'd be sticking around as a starter.
The surprising play of rookie Kelechi Osemele on the right side has allowed the Ravens to go with Oher, who is better-equipped to play in a no-huddle offence than McKinnie, who has had issues staying in shape.
According to the report, an injury to Osemele would force the team to move Oher to his position and bring back McKinnie, but until then, the team prefers this setup.
Few teams need Tamba Hali as much as the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lucky for them, Hali will make his season debut this Sunday after sitting out a game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
The Chiefs have shown zero ability to get sacks or pressure quarterbacks over the past two seasons, unless Hali is the one doing the pressuring.
He has compiled 26.5 sacks over the past two seasons.
Last week, Atlanta lit up the Hali-less Chiefs, who gifted him with all kinds of time to find open receivers.
Buffalo's offence is far less dangerous than Atlanta's and the Bills are well aware of how Hali enhances things for Kansas City.
"Being able to have such a dynamic pass-rusher out there, it really helps," said Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"I know that there's always going to be issues with him in terms of us having to protect against him and know where he is on every snap. I think that changes the defence a lot."
Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson called Hali "our best player on defence."
The Pro Bowler has proven that. Now he'll try to get the Chiefs a rare early-season win.
Since 2000, Kansas City is tied with Cleveland at an NFL-worst 7-18 through the first two weeks of seasons, according to ESPN stats.