Merril Hoge calls Tim Tebow 'phony'

The fallout from the Tim Tebow-Wildcat saga continues.

There is plenty of debate after Tebow reportedly asked Jets coaches not to play in the Wildcat package last week. Tebow filled that role all season but was upset after being bypassed by third-string quarterback Greg McElroy.

ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge, who has long been one of Tebow's harshest critics, called Tebow a "phony" after this latest episode. Tebow is praised for his character and work ethic and this doesn't match his sterling reputation.

"To me it smells like three-day old fish. I think he's as phony as a three-dollar bill," Hoge said on ESPN's SportsCenter. "All of a sudden now it's unacceptable? All of a sudden now I want to play quarterback and I don't want to play the Wildcat? There shouldn't even be this story. ... I think this shows really what he's about."

It's an interesting perspective by Hoge. The AFC East blog presented this question earlier Monday: Did Tebow quit on the Jets or did the Jets quit on Tebow?

New York deceived Tebow this year by making him believe he was the No. 2 quarterback. When starter Mark Sanchez went down, Tebow was ignored by the team.

But at the same time, Tebow could have handled the situation better and maintained his role on the team. All in all, it is time for the Jets to end this Tebow experiment.