Multiple reports say Tebow has made over 50 phone calls, during which he asks how the Bears are doing before saying, "Oh that's cool, I'm good too. You know, I was just doing some push-ups to keep my arms nice and strong. I can throw a football real far still. You know, if that's something you might be interested in."
Shortly after throwing an interception in the waning minutes of Sunday's 22-16 loss to the New York Giants, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was seen just outside the locker room, smashing the shoulder he injured in that final play in the hopes of being forced out of the lineup with a season-ending injury.
"I thought we were bad. Then I saw some of the Bears-Bucs highlights, and I thought, maybe 0-16 isn't so terrible after all," he said. "At least the Browns know they're not a good team. It's like, hey, we get it. We suck. But Chicago actually went into Tampa Bay confident? And then laid that turd? Wow. Talk about embarrassing."
"Are we tanking the season? Of course not. I mean that would almost make too much sense," he said. "What we want to do is win a couple meaningless games here in the middle and end of the year. That way, we can have our choice of the 2nd or 3rd QB or RB...or a guard."
While acknowledging the lack of a loss came primarily because the team did not get a chance to play a game, Franklin told reporters that "it's a step in the right direction" and that the team is going to "really give it their all next week, I can feel it."