Re: The Jets......(A thread of laughs!)
posted at 6/11/2013 12:58 PM EDT
Rex: Tebow the Patriots' project now
Updated: June 11, 2013, 12:49 PM ET By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who predicted last year that Tim Tebowwould be a headache for opposing defenses, didn't sound at all concerned Tuesday about the prospect of facing his former player now that he's a member of the New England Patriots.
"I'm not worried about anything, really," Ryan said at the start of his team's minicamp. "I'm happy for the young man to get another opportunity in the league. It didn't work out here. Obviously, he had more success in Denver than he did here. It is what it is."
Asked if he's curious to see how Patriots coach Bill Belichick deploys Tebow, Ryan shrugged and said "no."
"If they want to replace [Tom] Brady with him," Ryan deadpanned, "that's fine."
Nearly two months after he left the franchise, Tebow remains a hot topic around the Jets, who cut the polarizing quarterback in late April after one ill-fated season in New York.
For 10 months, Ryan was peppered with questions about Tebow and his role -- or non-role -- with the Jets. That didn't change Tuesday. The coach saw it coming, ending his opening statement by saying, "I have a funny feeling there will be more questions about former players than current players."
He was right. Such is the fascination with Tebow.
"It's not a surprise to me that Tim would be picked up," Ryan said. "As I've said before, he's a tremendous young man. Very competitive. I'm happy for him. I look forward to competing against him."
Ryan noted that the Jets will be facing several former players and coaches in the AFC East. He mentioned tight end Dustin Keller (Miami Dolphins) and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (Buffalo Bills). He's not a division foe, but cornerback Darrelle Revis (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) could've been added to the list.
In fact, the Jets face Revis in Week 1, followed by Tebow in Week 2. But, of course, Tebow is different because ... well, he's Tebow.
A year ago, Ryan bragged about how Tebow would be a dynamic weapon in the Jets' offense, and how the rest of the league would have to make special plans when he's on the field.
Now the Jets could be one of those teams. This time, Ryan downplayed that factor, claiming the league has adjusted to running quarterbacks because of the success last year of the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, the Seahawks' Russell Wilson and the Redskins' Robert Griffin III.
Unlike the Jets, who hyped Tebow as a Wildcat quarterback, the Patriots claim he will be used only as a conventional quarterback. Ryan said it doesn't matter where they play him.
"We'll be ready to face [Tebow]," Ryan said. "We'll be ready to face [Rob] Gronkowski and [Aaron] Hernandez, too. We'll be prepared to face Russ Francis if he comes back."
At least Ryan no longer must deal with the media circus that followed Tebow. It packed its tents and traveled up to Foxborough, Mass. Ryan said he has no advice for Belichick on how to handle the media swarm.
"He's not going to listen to me and he shouldn't," Ryan said. "He'll do what he does."