Rex Ryan predictably spent the better part of his Tuesday morning pre-minicamp press conference discussing Tim Tebow, who was just signed by the rival Patriots. “I have a funny feeling there’s going to be more questions about former players than there are current players,” Ryan said before fielding a flood of questions about his former third-string quarterback/personal punt protector. “It’s not a surprise to me that Tim would be picked up,” Ryan said. “Obviously, as I’ve said before, (he’s) a tremendous young man. Very competitive. I’m happy for him and look forward to competing against him.” Ryan said that he wasn’t overly concerned about how the Jets would be perceived if Tebow found success in New England after his failed one-year experiment in New York. “No… I’m not worried about anything really,” Ryan said. “Like I said, I’m happy for the young man to get another opportunity in the league… It didn’t’ work out here. Obviously Tim had more success in Denver than he did here. So, it is what it is.” But isn’t Ryan the least bit curious about how his division rivals will use Tebow? “Not really,” Ryan said. “If they want to replace Brady with him, that’s fine.” Ryan wasn’t willing to offer Belichick any advice on how to handle TebowMania, either. "Oh please. He's not going to listen to me... and he shouldn't,” Ryan said of the Patriots head coach. “He'll do what he does." Last year Ryan, of course, regularly talked about how Tebow’s mere presence would add another wrinkle for opposing defensive coordinators to deal with each week. He thinks that dimension has been somewhat diluted by the emergence of other mobile quarterbacks around the league. “Now I think the whole league is game-planning for running quarterbacks, if you will,” Ryan said. “So that’s something that we’ve been doing during the course of the year. I think Geno Smith could be that guy that could do it. Many teams are having those type of quarterbacks now.”
Jets head coach Rex Ryan on Patriots signing Tim Tebow: 'If they want to replace Brady with him, that’s fine.'
New York Daily News | Jun 11