Rex Ryan: I don’t care how the New England Patriots use Tim Tebow
Rex Ryan was asked almost as many questions about Tim Tebow as Bill Belichick was at his press conference on Tuesday, and the New York Jets coach answered more of them. In many ways, both coaches acted exactly like you would expect them to. Belichick was his usual cranky self while Ryan offered more insight and cracked a few jokes.
Ryan’s overall message, however, was clear. When asked if he was curious about how the New England Patriots might use Tebow, Ryan simply told reporters “no.” He then tried to lighten the mood with a wise crack.
“If they want to replace [Tom] Brady with him, that’s fine,” he joked.
The Patriots face the Jets in Week 2, and fans have already been speculating that Belichick will find a way to get Tebow into the end zone just to stick it to his rivals. Considering he signed a contract that will pay him no guaranteed money, Tebow has to worry about making the team first.
“I’m not worried about anything, really,” Ryan continued. “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. … It’s not a surprise to me that Tim would be picked up. I look forward to competing against him.”
Rex was also asked if he had any advice for Belichick on how to handle the media swarm that follows Tebow, and he said Belichick shouldn’t listen to him even if he did. Ryan has reason to believe converting Tebow to another position won’t work, so he probably isn’t concerned if the Patriots plan to do that. At this point, he has no reason to worry. That doesn’t mean the questions are going to stop.