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Rex on Tebow: There are prettier passers, but he’s a competitor

Broncos' Tebow celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown during the second half of their NFL football game against the Dolphins in Miami Reuters

Jets coach Rex Ryan is preparing to face Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow on Thursday night, and Ryan says he’s admired Tebow since he was in college.

“I thought he was a great competitor and he is a winner, and that’s what he’s showing right now,” Ryan said, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff. “Are there prettier passers than him? Yeah, absolutely. But again, [we] just [have to] try to find a way to beat him.”

Yes, I think it’s safe to say there are prettier passers than Tebow, who has yet to complete even 50 percent of his passes in any game this year.

Asked how the Jets will transition from preparing for Tom Brady and the Patriots last week to Tebow and the Broncos this week, Ryan said it couldn’t be more different.

“It’s totally different,” Ryan said. “[The Broncos] ran 55 [times], they had 55 runs and eight passes. But each week it’s different. Sometimes they spread you out and then they’ll run it, they’ll do a lot of creative things. So it’s definitely [a challenge], in this short a time, we’ve got our hands full.”

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45 Responses to “Rex on Tebow: There are prettier passers, but he’s a competitor”
  1. xstaticonradio says: Nov 15, 2011 7:28 AM

    “and while he may not throw a pretty pass, he does have very pretty footwork.” Ryan added

  2. akulabug says: Nov 15, 2011 7:28 AM

    I think this is the game that Tebow gets hurt. And not just a little. And I’m no Jets fan.

  3. pastabelly says: Nov 15, 2011 7:31 AM

    Every coach will struggle to say nice things about the train wreck known as Tebow. We will hear the word “winner” used a lot in the weeks to come.

  4. duanethomas says: Nov 15, 2011 7:40 AM

    Tebow is going to beat the Jets from the pocket this week. He is the chosen One, and this shall be his coming out party. Broncos 66 Jets 6.

  5. bcgreg says: Nov 15, 2011 7:42 AM

    Rex be learnin’. Now, let’s get a snack!

  6. tebowsgonnagitya says: Nov 15, 2011 7:54 AM

    Tebow responded “Rex isn’t much of a coach, but he sure is prolific on youtube.”

  7. raiders4life says: Nov 15, 2011 7:55 AM

    Rex really enjoys what Tebow does with his FEET as opposed to his arm.

  8. jpb12 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:10 AM

    Rex: “Broncos D doesn’t have guys like Jeff Tarpinian, Sterling Moore and Tracy White.”

    “But Tebow has great feet”

  9. garyman1 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:11 AM

    It’s a statistical FACT… Tim Tebow has a better lifetime win percentage in the NFL than Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

    Ok, perhaps I may be “reaching” a little too much today.

  10. canetic says: Nov 15, 2011 8:15 AM

    I can’t stand the Jets, but they are going to annihilate the Broncos. They will put eight men in the box to stop whatever running game the Broncos want to try and muster. As long as Sanchez doesn’t keep completing passes to the Broncos this shouldn’t even be close. Of course, I won’t be able to watch it because I have Time Warner…

  11. nathanbetz91 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:19 AM

    tebow sucks all he’s got going for him is his scrambling ability, take that away and you’ve got nothing. just look at his throws he made Sunday a few didn’t even make it to the receiver, they hit the ground short.

  12. crashdog says: Nov 15, 2011 8:26 AM

    You Tebow haters are hilarious. Now that he is winning, you attack anything you can. Let’s attack his religious beliefs! YAY. It’s not pretty. The kid has a lot of work ahead of him. His mechanics are flawed. BUT. The Broncos are 3-1 with him at the helm. Credit to John Fox for designing an offensive scheme that allows the Broncos to be competitive while he gets game experience, learns and improves. The Broncos probably won’t beat the Jets, but what if they do? Then what will you say?

  13. test2402 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:27 AM

    Big Tim Tebow is bringing it all out this week. Big feet, small feet, fast feet, nimble feet. Tebow will be on his toes putting the jets on their heels. Hey Rex, is that a pencil in your pocket?

  14. thejabronisayz says: Nov 15, 2011 8:30 AM

    Yet when a fan said that Tebow was better than Sanchez, Rex replied: “Shut the f*** up.”

  15. snaponrules says: Nov 15, 2011 8:30 AM

    I can’t wait for this game. I think the Jets will be like the lions and make tebust throw the ball. Which is almost comical to watch. Almost as funny as the last game watching the quifs drop people into coverage. Everybody in America knew that tebust wasn’t going to throw the ball. Well everybody except the chiefs who would be in a nickel package.

  16. youbi06 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:34 AM

    Is Rex Ryan being humble???

  17. broncfolife says: Nov 15, 2011 8:34 AM

    “Jets, they are going to annihilate the Broncos”
    ————–
    That’s what you said about the Raiders. That what you said about the Chargers….
    Getting kinda old. Get some new material.

    Try this…
    Von Miller takes out another qb for the 2nd week in a row. Now thats interesting….

  18. southpaw2k says: Nov 15, 2011 8:37 AM

    This game is just as much a trap game for the Jets as the Seattle game was for the Ravens. And the Jets will fall for the trap just as the Ravens did.

  19. orangeflh says: Nov 15, 2011 8:39 AM

    We used to have a guy in Green Bay with bad mechanics and some scrambling ability. He ended up doing alright for himself.

    I’m not saying that Tebow will be the next Favre, but don’t count him out just yet.

    If nothing else, he seems to be a LOT better human being than BrInt.

  20. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 15, 2011 8:51 AM

    There have been plenty of “pretty passers” that haven’t made in in the NFL(or college for that matter). It’s not about being a “passer” it’s about being a Quarterback. They are two different things. Give me a quarterback over a passer any day of the week, especially on Sunday.

  21. kev86 says: Nov 15, 2011 8:52 AM

    REX MUST GO

  22. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Nov 15, 2011 8:57 AM

    I’d rather have Tebow as my quarterback than Mark Sanchez.

  23. kev86 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:07 AM

    The Jets were fortunate to get help from the zebras and score 14 4th qtr pts against the broncos last year to win 24-20. Tebow had a rushing TD early. This game could be interesting considering how defalted the jetsies must be after a big prime time choke against the pats at home.

    And if Sanchez couldnt carve up the depleted Pats secondary why should we be sure he goes out to Denver and plays well against the Broncos?

  24. tebowsuxass says: Nov 15, 2011 9:13 AM

    Tim Tebow is the most annoying human being alive, this includes Warren sapp….

  25. fergenator says: Nov 15, 2011 9:23 AM

    Every week that TT plays and gains experience will slow down the speed of the game and he will become more and more comfortable in making better reads and throws. The guy just has the IT factor and hopefully he is allowed to improve. For now the Broncos are just enjoying the wins.

  26. kev86 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:24 AM

    Will Revis get caught out of position again this week? Watching Ocho Cinco run by him on Sunday night should eliminate him from any defensive player of the year discussion. Rex was floundering around the sidelines when the pats picked up the tempo like he was caught completely off guard too. Same Old Jets.

  27. cshearing says: Nov 15, 2011 9:25 AM

    Yeah, yeah, Tebow’s “awesome”. We’ll see how many wins he can get in his career by throwing 2 completions.

  28. CKL says: Nov 15, 2011 9:35 AM

    youbi06 says:
    Nov 15, 2011 8:34 AM
    Is Rex Ryan being humble???
    ________________________________
    I’m a Pats fan but I usually stick up for Rex so here goes. He’s not “humble” per se but like with Belichick, he is misunderstood at times (in RR’s case, because of his blustery macho persona).
    Sometimes people pay too much attention to the way RR expresses himself, and not enough to the actual content of what he is saying.

  29. acanniv says: Nov 15, 2011 9:35 AM

    The best part about everyone talking about Tebow is that it is diverting from the fact that the Broncos defense is improving substantially. Von Miller is an absolute beast. Sanchez should be very afraid.

  30. denverdave3 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:39 AM

    “There have been plenty of “pretty passers” that haven’t made in in the NFL(or college for that matter). It’s not about being a “passer” it’s about being a Quarterback. They are two different things. Give me a quarterback over a passer any day of the week, especially on Sunday.”

    I love you man. You get it.

    That is exactly what made Elway so good. His completion percentage was substandard but there was other stuff to replace those few off-target passes. When it came to crunch time his team always worked their butts off because they knew he would never give up.

  31. hatesycophants says: Nov 15, 2011 9:52 AM

    There is a stunning level of idiocy and delusion in here.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  32. scytherius says: Nov 15, 2011 9:52 AM

    Well, it’s like this …. I’m one hell of a competitor but you sure don’t want me to QB your team.

  33. jkiddrock619 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:53 AM

    On a short week, after being humiliated by the Patriots the Jets will lose on the road. Trap game because the Jets think they are great but suck.

    Tebow hasn’t thrown any picks, is 3-1, and won the last game on a beautiful 65 yd bomb.

    Jets fans wish Mark Sanchez could throw a baseball that far.

    Tebow is proving people wrong every week.

    Scoreboard.

  34. Broncofanatic7 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:06 AM

    Sanchez is going to get pressured like no other in this one. He’s going to make a lot of mistakes.
    People saying “just put 8 in the box” against Tebow…. You must not actually watch the games.
    The Raiders and the Chiefs both put 8, sometimes 9 guys in the box and still we have averaged 272 rushing yards in those two games. So that’s not going to work. For those saying “he can’t throw”… he threw a 56 yard perfect bomb to Decker on Sunday. Yeah he was 2 for 8, but 3 of those 8 were long bombs (low percentage plays), 3 of them were dropped (hit the recievers hands). So what if he was 5/8? Would everyone be shutting up then? Well… the Broncos scored 17 points on Sunday and Tebow accounted for 14 of them. 1 rushing, and 1 passing. Don’t look now, but if he gets more time to adapt to the game he could become one of the greatest double threats in the game. Broncos 28, Jets 10.

  35. Broncofanatic7 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    Oh… and we ran the ball that much last week with our 3rd string RB Lance Ball….
    What if we threw 55 times and won? Would people still be talking about Tebow like this? What if we threw it 55 times and lost?
    Except we ran it 55 times… If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

  36. rameyag says: Nov 15, 2011 10:11 AM

    I’ve been watching professional football for over 50 years and I can’t ever recall any quarterback making only 2 completions over a full game in decent weather and his team still winning.

    Whether it is a miracle or luck, Mr. Tebow’s team is 3-1 in his last four starts and as ugly as he is as a quarterback, a win is a win.

    I don’t think Mr. Tebow will be in the NFL three years from now, but like a train wreck where everyone but the train escapes unharmed, he is entertaining to watch.

    Ironically, he’s so incredibly inaccurate as a passer that his INT total will always be fairly low because defenders are usually roughly in the area of the receiver and, consequently, for most of Mr. Tebow’s throws, neither one have any shot at catching it.

    I say, “Run Tim Run,” sort of like in Forrest Gump and I’ll be watching with a sly smile.

  37. bayoubauer says: Nov 15, 2011 10:46 AM

    It’s kind of refreshing to hear comments like this from Rex.

    That being said, if Tebow was a devout, practicing Muslim, who said “Allah be with you” instead of “God Bless”, after his interviews, his on field struggles would be a non story. Instead he would be lauded for his courage, resilience, fortitude, etc.

  38. freewayjim says: Nov 15, 2011 10:53 AM

    Honestly, if Tebow were QB of the Jets would they be any worse off?

  39. freewayjim says: Nov 15, 2011 10:56 AM

    tebowsuxass says:
    Nov 15, 2011 9:13 AM
    Tim Tebow is the most annoying human being alive, this includes Warren sapp….
    ————————————————-
    Really?

    Tebow just goes out and plays his butt off every week, Sapp runs his mouth with nothing worth hearing coming out of it.

    It’s OK if you don’t like Tebow but don’t be stupid about it.

  40. mmmpieyummy says: Nov 15, 2011 10:58 AM

    I don’t know what’s more annoying…the windbag Rex Ryan or the incessantly annoying and delusional Donkey fans that actually think that stupid spread-option offense will keep working week after week in the NFL.

    Donkey fan is by far the dumbest fan in America.

  41. azwildcats96 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:04 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Nov 15, 2011 7:31 AM
    Every coach will struggle to say nice things about the train wreck known as Tebow. We will hear the word “winner” used a lot in the weeks to come.
    —————————————————-
    Right… cuz being called a “winner” is such a horrible thing. I’m sure you know nothing about that.

  42. chocolatebaconbutter says: Nov 15, 2011 11:13 AM

    You hear all these people talking about how he might not be the best passer, but how he’s just a winner. You know, this is the same thing we say about fat ugly girls. “She has a nice personality.” Same thing.

  43. soumiss says: Nov 15, 2011 11:29 AM

    I remember a Quarterback many years ago that didn’t pass very well. But, Billy Kilmer still played very well in the NFL. Tim Tebow sort of reminds me of Billy. I still think that Tebow will be fine.

  44. usmutts says: Nov 15, 2011 12:02 PM

    Although I’m ambivalent about Tim Tebow, and wish him well, I sure hope he puts another clown suit on Rex Ryan the way Belicheck did.

  45. clamus68 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:36 PM

    For the person that said Tebow is like Elway and that Elway didn’t complete many passes is a moron. Elway had a career completion percentage over 60%, something Tebow will never accomplish. Elway also has more than 40000 passing yards. Tebow is NOTHING like Elway and never will be even in terms of Ws and Ls. Tebow is lucky that defenses are still catching up, but like the wildcat, when they do the success rates will plummet. He is a great human being, he is a below average QB. Who here thinks VY is a great QB? VY went 37-12 at one point in his career, does that mean he is a great qb? Nope.

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