We heard from Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and Tim Tebow on Wednesday night about the trade that brought Tebow to New York, but we had to wait until Thursday to hear from Rex Ryan.
Ryan, who got “Tebowed” at a Baton Rouge restaurant Wednesday night, was at LSU’s Pro Day on Thursday, but he took some time out from watching the proceedings to share some thoughts about the newest member of his teams. He waved off concerns about Tebow creating any problems in the locker room, saying that “he’ll fit right in with the guys we have” and said that he thinks the Jets are fortunate to have two quarterbacks with playoff wins under their belt in Tebow and Mark Sanchez. He also reiterated the party line about which of those quarterbacks will be in the starting lineup.
“Mark’s a great competitor,” Ryan said to Larry Holder of CBSSports.com. “I know that about Mark. Mark is our starting quarterback. There’s no doubt about it. Will we have some things for Tebow each week? Absolutely.”
We’ve heard a little hedging on how secure Sanchez’s hold on the job might be from Tannenbaum already, but Ryan offered no details about the exact role he sees Tebow playing on the Jets offense. If that role doesn’t lead to a more successful Jets offense, both Ryan and Tannenbaum will be feeling some heat come the end of next season.