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Rex Ryan: Tebow a perfect fit for Sparano’s creative offensive mind

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Jets head coach Rex Ryan met with reporters at the league meeting this morning, and as will often be the case this season, his backup quarterback was the primary subject of conversation.

Ryan suggested that Tim Tebow will be on the field more than any other backup quarterback in the NFL, calling him “perfect” for the Wildcat because he has both the skills of a quarterback and the size and power to be an inside runner. And Ryan said he’s excited about what offensive coordinator Tony Sparano can do with Tebow.

“I’m absolutely putting it out there,” Ryan said of Tebow being a player who could take 20 snaps a game in the Jets’ offense, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I think the Wildcat is alive and well.”

Ryan referred to Sparano as “one of the most creative guys I’ve been around” and described himself as “excited” — a word Tebow used dozens of times during his introductory press conference on Monday — about how Sparano can utilize Tebow’s skills.

Said Ryan, “Tim Tebow is a good football player. Mark Sanchez is a good quarterback.”

So what will it say to Sanchez if Tebow is taking 20 snaps a game in the Wildcat? Ryan says it will be fine.

“Mark will be OK with it if we win,” Ryan said.

The problem for Sanchez is that if the Jets win with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say it just shows Tebow should take every snap. And if the Jets lose with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say that just shows Tebow should take every snap, too.

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70 Responses to “Rex Ryan: Tebow a perfect fit for Sparano’s creative offensive mind”
  1. stevie59 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:39 AM

    Would Ryan and Tebow just go away. They are way overblown

  2. eaglesw00t says: Mar 27, 2012 7:41 AM

    When and where did Tebow buy QB skills?

  3. 6ball says: Mar 27, 2012 7:45 AM

    .

    Dude’s like a politician …..always trying to change the subject.

    Despite the addition off a second quarterback who can’t throw with accuracy, the Jets still are closer to 4-12 than 12-4.

    .

  4. dewman13 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:47 AM

    Ya Rexy, Tony has created 14 different formations to kick a field goal!!! LMAO! If he were such a genius he probably would still be a head coach?? He’s an O-line coach in WAY over his head!! Good luck with your new “high school” playbook! bwah ha ha ha ha!

  5. sj39 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:48 AM

    Tebow is a football player. And he wins. I love that it drives all his haters crazy.

  6. dumbasdirt says: Mar 27, 2012 7:49 AM

    The Patriots showed how to shut down Tebow twice this past season and the Pats defense was ranked 31st in the league last season!
    It is not going to work.

  7. finjim1020 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:49 AM

    From a Dolphins fan:

    BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!

    Sparano’s creative mind?????

    BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Wow, thanks! I needed that!

  8. 49erstim says: Mar 27, 2012 7:53 AM

    There is wayyyyyy too much fabricated Jets drama here. Can we make our way over to teams not named Jets (Tebow), Miami (we get it, they have bad management) and New Orleans (what are these bounties you speak of?). By my less than complicated math there are 29 other teams.

  9. hotpappyjohnson says: Mar 27, 2012 7:53 AM

    in other news; fans and reporters don’t control the depth chart and nothing that sex ryan says matters

  10. richkotitte says: Mar 27, 2012 7:55 AM

    20 snaps a game for Tebow!!

    This firmly entrenches Sanchez as the 31 st best ‘starting’ FF QB in the league, only in front of whomever the Fish put under center….

  11. lostsok says: Mar 27, 2012 7:57 AM

    “Ryan referred to Sparano as “one of the most creative guys I’ve been around” ”

    Seriously. What???

  12. richkotitte says: Mar 27, 2012 7:58 AM

    Time to cut ties with Sanchez in most keeper league AND redraft FF league formats…

  13. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 27, 2012 7:58 AM

    “Sparano’s creative offensive mind”… OMG- that’s an oxy-moron. This guy lives for field goals and fist pumps!

    Ground and pound is alive and well in nj. Too bad it’s 10 years too late.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 27, 2012 7:58 AM

    Can we reflect, for a moment, on the fact that Tony Sparano has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL?

    This season is going to be even more entertaining than last.

  15. yodelpoo says: Mar 27, 2012 7:59 AM

    When exactly did Sparano become this creative, outstanding offensive mind????

    The Wildcat is dead. Let it RIP.

  16. djteknision1200 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:00 AM

    When did Sparano receive a creative offensive mind?? All I remember The Dolphins doing was kicking field goals and always being at the bottom of the league offensively….and oh yeah…Those field goal fist pumps. Jets fan better get use to those.

  17. alkaline1968 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:02 AM

    Tim Tebow is Forrest Gump.

  18. faulkana says: Mar 27, 2012 8:03 AM

    “Sparano’s creative offensive mind”.
    That’s rich.
    This season can’t start soon enough.
    You can’t make this stuff up.

  19. drgfri says: Mar 27, 2012 8:03 AM

    Rex is “excited” and marvels at Spirano’s creative mind hunh……What a joke this whole Jets organization is. Take note people, this is what desperation looks like!

  20. dolphinsrule65 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:04 AM

    Sparano as “one of the most creative guys I’ve been around”….really?????
    Are you kidding us Rex? 4 years of field goals in Miami, and Sparano was NEVER,EVER an offensive cordinator. He was an Off line coach and then Miami’s Head coach. Most if not all of Miami’s offensive problems were created by Tony;s ultraconservative mind set. David Lee created the “wild cat” in Miami. But the funniest part is the Jets organization lamblasted it when it was used against them. Oh how we so quickly forgot who Sparano really is……Fist pump to that! Bills,Pats and Phins are all VERY well prepared for it,since it started in the division and all three teams practice it and prepare for it.Desperate Jets…..I believe was it not a Jets player who said, well if you take your QB out of the game, must mean you have no confidence in his ability to make plays and win.Tannebaum-Rex-=desperation!

  21. kwgator says: Mar 27, 2012 8:06 AM

    Hey Eaglewoot

    Tim Tebow has been winning games as a QB on every level from Pee-Wee to NFL. Deal with it, Tim Tebow is here to stay

    Give me a buzz when the drop back passing Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan win a Playoff Game

  22. dkrauss93 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:11 AM

    I’m a Jets fan and all of this Tebow drama is pissing me off. I knew when the Jets got him it would be crazy but it’s enough already. We get it, Tebow’s a Jet. I just want I focus on the NFL draft now then OTA’s and mini camp

  23. thedreamcomparison says: Mar 27, 2012 8:15 AM

    >>Ryan referred to Sparano as “one of the most creative guys I’ve been around”<<

    But…Tony Sparano…? Is this the same Tony Sparano that ran the most boring offense in history with the Dolphins? I'm confused.

    Good luck putting your eggs in the "Sparano & Wildcat" basket, idiots.

  24. paleandpasty says: Mar 27, 2012 8:15 AM

    Sparano’s creative offensive mind…….I almost spit out my breakfast.

  25. eagleswin says: Mar 27, 2012 8:15 AM

    The problem for Sanchez is that if the Jets win with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say it just shows Tebow should take every snap. And if the Jets lose with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say that just shows Tebow should take every snap, too.
    —————————

    That’s the problem with having Tim Tebow on your team. It doesn’t matter whether he performs on the field or not, the other QB will be hounded mercilessly.

    Every incomplete/INT of Sanchez’s will be scrutinized mercilessly. Every incomplete/INT of Tebow’s will be glossed over.

    I can’t think of the last time a 2 QB rotation worked for an extended period of time. The last one I can think of is McNabb/Vick and that did not turn out very well but at least Vick can throw in addition to running (still can’t read defenses very well or make decisions quickly).

    There’s really no way for Sanchez to win except by turning into Aaron Rodgers and the Jet’s don’t run that kind of offense.

  26. khuxford says: Mar 27, 2012 8:19 AM

    You know, I’m pretty sure that, if it would be seen as praise for his team and its chances, Rex would go on and on about how Tebow is such a wild and crazy guy.

  27. promickey says: Mar 27, 2012 8:22 AM

    Rex is selling season tickets again for the Jets. That’s why the owner loves him. That mouth keeps on selling no matter what!

  28. tlost21 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:22 AM

    Unless Tebow kicks field goals with his eyes closed….That’s about as creative as Sporano gets!!!

  29. patcheatiots says: Mar 27, 2012 8:25 AM

    All I Know is my Season Tickets and PSL are worth Double Now that TeBlow is a Jet…
    Its amazing the Jets will have a million more fans because of Teblow.
    But will they win ???

    WE NEED A PASS RUSHER
    WE NEED SAFETIES

  30. duanethomas says: Mar 27, 2012 8:28 AM

    Tebow the person is great. Tebow the football player is good. Tebow the QB is horrible. If he had stayed with Denver, john Elway was going to work with him to improve him as a QB. The Jets will set his development back as a NFL QB, because they only see him as a Wing T (WildCat) guy. Nowhere has Rex said we want to development him as a QB.

  31. phinfan says: Mar 27, 2012 8:29 AM

    Sparano creative genius????

    Wow did the over acheiving new york media screw this one up?! Daboll (maybe), but sparanos creative mind looked like this run, run, run, kick

  32. ampats says: Mar 27, 2012 8:29 AM

    dlkrauss93 & Jets Nation,

    I think you have only seen the tip of the iceberg for the season long ringless circus known as the your jets.

    The Jets are going to get alot of National TV exposure as I think Week#1 MNF game will be New England at Jets.

  33. palmbeachbuckeye says: Mar 27, 2012 8:32 AM

    Creative Mind??? What is going on in NY and what the heck has Rex Ryan been watching for the past 4 seasons?? Sporano took a 1 win team to the playoffs in his first season and then had a progressively worse season each year following where his teams played terrible to start the seasons and blew large leads because he got conservative to close the games out. Sporano loves to play field position and kick FG’, and if he gets a TD–great!! That will not win in the NFL and the Wildcat worked when no one expected it, realized what the hell it was, or had time to prepare for it. Now that New England, Miami, and Buffalo (6 games) know what Rex has in mind (because he cant shut his fat mouth), the Wildcat is going to just eat up the clock and become a detriment to the Jets (like it did in Miami). The Jets (who were in two AFC championship games) are becoming the Dolphins and the Dolphins are trying to become what the Jets were…lol. Ryan is a loudmouth, blowhard, moron who has no long term strategy other than to rub everyone the wrong way and creat animosity at every level. 2 more seasons and he will gone in NY– hiring Tony Sporano as the OC made absolutely NO sense.

  34. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 27, 2012 8:35 AM

    What kind of screwed up FF league are you in where Sanchez is a keeper? Are there 40 guys in the league? Demote your commissioner immediately as he obviously messed up the scoring.

  35. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 27, 2012 8:35 AM

    Did he use the words Tony Sparano” and “creative offensive mind” in the same sentence?

    I think Rex hates Jet fans.

  36. randomguy9999 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:39 AM

    hmmmmm….. the Wildcat can work well and it isn’t a gimmick… the Phins did it for 2 years at 5.9 yards per play and a 1st down or TD 26% of the time…. until the key players started having problems…

    and that’s the point here:

    does anyone in their right mind think that Tebow is going to be as good as Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams …. in their prime… hitting the hole or turning the edge?

    prepare for complete and utter failure…..

  37. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 27, 2012 8:40 AM

    The team and Tebow are getting hit with a lot of unwarranted criticism in this move simply because the team and Tebow are a lightning rod for criticism.

    They said the Jets weren’t tough enough to win games with the “ground and pound” approach… so they get the ultimate “ground and pound” QB.

    They said Sanchez isn’t good enough to take them to the next level… so they get a QB who took a 1-4 team to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

    They said the team is a locker room divided… so they get a guy who most call the ultimate team player.

    What about this move is so bad? And before you answer that question try to forget that the team name is the Jets and the QBs name is Tebow.

  38. footballgod87 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:43 AM

    “Derrick Mason will catch 100 passes”
    That is a Rex quote from past year. So take with a grain of salt

  39. jackntorres says: Mar 27, 2012 8:44 AM

    Check Rex’s blood glucose cause his mental status abnormalities are indicative of diabetic ketoacidosis.

    Tebow a perfect fit?
    Sparano a creative offensive mind?

  40. jacunn2000 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:49 AM

    It’s gonna be funny if this guy comes in and takes over for Sanchez.
    And if he comes in and wins, then sand the hell by for the second coming.

  41. kerc1986 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:50 AM

    Sparana a.k.a mr field goal offensive genious, that’s a little off, I’m just saying

  42. mrcogburn says: Mar 27, 2012 8:57 AM

    Sparano must have gotten “creative” somewhere on the drive between Miami and New York.

  43. rdrs68 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:57 AM

    Can we all agree that it is OK to comment on Tebow without some girly man using the word “hater”?

  44. Akula says: Mar 27, 2012 8:58 AM

    Once you take away the false items that :

    1. Tebow has the QB skills

    2. Sparano is an offensive genius.

    3. The wildcat is alive and well

    4. Sanchez will be just fine.

    Everything else is spot on

  45. mungman69 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:01 AM

    Tim Tebow looks like the second coming of…well…of Tim Tebow.

  46. halfastco says: Mar 27, 2012 9:01 AM

    @sj39 what games did tebow actually win for the broncos?! Their d had them in the whole game while your boy threw the ball to everyone except his receivers! Under 50% completed passes on the season! Dude makes 3-4 good passes a game but HE’S the reason they won all those games, can’t really be a hater toward someone that just isn’t good plan and simple

  47. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 27, 2012 9:05 AM

    If the QB takes the snap, it’s not calle the “Wildcat.” it’s called the “shotgun.”

  48. tombradyswig says: Mar 27, 2012 9:14 AM

    yeah, just like Pat White huh!?!?!?!?
    that poor man is out of the league now b/c of “creative Tony”!!! Rex is a blow hard jack hole!!

  49. hugejazz says: Mar 27, 2012 9:28 AM

    I agree with this sick 24/7 Jets – Tebow – Ryan crap. There are a LOT of other teams out there doing a LOT more to get better.

    As Mick Jaggar once sang “Go ahead, bite the Big Apple. Don’t mind the maggots.”

  50. east96st says: Mar 27, 2012 9:49 AM

    Somewhere, over at NFL.com, 3G is furiously blogging about how the Jets are the “talk of NYC”. Always amazed me how easily Rexy would set his hook in Gregg and Jets fans mouths. He may be a lousy HC, but good old Rex is one hell of a fisherman. He keeps spewing absolute crap and the morons keep buying into it. Hook, line, and sinker. Reel ‘em in Rex! No matter what you say or do, they still bite!

  51. zackattack006 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:50 AM

    Too bad Sparano wasn’t that creative in Miami. Lmao!!

  52. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Mar 27, 2012 9:52 AM

    I think Tim Tebow might be excited about this opportunity.

  53. jcjets says: Mar 27, 2012 9:56 AM

    if they lose, Sanchez will be on the bench regardless of who is the backup. unless you’re an established QB, that’s what happens.

    If Tampa doesn’t show any improvement this year, and Josh Freeman has another bad year, he’ll be on the bench too. How long will Sam Bradford last if the Rams continue to lose, and he’s not showing anything?

    If this Jets offense doesn’t work this year than I think its time to move on from Sanchez. And I’m a Sanchez fan.

    BUT, I really do believe Sanchez and this offense is going to be good this year. I also think Tebow will not be a big factor.

  54. dolfan66r says: Mar 27, 2012 10:00 AM

    Sparano and creative in the same sentence. WOW. Get ready for the underhand field goal clap. Worst red zone offense in the NFL for four years straight. I could call the plays from the stands before they ran them. Get inside the 10 and throw three bad fade patterns every time.
    Rex must think that the pet rock phenomenon was creative too.

  55. pisano says: Mar 27, 2012 10:14 AM

    The New York Jets = “Ship of Fools”

  56. ahs2 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:26 AM

    The problem for Sanchez is that if the Jets win with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say it just shows Tebow should take every snap. And if the Jets lose with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say that just shows Tebow should take every snap, too.
    ______________________________

    Dead on!!! I’m so happy the circus has left this town!!!!!

  57. sean6886 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:15 AM

    The problem for Sanchez is that if the Jets win with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say it just shows Tebow should take every snap. And if the Jets lose with Tebow taking 20 snaps, some fans and reporters will say that just shows Tebow should take every snap, too.

    Right. Until Tebow takes all the snaps ans becomes Teblow. He’s overrated.

  58. marcuswelby70 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:19 AM

    Ryan referred to Sparano as “one of the most creative guys I’ve been around”

    ______________________________

    This is a joke right?

  59. weepingjebus says: Mar 27, 2012 11:23 AM

    “Rex Ryan: Tebow a perfect fit for Sparano’s creative offensive mind”

    Yet another sentence I never thought I’d read in this lifetime.

  60. 72virginsonfire says: Mar 27, 2012 11:25 AM

    This is a great article on the Tebow debate. I’m in the pro-Tebow camp:

    http://youdontknowfootball.com/2012/03/the-tebow-debate/

  61. boswivel says: Mar 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    It’s a dilemma involving an enigma creating a conundrum. Or Tiki is flabbergasted, whichever you prefer.

  62. thousandcasts says: Mar 27, 2012 11:42 AM

    I’m not a Jets fan or a ‘phins fan, but I think Rex just insulted anyone who has a love for NFL football by using Sparano and “creative mind” in the same sentence.

  63. billharford31 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:36 PM

    Sparano creative??? Drew Brees needs an explanation!

  64. bsizemore68 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    The jets may play like Miami has for the last 4 years, playing not to lose instead of playing to win, wait for the fans to turn on Tony, unless he changes the way he coaches, Tony is a great guy, don’t think he is an OC, sure was not a good head coach. Tim Tebow is one I will watch this year. Bill

  65. CKL says: Mar 27, 2012 1:21 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Mar 27, 2012 8:40 AM
    The team and Tebow are getting hit with a lot of unwarranted criticism in this move simply because the team and Tebow are a lightning rod for criticism.

    They said the Jets weren’t tough enough to win games with the “ground and pound” approach… so they get the ultimate “ground and pound” QB.

    They said Sanchez isn’t good enough to take them to the next level… so they get a QB who took a 1-4 team to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

    They said the team is a locker room divided… so they get a guy who most call the ultimate team player.

    What about this move is so bad? And before you answer that question try to forget that the team name is the Jets and the QBs name is Tebow.
    _________________________________
    I agree that there is extra criticism due to the parties involved. That said, the NYJ have done a few things in this transaction that warrant questioning from the mess up with reading the original contract that allowed Jax back in to the signing of Stanton as second QB with those promises supposedly made to him that made him ask for his release, to the fact that they scheduled a presser for Tebow while all of the brass some of whom normally are at introductory pressers are miles away at a meeting leaving this kid to fend for himself (quite well I think).

    NYJ fans, serious question: is this more or less of a media circus than when Lord Favruh came to your team?

  66. pm58 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:38 PM

    Just had to jump in. When I saw that headline:

    “Rex Ryan: Tebow a perfect fit for Sparano’s creative offensive mind”

    I haven’t been able to stop laughing. Sparano is the most offensively challenged mind in the NFL!!

  67. phearfactor says: Mar 27, 2012 2:19 PM

    Sparano had nothing to do with the bringing back the Wildcat for the Dolphins.

    It was David Lee-the Dolphins QB coach and Dan Henning-the OC.

  68. cheesefrog says: Mar 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    You mean Ryan wants to run the offense he said was a gimmick?

  69. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 27, 2012 7:46 PM

    Who is Ryan trying to convince? The fans or himself?

  70. jesusbiblestudy says: Apr 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    Even with Mr. Fumbles Willis in Denver they had the #1 rushing attack in large part because of Tebow.

    Tebow in as QB…

    Brings the LBs closer to the line for the run

    Pushes the DBs further out for fear of the long ball

    Allows the TEs to be hit on short flat routes by Tebow

    Allows the WR’s to run short routes, but also bust out some posts because after a few short tosses the DB’s will make the mistake of pulling up to defend the short ball which will give Tebow the long ball.

    The Jets have a better Defense than Denver and remember that Sanchez is not a bad QB which is a major plus in keeping the pot from boiling over in pressure cooking situations. The Jets will goto the playoffs this year.

    Also, Jets nation just picked up the entire Gator Nation as new fans. College football is worshiped in the South. Wait til yall get a load of it this year.

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