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Rex Ryan thinks it’s “crazy” how strong Tim Tebow is

Tim Tebow, Eric Smith AP

It was a year ago today that a picture of Tim Tebow playing golf garnered attention across America because Tebow’s arms looked like those of a bodybuilder, not a quarterback. Tebow has changed teams since then, but he’s as strong as ever.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked about Tebow’s intangibles after Thursday’s Organized Team Activity, and Ryan responded by talking about Tebow’s feats of strength.

“Let me give you a little story about Tim,” Ryan said. “I saw this in the weight room. A player had challenged him, holding these big huge sledgehammers. They held them doing this big iron cross kind of deal. The big lineman went first. [Tebow] said you want to go first or second. The big lineman said he’d go first. He went for about a 1:04, shaking. Tim went for 1:18. This guy is crazy with how strong he is and the kind of focus [he has]. I see that from him. He’s super competitive.”

It’s great that Tebow competes in the weight room, but does that really make much of a difference on the field? Ryan says it absolutely does. And although some would say Tebow relies too much on his strength and athleticism as a runner and still hasn’t learned to be an NFL passer, Ryan likes the way Tebow approaches the quarterback position.

“You can be in a team deal, he sees cover five, which is two-man, he’s back there and you’d like to see him throw the football, he’s going to run it,” Ryan said. “If he sees two-man, guess what? He’s going to run it anyway. You see some of that in him. He’s done some things in some previous practices, where it’s like, wow, that’s a football player.”

Ryan said it can be frustrating during practices for the Jets’ defense that Tebow does things, as Troy Polamalu says, that shouldn’t work in the NFL. But Ryan supports Tebow completely.

“The defense will start chirping about him, ‘Come on. Throw the ball, stand back and throw the ball,'” Ryan said. “Why? If he sees two-man, he’s running with it. Someone better go out there and make a tackle. I think everyone sees Tim for what he is. He’s a super competitive guy and a good teammate. I’ve noticed he’s always building guys up. By the way, he’s a talented kid, or young man.”

Tebow’s talent for holding up a heavy sledgehammer is a neat trick in the weight room. It remains to be seen whether he has the talent to succeed as a quarterback on the football field.

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50 Responses to “Rex Ryan thinks it’s “crazy” how strong Tim Tebow is”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 8, 2012 1:19 PM

    He must be a big hit on Festivus.

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:20 PM

    this is going to be fun
    -the rest of the afc east

  3. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:25 PM

    Why does he throw the ball like a girl?

  4. frankrizzo51 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:27 PM

    Then the offense they installed using the two sledgehammers should be unstoppable.

  5. reed20ravens says: Jun 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    i think its crazy how much rex likes feet, but thats just me

  6. nyjalleffingday says: Jun 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    It’s not going to make much of an on-the-field impact, but when your backup QB/RB/FB/TE/Punter/Rex Ryan cheeseburger fetcher is stronger than his O-Lineman, it’s definitely not a bad thing.

  7. rr2000k says: Jun 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Uh oh. Rex Ryan hype machine is starting again.

  8. joetoronto says: Jun 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Did anybody else hear Collin Cowturd go on and on about how much better a QB Sanchez is than Tebow?

    His crush on Sanchez isn’t normal.

  9. rr2000k says: Jun 8, 2012 1:35 PM

    So he can hold sledgehammers….Kyle Boller could throw a ball through the uprights while kneeling on the 50 yard line. We all know how that turned out.

  10. Deb says: Jun 8, 2012 1:35 PM

    Since the body is the athlete’s chief asset, Tebow’s determination to keep himself well-conditioned–and his competitiveness–do speak to his abilities at any position.

    He could have been a great QB back in the day. Like many, I’m skeptical about his chances in 2012. But I’ll bet he could be a great football player at several other positions on either side of the ball.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 8, 2012 1:36 PM

    Rex related how he once saw Tebow squash a reporter’s head like a grape. “Guy was going on and on about Tim not being a real QB, you know, mocking his throwing motion…that sort of stuff. All of a sudden, ‘POP’, you could hear it clear across the field. Like when you run over an empty beverage container with your car. You know the sound. God, it still makes me shudder some times….”.

  12. barrywhererufrom says: Jun 8, 2012 1:36 PM

    I look at the Tebow situation as this..he is better then Burnell..I think I am better than Burnell..but that being said Tebow wants to be a starting QB and if he pushes Sanchez and makes him better its all worth it..If not I can see Tebow taking over and the team being 9-7..Tebow has won wherever he has been..doesn’t look good doing it..but for whatever reason it works out for him more times than not..just ask the Steelers about him!

  13. elmaxoh says: Jun 8, 2012 1:38 PM

    Keep going Tebow , Sanchez will throw more interception this year and you’ll have a chance to start !

  14. thingamajig says: Jun 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    Next thing we will hear is that Rex thinks the Jets are going to go to the Super Bowl.

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    Tebow is laughing at the haters as he holds the two sledge hammers out… full extension. His will is just greater than others. Ask Troy.

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 8, 2012 1:44 PM

    You think Lombardi would have enjoyed coaching Tebow..

  17. drexelvol says: Jun 8, 2012 1:47 PM

    “…Tebow’s arms looked like those of a bodybuilder, not a quarterback.”

    Well, that’s ok, Tebow’s really not a QB anyway.

  18. stonecld33 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    And Sanchez lasted just 0:06 seconds and said c’mon guys this means nothing.

  19. XRayTiD says: Jun 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    I think eventually someone will play Tebow as a RB. He would be a monster, much like a Peyton Hillis from 2010

  20. cuda1234 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:53 PM

    Amazing how much this “humble” “team-first” guy does to draw attention to himself.

    Name one teammate he’s ever made better (not including all the UF wr’s who got better when they got away from him – L. Murphy, A.Hernandez, D.Nelson, etc.).

  21. mazenblue says: Jun 8, 2012 1:55 PM

    I vaunt to change your socks.

    -butler, Mr deeds

  22. paleandpasty says: Jun 8, 2012 2:01 PM

    Ryan prefers feets of strenght to feats of strenght.

  23. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Jun 8, 2012 2:10 PM

    The most amazing part of the story was that Tebow was standing on a lake of water while holding the sledgehammers.

  24. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 8, 2012 2:22 PM

    cuda1234 says:

    . “Amazing how much this “humble” “team-first” guy does to draw attention to himself.”

    If you’re going to comment on an article, it may be helpful to actually read it first.

    . “Name one teammate he’s ever made better”

    How about the 2011 Denver Broncos Offense? The same cast of characters started 1-4 with Orton and then went 7-4 with Tebow. Sometimes correlation does equal causation.

  25. crimhollingsworth says: Jun 8, 2012 2:24 PM

    Kind of cowardly for the qb to be taking off running during no contact practice. As the defenders were saying, come on, throw the ball.

  26. tom69876 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    As a jets fan, all of this drama already makes me sick. First super bowl predictions, and now tebowmania. congratulations Jets!! The team is still a dysfunctional joke. Gotta go throw up now

  27. lolb23 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:32 PM

    It’s great that Tebow competes in the weight room, but does that really make much of a difference on the field?
    _________________________________

    MDS is clearly a girly man who’s never once stepped foot on any field in any sport. Does weight room strength really make much of a difference on the field? YA DUMBASS!

  28. homelanddefense says: Jun 8, 2012 2:32 PM

    so Tebow excelled in a “Iron Cross” position. Naturally.

  29. crubenst says: Jun 8, 2012 2:33 PM

    Manish Mehta thinks Tebow is great.

  30. jaguar187 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:33 PM

    This is going to be huge when the rules committee change the overtime format to “the team who’s guy can hold a pair of sledgehammers out in an iron cross the longest wins.”

  31. nebster21 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:34 PM

    He brought the Broncos to the playoffs when NO ONE was saying they were going to go to the playoffs.

    ps CUDA1234 who got better when they left TEBOW? Now you are going to be able to say that the Broncos WR are going to do better but, that is Peyton Manning throwing them the ball. It is like your dad dating your mom than going out and dating someone like Snookums from the jersey shore. It is a major upgrade.

  32. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 2:37 PM

    Remember the good ol days when Rex hated that kind of offense. “just line up and play!” He petulantly cried. Now he says how great it is? If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em huh…. Lol. I’m intrigued to see if this blows up in their face or not. Come on September!

  33. jaguar187 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:38 PM

    ortonwhiskeycrew says:
    Jun 8, 2012 2:10 PM
    The most amazing part of the story was that Tebow was standing on a lake of water while holding the sledgehammers.

    … Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme starting quarterback play just because some watery tart threw a sledgehammer at you.

  34. ibreathefootball says: Jun 8, 2012 2:47 PM

    The guy is legit, quit talking about him 24×7 and let him do his thing. All he does is win!!

  35. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:54 PM

    tebow is the man!! thats simply all there is to it.. i dont care if he ever throws the ball….hes awesome so accept it and move on people

  36. khmer379 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:00 PM

    What you expect he Jesus!

  37. bleed4philly says: Jun 8, 2012 3:05 PM

    Tim “The Sledgehammer” Tebow

  38. wvphil7 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    He’s as smart as a sledgehammer.

  39. jjbadd says: Jun 8, 2012 3:28 PM

    I said it last year as a Bronco fan, & I have no problem saying it now. Tebow, for whatever reason, is a winner, a hard worker, & does things that make you scratch your head! But, he brings it weekly, & I would rather play with him than against him. He is not the best passer, but he does enough to win. The whole time he was playing last year, he was being criticized daily..what did he do? Kept winning! Sorry, but I am a fan. I wish him well & I hope Denver don’t face him & the Jets during their playoff run.

  40. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:32 PM

    i bet joe montanna did that all the time to become a great QB.

  41. mullman7675 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:33 PM

    Just convert him to FB and be done with it.

  42. totallydisgusted says: Jun 8, 2012 3:35 PM

    @joetoronto

    you are right. Cowherd does see a lot more in Sanchez than everybody else. He’s inconsistant and I don’t think his head is always in the game but unfortunately for the jets or because of the jets he’s their only recourse at qb. Tebow shouldn’t be anyone’s qb.

  43. alaricsrevenge says: Jun 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    jaguar187 says:
    Jun 8, 2012 2:38 PM
    ortonwhiskeycrew says:
    Jun 8, 2012 2:10 PM
    The most amazing part of the story was that Tebow was standing on a lake of water while holding the sledgehammers.

    … Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme starting quarterback play just because some watery tart threw a sledgehammer at you.

    ——————————————–

    Bonus points for the MP reference.

  44. milehigh85 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:47 PM

    @Jaguar187
    Hahaha!!! Best comment of the week!! I literally laughed out loud…

  45. RexCanCoach says: Jun 8, 2012 3:48 PM

    @thegreatgabbert

    friggin hysterical thanks for the laughs !!!

  46. mediasloppy says: Jun 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    Well if the NFL doesn’t work out he can join the Faith Force who tear phone books in half, bend steel bars with their teeth and blow up hot water bottles like balloons while breaking through cement walls.

  47. slickster35 says: Jun 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    Weight lifting RB/TE can’t throw the football.

    Wow, news.

  48. granadafan says: Jun 8, 2012 4:06 PM

    His bulky muscled up arms and shoulders helps explain his weird throwing motion. Bad mechanics for a QB who is not very accurate anyways is a bad combination for someone who wants to get better.

    He’s built like a bruising running back/ punt protecter, not a QB.

  49. badintent says: Jun 8, 2012 7:37 PM

    Brian Billick said Tim needed to stop lifting weights and do yoga and other stretching programs. He should know. some QB dude that was bulked up took Ravens to the 2001 Super Bowl and won it. He couldn’t throw either, but he won when Manning and Farve didn’t. Guess who ? We must learn from history or be doomed to repeat the mistakes again. Like the Raiders, Bengals and Browns. Gmen rule !

  50. stevenfbrackett says: Jun 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    *stab* Take that Sanchezzie! *twist*

    *stab* Here, have another! *twist, twist*

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