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Rex Ryan says there’s no quarterback controversy in New York

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Maybe, in hindsight, Rex Ryan was talking about the Giants.

That’s the only rational explanation for Ryan’s comments during his Monday That’s My Boy media blitz, doing four radio spots in support of his acting debut, making him the first Jets coach since, well, the last Jets coach to show up on screen wearing something other than a headset.

Rex insisted that, despite the presence of Tim Tebow and the widespread belief that a quarterback controversy already exists (team leader Darelle Revis has said so), Mark Sanchez is still the guy.

There’s no quarterback controversy here,” Ryan told WFAN, via Rich Cimini of  “Mark is our starting quarterback.”

There’s that word again:  starting.  The use of Tebow in a Wildcat package provides the Jets with the ultimate cover to remove Sanchez without benching him, and to allow him to continue to “start” (i.e., “take the first snap of”) every game — no matter how often Tebow enters the game and Sanchez takes a seat.

Of course there’s a quarterback controversy in New York.  Though the Jets may never acknowledge it or officially “bench” Sanchez, the question of whether Tebow can do a better job than Sanchez will continue to percolate.

Once the regular season starts it will boil.

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58 Responses to “Rex Ryan says there’s no quarterback controversy in New York”
  1. gcsuk says: Jun 11, 2012 11:14 PM

    Nope, no QB controversy in NY. Eli is the man!

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 11, 2012 11:15 PM

    Not a controversy because we all know what will happen. Sanchez is going to stink it up for the first couple of weeks and Tebow will come as the starter sometime around week 3-8, and probably do what he did in Denver.

  3. randygnyc says: Jun 11, 2012 11:24 PM

    Sanchez’ number one, overall problem is that he suffers from dry labia. The chaffing causes him a painful rash. It’s hard to concentrate and hold on to the football in the NFL when your vagina is on fire.

  4. ezg1 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:26 PM

    Can’t Rexy just put a sock in it, hopefully a footless stinkin’, smelly, designer RG3 sock of the post practice varity!

  5. eastsideballa says: Jun 11, 2012 11:26 PM

    You know what I haven’t had in a while? Big league chew.

  6. vince703 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:28 PM


  7. soia311 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:29 PM

    The only controversy here is that the Jets’ best QB is buried third on the depth chart.

  8. kane337 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:35 PM

    No more Jets articles about their QB’s. Please! Enough already.

  9. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:36 PM

    Yup Tebows already the starter

  10. spankygreen says: Jun 11, 2012 11:36 PM

    Yes there is…. the controversy is you have 2 QB’s that’s not worth to 2 flys, mashed………and everyday you try and pawn them off as good, or even decent QB’s….unbelievable……

  11. zeke2517 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:37 PM

    Oh, come on.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2012 11:41 PM

    Mark is the starter, Tebow closes things out in the late innings.

  13. kappy32 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:43 PM

    There is no QB controversy in NY. The controversy is in NJ & it doesn’t involve the defending Super Bowl Champions, the one, the only, the great New York Football Giants.

  14. vincentbojackson says: Jun 11, 2012 11:51 PM

    Where is this guy’s off switch?

    Nobody wants any more updates on the circus he’s created.

  15. nepaseahawk says: Jun 11, 2012 11:57 PM

    rex never lies 🙂

  16. billsfan27 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:59 PM

    I think what Rex meant to say is there’s no Quarter Pounder with Cheese controversy.

  17. ivydude81 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:03 AM

    The fact of the matter is Sanchez is making about 10x as much as Tebow in 2012. Around 15 mil versus 1.5 mil. If their salaries were comparable economics- wise the QB position would be an open competition. Sanchez will be making Tebow’s annual salary in one regular season game. Rex is not going to come out and say our highest paid player is gonna be riding the bench.

  18. jcjets says: Jun 12, 2012 12:08 AM

    The great thing is its all in Sanchez’s hands. If he plays well there is no controversy. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes!

    Where it could get interesting is if Sanchez gets hurt and Tebow comes in and wins..but as a Jet fan isn’t that what we want?

  19. randallflagg52 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:12 AM

    kappy32 says:Jun 11, 2012 11:43 PM

    There is no QB controversy in NY. The controversy is in NJ & it doesn’t involve the defending Super Bowl Champions, the one, the only, the great New York Football Giants.


    Cool story bro…

  20. ningenito78 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:30 AM

    You forgot about Mangini’s cameo in the Sopranos. Eastsideballa- great Family Guy reference. Better one would have been ‘and it’s a great way to stay in shape’.

  21. pisano says: Jun 12, 2012 12:31 AM

    I agree with Rex about no QB controversy, that’s because they have no QB on that team.

  22. kappy32 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:34 AM

    Thumbs down my comment all you want. 1,000,000 thumbs down won’t ever change the fact that the Giants have won two Super Bowls in four years & the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets have failed back to back years after promises & guarantees of the next football dynasty. Oh wait, I forgot, just like every other non-Jets fan has, they made it to back to back AFC Championship Games, but LOST. How could I forget? I mean, doesn’t EVERYONE know the teams that LOST their conference championship game. How silly & forgetful of me.

  23. sleepyjordan says: Jun 12, 2012 12:39 AM

    Looks like First Take has some new material for tomorrow.

  24. damon089 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:43 AM

    The only controversy is that Sanchez still has a job.

  25. stlrams39 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:47 AM

    Who gives a sh*t what he says?
    He can say Mark Sanches is the best QB in the league, but that doesn’t make it true.

  26. mf7krime says: Jun 12, 2012 12:49 AM

    Good lord. Can you imagine being a NY Jets fan right now?

    Sanchize vs Tebow mania… It can’t get worse can it?

  27. kgun80 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:50 AM

    Sanchez is the better QB.. Everyone who is saying Tebow will do what he did in Denver is crazy. This is not the AFC West!! It’s the AFC East!! .500 gets you third place.
    Rex just doesn’t know he has a controversy.. Get ready YETS fans. You’ll have a new head coach by week 11.. And the Dolphins plan to send the disease Tony Sporano will come to fruition. Best move the Dolphins front office has made in years!!

  28. genericuser8888 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:59 AM

    Until the season starts, it’s going to be Tebow/Jets articles or Saints/Bounty articles.

    I’m cool with that.

    Just wish there was some real news out there.

  29. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 12, 2012 1:19 AM

    Jeez, and I thought the 24/7 Tebow coverage was bad last year! If the Jets REALLY believed Mark Sanchez is their franchise QB, they wouldn’t have signed Tebow. Because now it’s more of a 3 ring circus than ever before. Fans will be chanting for Tebow by halftime of week one’s game. Then there’s their WR diva pitching a fit because he didn’t want to practice and their greedy, me-first CB who wants to ignore the contract he signed 2 years ago.
    Good luck with all this, Rex!

  30. mjkelly77 says: Jun 12, 2012 1:46 AM

    I foresee a QB battle. Although Tebow has quicker feet Sanchez puts polish on his toenails.

  31. hedleykow says: Jun 12, 2012 2:41 AM

    Rexy is looking pretty good. I wish I knew who did his jowl reduction surgery. I could use one of those, myself. The GD snacks are killing my rex appeal.

  32. footballfanman says: Jun 12, 2012 3:06 AM

    Rex Grossman may be available for a price.

  33. teddybayer123 says: Jun 12, 2012 3:12 AM

    Fat or skinny, Rex just wind.

    I’m calling my shot: this year, Rex Ryan will coach his last game for the New York Jet’s! Jet’s! Jet’s!
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much talk…and the window has closed.

  34. iainrwb says: Jun 12, 2012 3:12 AM

    Benching Sanchez makes no sense; you’d lose any advantage you gained by having Tebow as a change of pace guy.

    The so-called QB controversy is a media myth perpetuated by Tebow fans. Jets fans who don’t like Sanchez are largely not enamoured with the prospect of Tebow starting either.

  35. coachryanmurray says: Jun 12, 2012 3:56 AM

    Not until Sanchez has a few bad games that is. This team has the potential this year to have a greater collapse than it had last year.

    Also, check out my blog!

  36. mwindle1973 says: Jun 12, 2012 5:51 AM

    When the head coach acknowledges that there is no QB controversy, that is an acknowledgement of the reality that there is a QB controversy.

  37. mhs8031 says: Jun 12, 2012 6:48 AM

    If anyone knows controversy, it is Rex Ryan.

    However, this is the offseason, when fans and media are quiet. They will determine whether or not a controversy exists, not Rex.

  38. gronksankle says: Jun 12, 2012 6:56 AM

    We prefer to be called “little people”

  39. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Jun 12, 2012 6:56 AM

    If they start 1-3 it will be Tebows team by Columbus day. Not a Sanchez hater or fan, but the Jets went about this the wrong way. Could have traded for a Colt McCoy type or signed a veteran to motivate, but not overtly threaten Sanchez. Instead they trade for a guy who was the best college football player in 30 years with character (built in fan base) that took over a team from a veteran last year and won a playoff game.

    I predict Sanchez crumbles under this added pressure and regresses. Just horrible decision making by this team.

  40. bbk1000 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:14 AM

    Evidently there is no controversy if you ask NFL players. Tebow is ranked 95th on the top 100 chart, Sanchez will not be seen.

  41. nepaseahawk says: Jun 12, 2012 7:16 AM

    at least for now it appears sanchez has the hottest feet

  42. nepaseahawk says: Jun 12, 2012 7:26 AM

    @easysideballa big league chew is delicious.

  43. nepaseahawk says: Jun 12, 2012 8:03 AM

    shut up rex!!!! tebows holds sledgehammers……..tebow has a strong arm…. tebow has nice feet ..,just stop talking about tebow and these stupid stories will stop.

  44. nepaseahawk says: Jun 12, 2012 8:05 AM

    just trade sanchez to san fran….they need a qb and at least he’d be an improvment there…

  45. thegronk87 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:19 AM

    what rex meant to say: “there’s no quarterback in new york.”

  46. okldr8daz says: Jun 12, 2012 8:35 AM

    Rex Ryan rephrased that….”There’s no Quarterbacks in New York!”

  47. rexryanstoecheese says: Jun 12, 2012 8:47 AM

    Sure gonna miss him when he’s gone.

    Rex has been a unyielding source of entertainment for the entire country-outside of NYC..
    Hope he makes the playoff’s this year – so he can stick around a little longer…

  48. mensamember says: Jun 12, 2012 8:49 AM

    NY fans are too smart to chant for Tebow.
    They know Sanchez is the better QB and gives them the best chance to win.
    The thin air in Denver tends to befuddle the mind

  49. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    4-12 in 2012. Har!

  50. ernie ernie says: Jun 12, 2012 9:28 AM

    Rex and his brother are two prime examples of the Peter Principle: raising up the ladder to a level of incompetance.

    The second the Jet’s signed Tebow there was controversy and trouble brewing. Remember, Tebow was the guy who took Denver 95 yards against the Jets last year to win in the last minute and good ol Rex knows that.

    Rex also know that his guy Sanchez didn’t take the team down field for any big victories when they needed them so quietly he is ready to replace Sanchez at first opportunity.

    If Mark doesn’t get that then he needs to be replaced for being stupid.

  51. dexterismyhero says: Jun 12, 2012 10:04 AM

    Well they only have 1 QB don’t they?

  52. sd5547 says: Jun 12, 2012 10:07 AM

    No controversy when both guys stink.

  53. oilman989 says: Jun 12, 2012 10:16 AM

    Why are we listening to ANYTHING this guy says??

  54. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 12, 2012 10:16 AM

    Until Sanchez throws three picks week 2.

  55. RexCanCoach says: Jun 12, 2012 10:24 AM

    It doesn’t matter how many championships the Giants win, they will never hold the hearts of New Yorkers like the NY Jets do.

  56. enzo1030 says: Jun 12, 2012 10:44 AM

    People on here make it sound like Sanchez is the worst NFL QB. Haven’t you people heard of developing talent? Eli was worse than Sanchez in his first 3 years. Give it time. Tebow is the perfect motivation to light a fire under Sanchez’ behind.

  57. bigbluefan1 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    For once Rex tells almost the truth
    There is only one starting QB at Metlife and his name is Eli

    I would take David Carr over the two in green

  58. bronc24 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:14 AM

    Sanchez makes 15 Mil ??! About 10 Mil overpaid Better draft or trade for legit Qb for next year

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