Rex Ryan: We didn’t take advantage of Tebow’s skill set

AP

This time last year, Jets coach Rex Ryan had a lot to say about all the different ways the Jets would use Tim Tebow.

It was a prelude to ESPN cameras on site during training camp, secret practices to keep the world guessing about Tebow’s role and a season filled with shots of Tebow on the sideline watching the Jets go 6-10. Ryan had a lot to say about how little Tebow played during the season, but it never added up to much of an explanation for why the Jets traded for Tebow and never played him.

Ryan said that Tebow had a chance to compete for playing time and that a rib injury robbed him of a chance to play during an appearance on 98.7 ESPN in New York with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Tuesday before getting around to the way the team used him.

“When you look at it with the advantage of hindsight, obviously it wasn’t a good situation for Tim. It wasn’t a good situation for the Jets or anything else,” Ryan said. “I looked at it like he would have had success and we were going to use him in a multiple of ways. Unfortunately that didn’t happen … We really didn’t take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set. That’s nobody’s fault, ultimately it’s my fault.”

There’s more than a little something off with hearing a head coach say that it was unfortunate that a player was used in a particular way given the ability a head coach has to change the way a player can be used, but it’s not like Tony Sparano’s around anymore to raise an objection to being thrown under the bus. Ryan said that his interfering in the offense “probably isn’t the smartest thing” when asked about how involved he’d be on that side of the ball this year. That’s likely true, although Ryan probably won’t get the chance to point the finger at another offensive coordinator if the Jets have another losing season.

35 responses to “Rex Ryan: We didn’t take advantage of Tebow’s skill set

  1. Rex you missed the playoffs last year and it wasn’t even close. We don’t need you to declare that you didn’t take advantage of anything, we already figured out that the rest of the league (only counting the best and smartest teams) took advantage of you (Jets) instead of you (Jets) taking advantage of them.

    That’s the bottom line of what really matters here, and so the only question on my mind is why should you be entitled to have another chance to get the job done this year if you (individual responsibility) haven’t shown to get the job done in any previous year and by your own admission? (not to mention a lot stronger case to say the team has regressed since you have been there as opposed to improving)

  2. As this league evolves, eventually there will come a time when if a head coach cant coach offense and defense then he is not qualified to be a head coach.

    At the highest level, everything is specialized, but if the head coach doesn’t feel qualified to have input on the offense and defense, then he should not be deemed qualified to be a head coach.

  3. “We really didn’t take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set. That’s nobody’s fault…”

    Gotta love the accountability in that locker room – talk about a coach setting a great example.

  4. one reason i love Rex is that he’s accountable. He could’ve easily pointed to Sparano but at the end of the day it was his hire and it still falls under him.

    Love me some Rex and Jets.. who can thumbs down this the fastest?!? READY, SET, GO

  5. It’s amazing the amount of wisdom that resonates from Rex isn’t it?? The Jet’s problems have been so obvious, yet it took the Jedi mind of Rex Ryan to help all the simple minded individuals like us see the light! I’ve stated before I feel sorry for Jet’s fans who have to endure this goofball. I’m going to take it a step further; Woody Johnson should be paying the Jet’s fan base just for attending games and he should be handing out voucher’s for mental therapy as the fan’s disperse from the stadium on Sunday’s! There should be a law against hiring incompetent goofs like Rex Ryan!

  6. you brought him knowing what his skill set was and what he brought to the table as a leader and still chose not to use him. but it is nobody’s fault that you chose not use him? the jets were going nowhere before he had the rib injury and refused to use him and then when he was healthy for the final 2 games you chose to use the other qb rather than make yourself look bad had he played and done what he did with the broncos and that is WIN! the jets are doomed as long you are coach.

  7. “That’s nobody’s fault, ultimately it’s my fault.”

    If it’s nobodies fault then how can it be his fault. Rex speaks in oxymorons and can’t accept blame for anything. Just admit that you boasted about his snap count, then didn’t use him while lying to him, then released him at the worst time after a draft. No free agent should sign there because of the idiotic approach they take.

  8. “That’s nobody’s fault, ultimately it’s my fault.”

    If it’s nobodies fault then how can it be his fault. Rex speaks in oxymorons and can’t accept blame for anything. Just admit that you boasted about his snap count, then didn’t use him while lying to him, then released him at the worst time after a draft. Let the circus begin!

  9. While it is true that Rex didn’t take advantage of Tim Tebow’s skill set, he has done a fabulous job of taking advantage of Jets fans’ patience and loyalty.

  10. Why is Rex “foot in mouth” Ryan still a head coach? Last off season he said he didn’t know they were having problems in the locker room that caused the team to suck, now this off season he is saying he did use the Tebow the right way. It is more than clear that he just isn’t a good head coach. If you admit you don’t know what is going on in the locker room and that you don’t know how to use a player you should be gone!

  11. If Tebow was gay, there would be ranting and raving across the country that he was being supressed because he was gay. Tebow is a Christian and as we know in today’s society it is ok to discriminate against Christians. Just sayin.

  12. Tebow response. Is we didn’t have a coach who know how to be a coach. Rex Ryan can’t coach offensive. N can’t be a head coach. Just fire him now or put him on def only

  13. at least sitting on the bench all season gave him a chance to get really really good at Angry Birds

  14. ronpipes2013 says:
    Apr 30, 2013 4:41 PM
    If Tebow was gay, there would be ranting and raving across the country that he was being supressed because he was gay. Tebow is a Christian and as we know in today’s society it is ok to discriminate against Christians. Just sayin.

    ————————————————
    nobody is discriminating against him because he’s a Christian, a vast majority of players are. People slam Tebow because he’s the most vastly overrated player to put on an NFL uniform in forever… and he sucks at playing QB.

  15. am I the only one that sees Ryan being cornered and sabotaged? I feel like Idzik is forcing him to say these things, this isn’t like him. I’m sure before the season end, he’ll be fired. Idzik is pushing him closer anf closer to the edge.

  16. Yes you did Rex he stood on the sidlines with his helmet on. He did a great job of that.

  17. “We didn’t take advantage of Tebow’s skill-set”…

    Sure you did – you sold Jets jerseys didn’t you? He kept the bench warm didn’t he? Job well done, give that kid $2m.

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