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

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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.

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35 Responses to “Rex Ryan: We didn’t take advantage of Tebow’s skill set”
  1. jeremywflores says: Apr 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    I think Sanchez has better butt-fumbling skills than Tebow.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2013 3:45 PM

    We needed Rex to tell us that he and the Jets were morons in the way they dealt with Tebow?

  3. alecanthony says: Apr 30, 2013 3:48 PM

    It’s funny because he said “skill” set and “tebow” in the same sentence

  4. patriots87 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    instead, we just took advantage of Tim Tebow.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    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)

  6. therillest says: Apr 30, 2013 3:51 PM

    Gee thanks Ryan, im sure that makes Tebow feel a whole lot better about things…..

  7. ecupatsfan12 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:51 PM

    Took you THAT long to figure it out eh Rex? What a clown

  8. gotampabay52 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:52 PM

    does this mobile app have a man crush on Tebow. All other sports mobile apps don’t carry Tebow like this app stop covering him

  9. marvsleezy says: Apr 30, 2013 3:52 PM

    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.

  10. dblockatl says: Apr 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    “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.

  11. ewoods6 says: Apr 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    It’s funny to me that the Jets Coaches and players said how terrible he was yet they couldn’t beat him.

    Ironic

  12. wildbillsrodeo says: Apr 30, 2013 4:02 PM

    “That’s nobody’s fault. Ultimately, it’s my fault.” Jesus Rexie, take the blame or don’t you bumbling idiot!

  13. crazemastercraze says: Apr 30, 2013 4:03 PM

    “Skill set”. Haha

  14. mec693 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:04 PM

    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

  15. wnstonchill says: Apr 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    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!

  16. blacknole08 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:14 PM

    Why is Ryan still answering questions about Tebow?

    You cut him already. Time to move on.

  17. metalhead65 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    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.

  18. norvturnersneck says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    “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.

  19. norvturnersneck says: Apr 30, 2013 4:24 PM

    “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!

  20. thetooloftools says: Apr 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    When is Rex Ryan just going to run out of rope?

  21. commonsensedude says: Apr 30, 2013 4:29 PM

    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.

  22. txtuff says: Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    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!

  23. jrs1972 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    Oh come on, tebow’s skill set is completing passes into the ground.

  24. 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.

  25. sportsnut101 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    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

  26. fargovikesfan says: Apr 30, 2013 5:02 PM

    Wait… Tebow has a skill set?

  27. shadowcell says: Apr 30, 2013 5:02 PM

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

  28. fargovikesfan says: Apr 30, 2013 5:04 PM

    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.

  29. johnsims713 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:05 PM

    That whole organization is a joke, the new Raiders.

  30. jets4gold says: Apr 30, 2013 5:10 PM

    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.

  31. melikefootball says: Apr 30, 2013 5:27 PM

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

  32. jprcox says: Apr 30, 2013 8:05 PM

    “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.

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 30, 2013 8:37 PM

    “Now let’s go eat a ____ snack!”

  34. 1mommicked1 says: Apr 30, 2013 9:46 PM

    what happens to a jet when the pilot, who is supposed to be smart enough to control it, is a loud-mouthed, no-class blowhard? it rex.

  35. pisano says: Apr 30, 2013 10:09 PM

    “We didn’t take advantage of Tebow’s skill set” Hey Rex, he didn’t have any. HELLO!

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