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.