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 ESPNNewYork.com. “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.