When Jets General Manager John Idzik said he would have a big role in picking the starting quarterback, some members of the media suggested that coach Rex Ryan was having some of his authority taken away from him. But Ryan says that’s not the case.
Ryan told reporters that their questions about the decision suggested that they were making too big an issue of Idzik’s comments.
“I think you guys are making a mountain out of a mole hill to be honest with you because ever since I’ve been here, this is my fifth year here, not one decision has ever been made by one man, not one decision,” Ryan said. “And that’s whether it’s who’s up, who’s active, who’s this player, who’s going to be the starter at this and this, who we draft, [it has] never been like that. It’s always a group effort on what is best for this team.”
Ryan suggested that reporters are looking for an angle that paints Ryan as being at odds with Idzik and owner Woody Johnson.
“You guys are trying to make it a situation that doesn’t exist. I know I have complete support from John, from Woody, from everybody in this organization. If it was taken a certain way, it shouldn’t be,” Ryan said.
Whenever the winner of the Mark Sanchez-Geno Smith competition is picked, Ryan will be the one who tells the players and the media. But Ryan will also ask others on the team for their input.
“I’ll sit down and talk to the quarterbacks and ultimately that’s who’s telling the quarterback. So when the guys come in, they talk to me,” Ryan told reporters. “I tell you guys who the quarterback is.”
And then after Ryan tells the media who the quarterback is, the media can commence with the next round of making a mountain out of a mole hill.