New York Jets: Rex Ryan Made His Point Clear with Tim Tebow
From that point in time, the team has been nothing short of must-see TV, and that's about it. From F' bombs to Sanchize, the team has made more splashes in the NFL, for all the wrong reasons, than any other team.
And the drama continues...
Lead by head coach Rex Ryan, the Jets took a final stance against media-loved QB Tim Tebow, opting to start Mark Sanchez in place of injured Greg McElroy this Sunday against Buffalo.
The decision was announced Thursday by Ryan, following a surprise concussion-like issue with McElroy that will keep him out this Sunday, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
During that announcement, Ryan pointed his decision towards the simple issue of "lack of prep time" when considering who to start. And not based on any other factors —such as the publicized disagreements he and Tebow have had over playing time.
So it was a “No way José” scenario: Nothing to overhype around the Jets’ facilities today, Rex is just "more comfortable" with Sanchez—the QB he benched for lack of numbers—and that is that.
But is there something more to Ryan's decision? A possible self interest?
Sure there is. And you have to give Rex credit for having the guts—or blind egocentrism—to pull it off.
While Sanchez is the better candidate to get the team a win, you would have to think that somewhere in the deepest depth of Rex's mind—still cluttered with his HBO Hard Knocks fame—there are nightmares bouncing around with a scenario of Tebow going out a winner; consequently, making Rex out as a loser.
And, even worse, out as head coach of the Jets.
Without question, the last thing he wants to see at this point would be a Tebow-mania explosion. You know, like the ones the QB/Wildcat/Speech-giver did in Denver when he took them to the playoffs—something the Jets have failed to accomplish this year.
Sure, a successful win against the Bills is certainly what the Jets want; however, it has been made clear that the win shall come with stipulations. Mainly, not having the guy Ryan didn’t want in the first place leading the team on the field.
That would just be catastrophic—yes, a win—and not the offseason coverage Ryan would want to answer to every five minutes. Especially when the questions would be coincided with his firing.
And that is all the decision seems to be.
It doesn't make the decision right or wrong. The reasoning, however, just goes to show that media-man Rexy still wants camera-A focused on him, and not another starlet swiping all the publicity in the name of his shortcomings as a head coach in the NFL.
That would just knock…too hard.