New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said a lot of nice things about new quarterback Tim Tebow while at LSU’s Thursday pro day, but he did not say he would be competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting job.
When asked if he was worried about Tebow’s presence damaging the psyche of Sanchez, Ryan said, “No. I mean Mark’s a great competitor, and I know that about Mark. And Mark is our starting quarterback. There’s no doubt about it. Will we have some things for Tebow each week? Yeah, absolutely. Tim is an outstanding football player. We’ll use him obviously in our Wildcat package. And I think we’ll take it to another level this year. I think Tim’s obviously an outstanding teammate. Everybody says that about him. And I love his competitiveness. He’ll fit right in with the guys we already have.”
Tebow, who was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Jets on Wednesday with a seventh-round pick for fourth- and sixth-round selections, became the Broncos starter in 2011 after they started off 1-4. He proceeded to lead Denver to a slew of come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter, including one over the Jets. Frequently running and passing out of a triple-option offense, Tebow and Denver finished 8-8 in the regular season and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.