I know. This is just Rexy being Rexy, and we wouldn’t expect anything less.

Even though he can be annoying and obnoxious, as time has passed I think we’ve taken Rex Ryan’s quotes for granted. Hate him if you wish — and so many do — but we can all agree on this: in the sea of white noise that is the inconsequential post-game drivel when a camera is put in front of a head coach’s face, at least Ryan seeks to entertain.

Funny thing is, I like fun more than boring. Yeah, I’m weird like that. So I was anxiously waiting to see how Ryan would address his quarterback situation at this week’s owners meetings in Arizona. Or more accurately, his quarterback debacle.

He didn’t disappoint. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News asked Ryan if Mark Sanchez has a “leg up” entering the Jets’ offseason training activities, and later training camp. His answer?

“A leg up? Somebody has to take the first snap.”

That’s pretty much all Mark Sanchez is good for at this point. Taking the first snap.

Eventually Tim Tebow will be cut and then he’ll seek employment in the arena league, because that’s the only place where getting paid to play football is a possibility for him. In fact, if this was any other team we’re discussing, I’d say that Tebow’s continued presence on the roster is downright baffling. Alas, it’s the Jets.

Once he’s cut, that will leave Sanchez, the recently-signed David Garrard, and Greg McElroy. Sadly, with the current construction of that depth chart, a 35-year-old who hasn’t thrown a pass in a competitive football game in two years (Garrard) is the slight favorite over Sanchez, who hasn’t thrown an accurate pass in about the same length of time (completion percentage of 54.3 in 2012, with a 66.9 passer rating).

Matt Hasselbeck’s time on the open market lasted about an hour yesterday, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was promptly snapped up by the Titans. So if the Jets seek to add any other respectable QB depth, their only option could be Kevin Kolb.

Comments (4)

  1. The arena league? I think Tebow has at least one more option, ala Flutie and Warren Moon. He should come play in the CFL. The Bombers could use a QB. lol. Who knows, maybe a bigger ball might help those terrible overthrows.

    • Putting a quarterback who can’t pass in a passing league with a wider field and three downs would be an even worse disaster than what we’ve seen from Tebow in the NFL. Not sure about the bigger ball theory, but as great us Flutie was up north, we forget that he struggled significantly in his first CFL year.

      Flute could throw, though, so he bounced back. Tebow hasn’t demonstrated an ability to do that during his professional career.

      • Interesting thing was getting Flutie’s take on Tebow in the NFL Films A Football Life episode on Tebow. He feels Tebow has what it takes to cut it in the NFL despite what everyone says. The guy found a way to win and has a great attitude. I’d like to see him get at least one more honest shot at it. The Jets are a bad place for him though thats for sure.

        • The QB wins statistic is highly overvalued, and irrelevant. Sure, Tebow led some nice game-winning drives in Denver, but the majority of the time he was severely harnessed and rarely asked to pass throughout the rest of his games. More importantly, he was put in a position to execute those drives because his defense — and specifically, the pass rush — kept the score close, and the running game kept the clock ticking.

          Quarterbacks don’t win games. Teams win games.

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