Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/6/14

The new and mellower Rex Ryan got a little bit surly Monday after he was questioned about his team's poor performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers and, in particular, the Jets decision to pull Tim Tebow and the Wildcat offense just when it seemed to light a spark in his struggling team in the third quarter.

Ryan, who was more than happy to wax poetic on the Wildcat all summer, became agitated yesterday when asked for the reasoning behind pulling Tebow — after two consecutive third-quarter first downs — and replacing him with ineffective starter Mark Sanchez on a second-and-16.

When a reporter began to ask, "If Tebow can pass ...," Ryan interrupted, "He can pass," before the question could be finished.

When asked about the sparse use of the Wildcat in the first two games, Ryan clenched his teeth.

"Well, we've always said from day one, we can do it 20 times, 40 times, 10 times, two times, whatever. But we determine that, OK?," said Ryan. "Does that mean that given the exact same scenario against a different opponent that you may or may not use it? That'll be up to us."




For all the talk about Tebow's skills as a runner and passer, the big question remains: Why won't the Jets let the fullback-sized quarterback throw the ball?

Through the first two games, Tebow has not attempted a single pass.



"We always do what's in the best interest of our team," said Ryan.

Apparently having the awful Sanchez go 3-for-17 for 22 yards during a stretch — the same total Tebow picked up on his first play — was in the best interest of the Jets.

Can Tebow be more interesting?

"What I loved about Tim when he was in there when he made that big run, the emotion and all that kind of stuff," Ryan said. "It was great to see. How many times we'll run it this week, we'll see."

You think Ryan would have seen these questions coming a mile down the pike as soon as Sanchez sputtered and would have been prepared.

He later told ESPN radio he wasn't rankled by the Wildcat questions.

"I was upset with the loss," Ryan said. "I'm not worried about a question about Tim Tebow."

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Paul Pierce could opt out of contract, join Clippers

Report: NBA exploring moving start of Finals up

Isaiah Thomas: Danny Ainge wants my input on free agents

Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

Report: Ray McDonald arrested again for domestic violence

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Baseball players in the military: A tribute

'Free Tom Brady' rally draws about 150 Patriots fans

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

WATCH: Khris Davis trolls umps after controversial homer

Is Adrian Peterson leveraging himself out of the league?

Mascot creates controversy with 'Police Lives Matter' sign

The Talented Mr. Blatt

The curious case of Frank Kaminsky

Is the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova a dirty player?

LeBron lifts Cavaliers to brink of Finals, but are they ready?

Will Phil Jackson give himself a chance to succeed with Knicks?

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

Could the NBA Finals be moved up?

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Ballplayers in the military: A tribute

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.