Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 9/18/12

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

Ukwuachu rape victim hires firm that prosecuted Winston

Leo Santa Cruz tops Abner Mares in slugfest

WATCH: Beckham makes great grab over Revis

SEC commissioner wrote classy note to injured Arkansas RB

John Daly taken to hospital after collapsing on course

Rex Ryan keeping Bills' starting quarterback a secret

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Braves fan dies after falling from upper deck

Randall Cobb suffers shoulder injury vs. Eagles

WATCH: John Harbaugh, Jay Gruden get into shouting match

WATCH: Brian Hartline drags toes on great TD catch

Julio Jones, Falcons agree on 5-year contract extension

WATCH: Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion blasts three homers, extends hit streak

WATCH: Ricardo Mayorga taunts Shane Mosley in ring, loses

Will Jimmer Fredette find success with Spurs?

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

American Pharoah upset at Travers Stakes

Steve Smith joins family in stands after getting ejected from game

WATCH: Cordarrelle Patterson rips off 107-yard return TD

Steve Sarkisian giving up most of USC's playcalling duties

Animal shelter cancels fundraiser at Heinz Field

Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

WATCH: James Rodriguez scores unreal goals

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Charles Barkley wants to blow his former agent’s brains out

The Texas Rangers are firing on all cylinders

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

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker