FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The New York Jets ended a disappointing season with a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. While Rex Ryan is undoubtedly upset with the way his team performed this year, he has to be relieved that he no longer has to deal with arguably the ugliest quarterback situation in the NFL.
When the Jets acquired Tim Tebow, Ryan warned opponents that they had better be prepared to face both Tebow and Mark Sanchez. It didn’t exactly work out that way, and Ryan all but admitted on Sunday that he had no confidence in Tebow.
“No, I made the decision. It was my decision to stay with Sanchez,” Ryan said when asked if he considered starting Tebow against Buffalo. “I was the only one who made that decision. It’s on me, and obviously it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.
“If I thought Tebow would have helped us win the game playing quarterback or defensive tackle. I would have played him.”
Simply put, he didn’t think Tebow would have improved New York’s chances. And aside from a few Wildcat snaps here and there throughout the first 15 games of the season, he clearly didn’t think he could have helped the Jets at any point. With the way things had gone all season, he probably didn’t think Sanchez could help the team, either. If he did, he wouldn’t be so adamant about changes being made in the upcoming offseason.