Rex Ryan has a message for New York Jets fans who grow impatient with Mark Sanchez and start chanting, "Te-bow, Te-bow, Te-bow" at the first sign of trouble with Mark Sanchez: Save your breath, Sanchez is staying in the game.
Ryan is ready to unleash the Wildcat offense against the Bills in Sunday's season opener but won't cow tow to fans screaming for Tebow as soon as Sanchez throws an interception or fumbles.
"I don't care what I hear," Ryan told the New York Daily News
on Thursday. "So it doesn't matter. They can yell, they can do all they want. Mark is our quarterback and that's the way it is. Am I excited to have Tim here? Of course. Because I know we brought in an outstanding football player. I knew that from day one and that's the way it is."
Ryan has spent the whole week defending his starting quarterback. A day after Santonio Holmes said Sanchez was "rattled" when the Jets traded for Tebow, the head coach came to Sanchez's defense and disagreed with Holmes' assertion.
"His motivation is much more than having Tim here," said Ryan.
Yesterday Ryan was back to doing what he has become accustomed to — having Sanchez's back.
"I hope fans are always supportive of us. I understand if things aren't going well that they have every right to voice their displeasure," Ryan said. "But there is only one guy that ultimately would make a change at quarterback."
After a poor preseason, where Sanchez failed to get the ball in the end zone, Jets fans are getting a little antsy. The Jets have kept the Wildcat under wraps all summer and fans are anxious to see the Jets' version with Tebow at the helm.
All it will take is a couple of failed drives to fill MetLife Stadium with screams for Tebow.
Ryan is at a turning point with the Jets. Another post-season without an appearance won't fly with team owner Woody Johnson. The same owner who said, "You can never have too much Tebow."
Even the head coach doesn't know how well the Wildcat will work because they haven't used it in a game.
"Am I excited to see it? Sure," said Ryan. "I'm excited because I think it's going to have a place in our offense."
"J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets" may be replaced by calls for Tebow if Sanchez has a rough start. Let the chanting begin.