Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/11/12

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets holds up a picture of rookie running back Shonn Greene as he 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)

Rex Ryan has a new physique, but his mindset remains the same. His goal is the Super Bowl.

Ryan told The Dan Patrick Show the Jets' talent and youth gives him more confidence than ever before.

"The depth is really going to help us," said Ryan.

Ryan said he weighs about 257 pounds, down from 350 when he had lapband surgery in 2010.

The Jets went 8-8 and missed the playoffs last season, but stayed in the headlines with an offseason trade for Tim Tebow.

"Quite honestly, our team has handled it well. Tim has handled it well," Ryan said of the extra attention given with Tebow in the mix.

The Jets didn't acquire Tebow to be a sideshow attraction. He's not competing with starter Mark Sanchez in the truest spirit of the term, but Ryan and the Jets do view Tebow as a quarterback, among other things. He's working as the up man in punt protection, adding the threat of Wildcat plays and fake punts with risk-taking special teams coach Mike Westhoff calling those shots.

"The first thing you see is he's a guy with a physical presence. He's 250 pounds. He's a rock back there," said Ryan. "I think he's thrown the ball with more accuracy. We chart every pass. He's more accurate."

Coincidence or not, Ryan said Sanchez has enjoyed his best offseason with the team, reporting stronger and in great shape. But the only way for Sanchez to escape the constant criticism he hears from Jets fans is to turn his production into wins. Otherwise, the Tebow momentum could reach tidal wave strength as it did it Denver early last season.

"The touchdowns went up, the interceptions, obviously, the turnovers in general -- we fumbled the ball quite a bit and the interceptions," Ryan said of Sanchez. "It's a team deal. It always gets pointed at the quarterback it certainly wasn't all Mark's fault.

"We've just got to keep winning. Last year being 8-8 and out of the playoffs isn't what we wanted. This young man's won a lot of games -- a lot of playoff games. Four on the road."

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