Coach Rex Ryan on Waiving Aaron Maybin for Kahlil Bell

October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New York Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin (51) during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Through the talk about Tim Tebow at yesterday’s press conference, Rex Ryan did get a brief opportunity to some actual football. Specifically, about Aaron Maybin, and his being waived in favor of Kahlil Bell. Here’s what Rex had to say:

There are a few things. When you look at your roster, I’m not saying that (Maybin) won’t be back, but you have to do what you think is in the best interest of your football team. With us having two backs (who) are questionable injury-wise, Bilal Powell having a concussion and Joe McKnight coming off an ankle injury, we felt we needed to bring somebody else in. I like Aaron. I love the way he plays. He flies around (and) does a tremendous job on the practice field. (The) numbers haven’t been there for him this year. I’m encouraged by the way Ricky Sapp played. I think he shows it on the practice field as well. That was the move we made at the current time.

I happen to agree with the Maybin move, whether or not he is brought back. There was a lot of hype around Maybin gaining weight to stay on the field as an every down player, and he has recorded a whopping one tackle with zero sacks. Maybin has not exactly earned his spot on the team anymore. The Jets just could have handled it better, by not pulling him out of a charity event.

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