It’s been a long season for coach Rex Ryan. The team has not been anywhere near his standards with a 6-9 record, which wears down any coach. But along with that are the Tebow questions. They dominate every press conference, no matter what has occurred, and it is finally getting to coach Ryan. The questions were understandable, as Tebow was active for the game, but not used in the Wildcat. Whether Tebow asked not to be used or not, he wasn’t used, so that does create questions. Rex understood, but seemed finally tired about having to discuss the subject:
I can understand it, but understand what I’m telling you is that there’s nobody in this ballpark that thought we were throwing the ball with Kerley. If you say you really did, I don’t know if you’re being truthful because I knew exactly that. If we put somebody else in to run the Wildcat or run that version of it, they’re going to come down. That’s exactly what happened. I thought we could create some big plays in it. We got some opportunities to make some big plays, and there it was. We hit the first one and I think if we let the ball go a little earlier, (Clyde Gates) goes in for a touchdown. We had a couple of passes up off of it. That was my decision. I told (Coach) Tony (Sparano) I want to put Kerley in these situations and here’s why. That’s exactly what we did.
He tried to play it off as the element of surprise with Kerley, and that may be part of it. The fact is, Tebow never figured into these guys plans. Right or wrong, this is the truth. In a week, the Jets will be able to move on from this experiment that was an epic failure.