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Jets’ Coach Rex Ryan Loves his Safeties

By Alan Schechter

Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Open minicamp workouts are in the books, and with them, are the typical head coach press conferences following the practices. For coach Ryan, this is no different, as he is always ready to talk about his roster.

One of topics on his list was a major one on the Jets’ organizational mission statement. Competition. Specifically, competition with his safeties:

I think you’re exactly right. That’s an excellent competition going on right now with Antonio Allen, with Jaiquawn Jarrett, with (Josh) Bush and guys competing. There is this young man, (Bret) Lockett from UCLA, who’s doing some nice things (and) Donnie Fletcher. There’s some good competition at that safety position, certainly. The thing that I like doing is firing a bunch of new stuff at them. We’ll see how they adjust because that’s what happens in a game. (Over) the course of a game, (when) something’s not working, you have to make a change in a firestorm as we put it.

Rex went on to talk about a candidate he is a fan of, Jaiquawn Jarrett, liking his hitting abilities as quite good and important to coach.

One topic Rex wouldn’t take the bait on, despite constant questions to the contrary, was Tim Tebow. He addressed his signing briefly:

To the Patriots? Well again, I’m happy for him. You look throughout our league now, you’ve got Tim with New England, you’ve got Dustin Keller in Miami, you’ve got Mike Pettine and company in Buffalo. There’s a lot of my former guys throughout the league. You’ve got Shonn Greene in Tennessee that we’re going to go up against. But with that, I always wish those guys the best unless they play against us obviously.

Neither Rex Ryan, nor the players, would talk about Tebow, and that is a good thing. The organizational plan is to focus on what goes on with your own team, and that is exactly what they are doing.

At least for the time being, the circus has left the building.