Rex Ryan: Tim Tebow will be 'a major contributor' in 'Wildcat specifically'
Rex Ryan said on Sunday night that Tim Tebow will be a "major contributor" to the Jets offense next season.
Namely, how much will Tebow contribute on the field. According to Rex Ryan, in an interview with NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, it will be a lot.
"Tim is going to be a major contributor to our football team," Ryan said. "With the Wildcat specifically, the great thing is you don't know if we're going to run it one snap a game or 20 snaps a game -- you have no idea. Every week it could be different. That's some of the preparation problems he gives you."
It makes sense that Ryan traded for Tebow with the idea that he'll play a lot. Otherwise, trading for him wasn't a smart move, even though he was heavily undervalued because the Broncos were desperate to dump him. For my money, Tebow can work with what the Jets want to do. He doesn't turn the ball over, he keeps the rock on the ground, and he creates a different dimension of an offense that's been largely predictable (although sometimes effective) over the past three years.
Perhaps the bigger concern for many people is how Tebow will react to the trainwreck that is the Jets locker room. Ryan believes it won't be a problem.
"I truly believe Tim is going to fit in to our locker room," Ryan said. "What I believe is the strength of our team the last two years was our locker room. Obviously we learned what happened from this past year and things. I'm tired of dwelling on it, to be honest with you. Our team is close."
OK, the "strength" of the team last year wasn't the locker room. But there's an argument that the team's locker room was a big strength the previous two years, when the Jets reached the AFC Championship Game. Tebow could potentially assist in improving the quality of the locker room, particularly if he establishes himself as a leader.
None of that will matter if he doesn't produce on the football field, though. And his presence will only exacerbate the drama if Mark Sanchez also falters.
That's the nightmare scenario for Ryan and the Jets, and while it isn't anything close to a sure thing, it's certainly a concern. You can bet Ryan will guarantee it's not happening though.
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