While at Jets camp earlier this year, we watched as Jets coach Rex Ryan, who had just sprinted in from a sudden torrential downpour and was still sopping wet, dutifully spent about ten minutes answering question after question about Tim Tebow. He'd just run a whole practice, with a new team he'd essentially just met, and all anyone wanted to talk about was Tebow. How'd he do in practice today? How's he getting along with Mark? Did you see when he was running shirtless? Ryan chuckled through the questions, and we thought, This is the only coach who could deal with all this. He's just absurd enough himself. Well, that patience finally ran out yesterday.
You see, the Jets lost Sunday, and Mark Sanchez didn't play well ... and that means all the questions we were expecting, the reason everyone was concerned about the Tebow trade in the first place ... well, they popped up.
Ryan got a couple of questions about why Tebow didn't see the field until the third quarter — particularly after he had a 22-yard run and then was replaced again by Sanchez, who then threw two incompletions — and he'd finally had enough.
We always said from day one, we can do it 20 times, 40 times, 10 times, two times, whatever," Ryan said of the Wildcat, taking a bit of a defensive tone. "We determine that, OK?" ... "Right now, we think Mark gives us the best chance to be successful in that particular situation against that particular opponent," Ryan said. "Those are things we'll always look at, but I believe Tim can pass. We'll make the decision on when a guy's out there and when he's not out there."
And so it begins. And it will never, ever end.
By the way, we love the headline on the ESPN New York piece: "Rex Ryan shows Tebow fatigue signs." We should have been running a headline on this site every day for the last two years: "Earth shows Tebow fatigue signs."