Jets Ownership Isn’t Pressuring Rex Ryan to Start Tim Tebow, According to GM Mike Tannenbaum


October 5, 2012

Jets Ownership Isn't Pressuring Rex Ryan to Start Tim Tebow, According to GM Mike TannenbaumJets fans might be trying to pressure Rex Ryan into starting Tim Tebow over Mark Sanchez, but the team’s ownership reportedly isn’t applying any heat.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reported this week that “two people who know [Jets owner Woody] Johnson, and know how he runs his football operation, believe he will push his football people to start Tebow,” which added fuel to an already burning fire when it comes to the Jets’ current quarterback situation.

When asked about whether there’s outside pressure to start Tebow, however, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum — as you probably expected — declined that that’s the case.

“There isn’t,” Tannenbaum said via ESPN Radio, according to The Newark Star-Ledger. “Rex, Woody and myself, we talk all the time. We have a great relationship and we have a good, robust debate about what’s best for the team, but playing time is always going to be driven by Rex. We’ll talk to Woody about what we’re going to do… but Rex is in charge of who plays.”

Tannenbaum also addressed the notion that the Jets may regret acquiring Tebow because of his minimal impact thus far. Again, as you’d expect, Tannenbaum declined that being the case.

“Of course we did,” Tannenbaum said of wanting to acquire Tebow in the offseason. “If we didn’t want him, we wouldn’t have traded for him. Rex, Woody and I felt good about that transaction. Tim hasn’t had a lot of opportunities…but we’ll see how the next few games play out.”

It doesn’t matter who’s pulling the strings in the Meadowlands. The Jets better hope the next few games play out better than Sunday, or else the cries for Tebow could become unavoidable.

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