Video is filtering in from the NFL Annual Meeting in Dana Point, Calif., and it’s no surprise that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is being asked about quarterbacks. Again. If Ryan had a nickel for every QB question …
Ryan starts out with a rather diplomatic answer to a question about the Jets pursuing a deal for Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler, before meandering his way to saying he is comfortable with holdovers Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge.
“Regardless of the position, if there is a player that we think can improve our football team, and you know, and be in our best interests to go after him … regardless of the position …. so, you know, that would just … I know that everything is written the way it is out there, but, quite honestly, I’m very happy and comfortable with the quarterbacks we already have,” Ryan said.
Ryan has been saying since the scouting combine last month that there will be an open competition at quarterback, with most of the reps split between Clemens and Ratliff. He refers to them as QBs “1” and “1A,” but we don’t know in what order.
“These are guys who just need an opportunity,” Ryan said. “They’re young quarterbacks, but they’re veterans in this system. We were fortunate to be able to keep Brian Schottenheimer as our offensive coordinator. This will be Kellen Clemens’ fourth year in this system. So, I think he’s not coming in as a rookie. He’s a veteran in this system. I think he should be able to take off. It’s a physical thing; it won’t be a mental thing with either one of these guys.”