Tim Tebow reportedly struggled in training camp over the weekend, going 1-of-7 passing Sunday, according to NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, however, isn’t worried in the slightest.
“I’m not concerned at all,” Ryan said Monday morning on “NFL AM.” “Training camp and you are installing different things and all that, so sometimes the defense is going to have the advantage and sometimes the offense is, and generally the start of training camp the defense is well ahead of your offense.”
Ryan said the prospect of possibilities that Tebow brings to the table outweighs the question marks with his mechanics or what he brings to the offense.
“As Tim Tebow would say himself, ‘I’m extremely excited,’ and that is the truth,” Ryan said. “When you put the ball down and it’s 11 on 11 for real, and there is tackling and all that, he brings an entirely different element.”
Tebow’s struggles in training camp, in Ryan’s mind, partially stem from the defense the Jets are running.
“Right now, we are running coverage you will never run against Tim Tebow,” Ryan said. “If he is your quarterback, you know the 2-man and all that, because all he is going to do is take off with it and run.
” … That is who Tim Tebow is he gives you that, as well. It’s not just the way he can throw the football but it is everything else.”
Ryan also reiterated his best defensive coach in the NFL comments to the “NFL AM” crew.
“I’m just basing it on facts,” Ryan said. “I think if you go back and look at it for 10 years that I’ve been either a defensive coordinator or head coach or how many years it is. I think overall in that period I’ve ranked third in the league, never finished worse than sixth in defense, and I don’t think anyone else in the league can say that.”
Ryan said he knows he will be criticized for his comments, but he isn’t worried.
“I’m just basing it on facts. I know it to be true and I think our team does as well,” Ryan said.