Tim Tebow: Rex Ryan and Jets Brought Constant Tebow Talk on Themselves

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16 :  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets reacts after running for a first down against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 27-10.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan, you don't get to be annoyed by the constant questions about and attention given to Tim Tebow. Like it or not, this is what you and the Jets signed up for when they traded for him. 

Sorry, Rex, but you don't get to have your Wildcat and, um, eat it too. Because that would be gross.

And you certainly don't get to be perturbed with reporters after they ask you questions about Tebow, as you were on Sunday (via Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday):

A day after the Jets (1-1) mustered only 90 rushing yards—22 of which came courtesy of a Wildcat run by Mark Sanchez's backup—Ryan grew more and more snippy when asked why he chose to limit Tebow and the Wildcat in Sunday's 27-10 loss to Pittsburgh.

"We've always said from Day 1, we can do it 20 times, 40 times, 10 times, two times. Whatever," he said of the formation. "But we determine that, OK? It's not just going to be that these specific things have to be lined up. It's just that that's exactly what happened in this game."

Tebow seems like a good guy. He's certainly a great Wildcat quarterback. I'm sure his presence has been a positive one in what was labeled a dysfunctional locker room by the end of last season.

But with Tebow come a tornado of hype, scrutiny, strange poses and even controversy. The speculation about his role—and whether or not he'll eventually replace Mark Sanchez if the incumbent struggles—will never go away.

Again, you should have known this was the case when you traded for him.

I'll give you this, Rex—your team was coming off of a game in which it was totally outclassed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. You were probably pretty annoyed in general, and any question you didn't like probably was going to get on your nerves.

But when it comes to Tebow, you have to grit your teeth, choke out a smile and mutter a few noncommittal cliches. You aren't allowed to bring home a parrot and then get annoyed every time it repeats something you say, after all.

I sympathize with you, of course. I don't get why people care about Tebow so much. I don't understand why we all write about him so often, either. And I certainly can't figure out why people constantly ask questions about him or search his name on Google, hoping to find some new tidbit about the impact Tebow didn't have on any particular game.

But it all happens nonetheless, and you and the front office brought it into your locker room. So deal with it.

You have no one to blame but yourself.


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