Why Rex Ryan Couldn't Make the Switch to Tim Tebow, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 26, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan talks with Tim Tebow #15 against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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In reflecting on some writing from the year during the holiday weekend, a leftover item that never got published caught my eye.

Just before the weekend, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York shared his thoughts on why the Tim Tebow experiment failed for the New York Jets, and a couple of his thoughts in particular jumped off the page. An unnamed player (there always seem to be a lot of those on the Jets) explained why Jets head coach Rex Ryan could never have made the switch to Tebow:

"He was so bad in practice, one player said, that Rex Ryan would've lost the locker room if he had elevated Tebow to the starting job during one of Sanchez's early slumps."

It turns out, his poor practice performance was far from the only inhibitor to acceptance in the locker room. As Cimini notes, the players were never too keen on Tebow, right from the beginning.

In terms of collateral damage, Tebow's presence changed the team dynamic. His post-trade news conference annoyed players, and some felt he coveted the spotlight too much for a backup player, undermining Sanchez.

It's hard to blame Tebow for any of this, as he wasn't the one who called for the press conference, having said during that press conference, "The reason I'm doing this today is because I have bosses, too, and they wanted me to stand up and talk to all of you, so I can blame it on them because they made me do it."

Regardless of who's to blame, it came to a boiling point before the Chargers game when Tebow asked to be removed from the team's Wildcat package, according to ESPN New York. What could have been the ultimate opportunity for Tebow eventually turned into the ultimate disappointment.

Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Field Yates of ESPN Boston reflects on the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Dolphins earlier in December as New England prepares to play host to Miami this coming Sunday.

Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com says that anyone acting like they know what is going to happen to New England in the playoffs is lying.


New York Jets

Brian Costello of the New York Post says former Jets head coach Bill Parcells would be the perfect guy to help pick the next general manager for the Jets. 

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com thinks the Jets would be making a big mistake by not moving on from general manager Mike Tannenbaum completely.


Buffalo Bills

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News points out that behind cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the depth chart is rather thin for the No. 2 cornerback spot, resulting in a revolving door.

According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio, the Bills have placed tight end Scott Chandler on injured reserve. Chandler's 43 receptions currently rank second on the team.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post wonders why Dolphins running back Reggie Bush hasn't been used more as a receiver this year, and shares other thoughts in his talking points column.

Adam H. Beasley of The Miami Herald reveals that wide receiver Brian Hartline was dealing with a back injury and defensive tackle Randy Starks was dealing with a family tragedy in the week leading up to Sunday's game against the Bills.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.