FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In retrospect, Rex Ryan wishes he had kept his mouth shut last week, when he suggested he might expand Tim Tebow's role.
"It probably wasn't the smartest thing, me coming out with that statement," Ryan said Wednesday.
The Jets' coach created a headline the day after the embarrassing loss to the Dolphins, declaring he'd use the bye week to examine Tebow's role and ways they might be able to expand it. It wasn't just an off-the-cuff remark; he said it with conviction.
Upon further review ...
"If we're going to use him more, or we're going to use him the same, or less, if I think it's an advantage to this football team one way or another, I'm not going to share it," Ryan said. "That's kind of where I look at it now. Literally, did we look at Tim? Did we look at each guy, how we're using our guys? We did."
Ryan said he wouldn't be surprised if some defensive players have expanded roles, starting Sunday against the Seahawks. As for Tebow, who knows?
Ryan and coordinator Tony Sparano have hinted several times throughout the season that Tebow could see more playing time, but it's starting to sound like a broken record. Tebow has played only 60 offensive snaps, an average of 7.5 per game.