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Monday, December 3, 2012
Ribbing Rex: Coach admits Tebow mistake

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Eleven days later, Rex Ryan finally admitted he made an error in judgment by dressing a banged-up Tim Tebow for the Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots.

"Quite honestly, I let Tim talk me into activating him the week before, and I think that was something I regretted, and I wasn't going to let him talk his way into it this time," Ryan said Monday, alluding to his decision to sit Tebow on Sunday against the Cards.

Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan dressed Tim Tebow on Thanksgiving. He now admits that was a mistake.
Ryan said he made a coach's decision to deactivate Tebow (fractured ribs) even though he was medically cleared by the doctors. Greg McElroy moved up to No. 2, rallied the team to a come-from-behind win, and now the Jets are embroiled in a quarterback controversy.

Tebow's health will be a storyline this week as the Jets prepare for a road game against the Jaguars (2-10), a homecoming for him. It's not a slam dunk he'll be activated for the game. If he isn't, there could be a fan uprising in Jacksonville, where Tebow is a football icon.

"We'll have to monitor his situation as the week goes on," Ryan said, adding, "I don't think he's near 100 percent."

That would seem to eliminate Tebow from starting consideration. Would he be the No. 2 quarterback? Could he be inactive for the second week in a row? So many questions. Tebow said he's not sure if he'll play.

"I feel like I'm healing up, getting there," he said during a conference call with reporters. "I think it's just a trainer-doctor-coach thing now."

Tebow said he could've played Sunday.

"Could I have forced it and went out there and played? I think I could've managed it," he said. "But it's not my decision, it was theirs."

Tebow confirmed he received X-rays Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but said he hadn't received the results.

This has to be an extremely frustrating for Tebow, who conceivably could get leapfrogged on the depth chart by McElroy. He refused to be drawn into the controversy.

"I'm not getting into hypotheticals," he said. "I'm just trying to get healthy now. I'm trying to improve every single day, so I can be a full (participant) in practice."

Tebow took only five first-team reps last week, according to a source. It's obvious the Jets don't see him as a potential answer at quarterback. Conspiracy theorists are suggesting the Jets purposely deactivated Tebow for the Arizona game so they could put McElroy in position to play.

Tebow insisted he's not wondering about his future with the Jets.

"I guess one of my favorite quotes is, 'You don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future,' " he said.