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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Rex: Media won't dictate Tebow time

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Another day, another round of questions about Tim Tebow's lack of involvement in the Jets' offense.

This time, Rex Ryan didn't get annoyed with the questions, but he made it clear he's not going to bow to media pressure to play Tebow in the Wildcat.

"We control it," Ryan said. "The media's not gonna drive it and the opponent, they're not going to have any idea what we're going to do with them. I'm certainly not going to let them know, 'Hey, by the way, Tebow is going to play 50 snaps this week.'

"I'm never going to give you a legitimate answer. I know the answer, but I'm not going to give it to you."

In the first two games, Tebow was an afterthought. Out of 114 plays on offense, he appeared in only 12 -- 11 at quarterback, once as an H-Back. In Sunday's loss to the Steelers, he didn't get in the game until the third quarter -- and he was three plays and out.

"When you look at this past game, we only had those three Wildcat plays, but, really, the Wildcat is a personnel grouping," Ryan said. "And sometimes you want to go with that personnel grouping and sometimes you don't."

Ryan may have tipped his hand by admitting that running back Joe McKnight will have an expanded role this week against the Dolphins. McKnight often is used in the Wildcat package, sometimes in motion across the formation. He played only one snap against the Steelers.

Of course, an expanded role could mean only two or three snaps. Ryan, who has become more secretive than ever, was cagey with regard to how much McKnight will play.