Rex Ryan made a national cable television appearance this morning and showed that he’s in fighting trim for the start of training camp next week.
“I’m down 105 pounds,” the still-slimming Jets head coach told Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy on the Fox & Friends curvy couch bright and early this morning about dropping weight after topping off at 348 pounds. The Fox morning show was the start of a media blitz for the Lap-Band surgery that he underwent in 2010.
“My big thing is I want to be the Rex Ryan that wins. I did this for health reasons. I’m ready to attack this season.”
The main topic of the show besides Rex’s weight loss was what they labeled the “QB Quarrel” between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow as the two prepare to compete and run the Jets offense at SUNY Cortland in less than 10 days. Ryan broke no new ground in saying there is no question about how his quarterback depth chart will shake out: Sanchez is the starter. As for Tebow …
“I think the first two years we had much success when we had a guy named Brad Smith,” Rex said of the Missouri QB who arrived in 2006 and left for the Bills before last season. “And the guy who brought the Wildcat to the NFL, Tony Sparano, is our offensive coordinator. I’ve been a big believer in the difficulty of defending against it. It makes you play 11-on-11.
“And the best Wildcat quarterback in the league is Tim Tebow. All I’ll say about Tim is that he’s an outstanding football player.”
Carlson asked if there will be pressure on the coach to play Tebow more once the season gets under way? Rex said no.
“My job is to win games,” he said. “The pressure is that I just want to win. That’s what our fans want more than anything else. That’s my charge.”
Asked if his new svelte silhouette has earned him any new nicknames, he said of the fans, “No, they’re staying with the traditional ones.”
Tags: Fox & Friends, Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, SUNY Cortland, Tim Tebow
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