John Idzik says Jets will encourage competition at QB

New Jets GM John Idzik talks to the

New Jets GM John Idzik talks to the media during a press conference introducing him. (Jan. 24, 2013) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- There will be a "constant influx of competition" on the Jets, new general manager John Idzik said. And that includes the quarterback position.

Although Idzik offered little insight Thursday into the status of Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, he later confirmed on ESPN radio that there will be competition in the quarterback room.

"I know Mark is a competitor," Idzik said. "He's not averse to competition. He'll probably welcome it. And it'll make everybody better and that's going to be our direction."

New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has made a name for himself using the West Coast offense. Ryan believes Sanchez can succeed in 2013 if he's able to put last season behind him.

"I believe Mark needs to erase his hard drive," Ryan said of Sanchez, who completed only 54.3 percent of his passes and threw 18 interceptions. "I think it's new. He's got to be excited about it. And the fact he's reaching out to Jeff Garcia] to get an idea about it tells you how much he wants to [succeed].

"John mentioned there will be competition at every spot, and he's trying to get a head start."

Idzik wouldn't say whether Tebow will return. On ESPN radio, the GM said he'd prefer to sit down with the coaches and "ask what happened last year" and "how do we envision going forward" before making personnel decisions.

Owner Woody Johnson on Thursday denied a report that the March trade for Tebow was "forced" on him and team president Neil Glat -- an assertion reportedly made by GM candidate Ted Sundquist. The Jets did not hire Glat until April.

Jets name assistants. Ryan named Dennis Thurman as defensive coordinator, David Lee as quarterbacks coach and former Fresno State secondary coach Tim McDonald as defensive backs coach. McDonald played safety for the 1994 Super Bowl champion 49ers. Ryan promoted quality control/defense coach Brian Smith to assistant defensive backs coach.

Rex glad no one hurt. Ryan was asked about his involvement in a three-car accident Jan. 14 in Bethlehem, Pa. He received a written warning for running a red light, according to the police report. "Thankful no one was injured,'' he said. "Wish it never took place."

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