CORTLAND, N.Y. - Rex Ryan fell in line with his general manager Sunday, echoing John Idzik's stance on "collaborative" Jets decision-making. Even when it comes to who's under center.
"I think you guys are making a mountain out of a molehill, to be honest with you," Ryan said. "Ever since I've been here, not one decision has ever been made by one man . . . It's always a group effort on what is best for this year. And so, if I misspoke or misled in any way, shape or form, that's it."
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When discussing the quarterback battle in the past, Ryan has implied that he'd be the one making the call. "For me to make the decision to say the competition is over, it's going to have to be a hundred percent clear to me," he said June 5. "And if it's not, then we're going to keep competing until whenever. It won't just be my evaluation, but at the end of the day, I guess it will be if there's a split camp or whatever, then I will make that decision."
Some may assume that Ryan's voice doesn't carry much weight in Idzik's new regime, but Ryan insisted the GM has his back. "I know I have complete support from John and from Woody [Johnson, the Jets' owner]," he said. " . . . Don't think for a second that I don't feel 100 percent support from everyone in this organization."
So what happens if the QB competition is too close to call? "We'll be ready for that," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "And then you go on some gut instincts there." . . . According to Mornhinweg, the Jets are in the middle of their third or fourth installation and are learning 21 to 30 passes and four to eight runs at this stage of camp . . . WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow Jr. got a rest day. RB Chris Ivory (tight hamstring) did not practice. KR/RB Joe McKnight (migraine) participated but looked winded. He also was slowed by dehydration Saturday.