Rex Ryan: Tim Tebow not expressing frustration

Tim Tebow runs off the field after a

Tim Tebow runs off the field after a game against the San Francisco 49ers. (Sept. 30, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In Jets' quarterback news Thursday, everything was nothing.

Tim Tebow said he is not frustrated by his lack of a greater role, despite speculation.

Owner Woody Johnson has not pressured general manager Mike Tannenbaum or coach Rex Ryan to use Tebow more, Tannenbaum told ESPN New York radio.

Ryan is not in some lonely valley of indecision. "Mark [Sanchez] is our starting quarterback," he reiterated.

At least, that's what the principals were saying.

"No," Tebow said of not having more input in the offense. "Yeah, you get frustrated when you lose games. I think that's natural. Other than that, just trying to work hard, get better. Whatever my role is, do it to the best of my ability."

The atmospherics so familiar to a struggling team -- the starting quarterback getting static for his ordinary play and the backup being closely watched for some show of disgust -- are everywhere. Even alongside the repeated denials that anything is changing or should change.

Ryan kept saying what he's been saying. "I don't know specifically" whether Tebow is annoyed by his inactivity. "I know how competitive he is. When you look over at that sideline, him and a lot of guys are, like, 'We want to change the situation. We want to win.'

"I think everybody we have feels that same way. Specifically, him being frustrated, about his role or anything else, I don't see that."

Ryan and the coaching staff, Tebow said, "Didn't tell me specifically anything" about how he would be used when he was acquired. And Ryan danced around the question of what vision he originally presented to Tebow.

"Tim likes the competitiveness of this group,'' Ryan said. "He is a competitive guy and I think, when we even talk to him about protection -- 'What do you think of this?' -- this guy is all for it. He's not a guy that, 'I'm not going to do this, I only want to do this.' He's just the opposite. Right now, to him, if you said, 'I need you to play defensive tackle,' Tim would go, 'No problem. Tell me where to line up; let's go.' That's the mentality he has."

But he is a quarterback, Ryan said, and "there's something inherent with that position that you have to be tough, the old skin like an armadillo -- that's armor, not skin, but still -- you have to have that thick skin. Because not everybody is going to write beautiful things about you.

"And if you have a poor game, it's going to be right there in front.''

Center Nick Mangold guessed that such a reality "can wear on a quarterback," which is one reason he doesn't want to play the position. Nor would defensive end Mike DeVito. "I don't think I could handle the pressure," DeVito said.

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