Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ryan Punts on QB

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ryan Punts on QB

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FLORHAM PARK - Before he fielded questions at his news conference Monday, Rex Ryan praised several members of his team for their roles in the win over Arizona on Sunday. That group included first-year punter Rob Malone, whom Ryan said would get a game ball.

Perhaps inspired by that, Ryan himself then punted.

The coach chose not to name a starter at quarterback for the Jets' game at Jacksonville on Sunday, saying he needs more time to weigh his options. He also made it clear that backup Tim Tebow is in the mix to potentially start against the Jaguars, along with benched starter Mark Sanchez and third-stringer Greg McElroy, who guided the Jets to their only points Sunday.

"I think right now I definitely need a little more time to make that decision," Ryan said. "I've got three guys that I'm confident in."

Ryan indicated he expects to have the decision made before the Jets practice Wednesday, which is the day they begin installing the game plan.

"I make decisions [based] on what gives us the best chance to be successful," Ryan said, adding the decision would be based on what gives the Jets the best opportunity to beat the Jaguars, as opposed to being based on long-term goals.

Ryan pulled Sanchez, who threw three interceptions against Arizona on Sunday, in the third quarter. The Jets (5-7) inserted McElroy, who was active for the first time in his pro career. He dressed because Tebow was inactive with two fractured ribs.

Tebow has sat out the last two games because of the injury, although he did dress for the 49-19 loss to New England on Thanksgiving night.

"He is a proven winning quarterback in this league," Ryan said of Tebow, although he admitted, "I don't think he's near 100 percent" physically.

Ryan said Tebow was cleared to play Sunday by the Jets' medical staff, but Ryan chose not to activate him. He added that he "regretted" letting Tebow talk him into being active for the Patriots' game. Tebow is a Jacksonville native, so Sunday's game certainly will have plenty of meaning for him.

Both McElroy and Tebow were made available via conference call Monday. Sanchez was not. McElroy was asked to make a hypothetical case for himself to be the starter, and replied, "There's no case being made. …

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