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Rex says he’s rooting for Tebow — to replace Brady

Tim Tebow, Rex Ryan

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) watches from the sidelines alongside head coach Rex Ryan during the second half an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)


The Patriots might be trying to downplay the addition of Tim Tebow, but at least one opposing coach is rooting for him.

In fact, Jets coach Rex Ryan would like to see Tebow atop the Patriots depth chart, because that would mean Tom Brady isn’t.

Asked if he was curious how the Patriots would use the backup quarterback he never found a use for, Ryan cracked: “Not really. If they want to replace Brady with him, that’s fine.”

Ryan also admitted the obvious, after his one year of work with the newest Patriots quarterback: “It didn’t work out here. Obviously Tim had more success in Denver than he did here. So, it is what it is.”

It’s easy for Ryan to make shrug it off now, that the circus has moved on to another town. In fact, he opened his press conference Tuesday by alluding to the throng that had moved north.

“I have a funny feeling there’s going to be more questions about former players than there are current players,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

“It’s not a surprise to me that Tim would be picked up. Obviously, as I’ve said before, (he’s) a tremendous young man. Very competitive. I’m happy for him and look forward to competing against him.”

And if it turned out that the Jets competed against Tebow any significant amount, it might be Tebow’s greatest contribution to the Jets organization.