New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media that he was very disappointed to hear about anonymous players dogging out quarterback Tim Tebow to the media.
“If you’re going to make a negative comment, that’s fine,” Ryan said on Wednesday, per the New York Daily News. “We never say that it always has to be a bed of roses. But again, put your name to it. I think people will respect you a lot more.”
Ryan says he addressed the situation with his team.
“Did I address it? I absolutely addressed it,” Ryan said. “Because I think it’s a cowardly thing. If you’re not going to put your name to it, I think that’s about as cowardly of a thing as there is. I even mentioned that. I said, ‘Look, if…’ Well, I don’t want to get into specifics of what I said. But I did address it with our football team. I absolutely did.”
Ryan insist nothing will come between his team.
“If you’re searching for things to try to drive a wedge through the team and all that… my thing is that I believe in this team,” Ryan added. “I believe this team is like this and will continue to be like this and maybe even come tighter. I’m confident that that will be a case.”
Ryan believes this incident could draw his team closer together.
“I think this team is coming together,” Ryan said. “Could this galvanize it? I don’t know. Maybe so. This team, in my opinion, is not going to be pulled apart by outside people. I think inside the walls we are going to (close). That’s what’s going to give us an opportunity. If I’m wrong on that, obviously that’s going to be a different issue. I don’t believe that. I believe this team is coming together. We’ll see if there’s no cracks in the armor or whatever, we’ll find that out. Maybe we’re not there right now, but I believe we will be.”