Rex on Tebow: I'm happy for him

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan had plenty of thoughts (surprise!) about the Patriots signing his former backup quarterback, Tim Tebow, whom he described as "a tremendous young man, very competitive." Here are some of them, courtesy of ESPN New York:

On Tebow: "You have to give the young man credit. He put in tons of work and our coaching staff put in tons of work trying to improve him from a technical standpoint and things. And like we said before, this is a tremendous worker who wants to get better and certainly there are some things that he could get better at, really with anybody. With any young player there are things you can get better at. It wasn’t overlooked. We spent a lot of time trying to develop him as a quarterback. And to his credit, he spent a lot of time trying to get better."

On Tebow's time with the Jets: “We’ve already mentioned that it didn’t work out here. Obviously, Tim had more success in Denver than he did here so, it is what it is.”

On Tebow signing with the Patriots: "I'm happy for the young man to get another opportunity in the league. ... It’s not a surprise to me that Tim would be picked up, obviously as I’ve said before, tremendous young man, very competitive and I look forward to competing against him.”

Curious about how the Pats will use Tebow?: "Not really. Nope. If they want to replace Brady with him, that’s fine.”

Advice for Belichick in dealing with Tebowmania? "Oh please. He's not going to listen to me and he shouldn't. He’ll just do what he does and that makes sense."