FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan finally came clean Thursday on who he'd like as his quarterback in 2013.
"I'll be honest with you, if I had Tom Brady, I'd be happy with that," the Jets' coach said. "We don't, but there are only one or two other guys" at that level. He mentioned Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
News flash: Brady, Brees and Manning aren't available, so the Jets will have to make due with what they have or find alternatives for 2013.
The futures of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are very much up in the air. The Jets are open to trading Sanchez, according to multiple reports, and they're planning to part ways with Tebow, ESPNNewYork.com reported Wednesday.
Ryan declined to comment on anything pertaining to 2013 -- Sanchez, Tebow or embattled offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
"Anything dealing with the future past Buffalo (the final game) will be handled after that," Ryan said.
For the second straight day, Ryan, who benched Sanchez in favor of the unproven Greg McElroy, was non-committal on his former starter. Ryan said not to read into it.
"Whether it's not a ringing endorsement or whatever ... I have absolutely zero focus on that right now," he said. "Everybody knows I've been supportive of Mark Sanchez. I think he still has the skill set to be a good quarterback in this league and we've won a lot of games with him."
Ryan praised Sparano's work ethic and ability to deal with injuries, but he sidestepped a question about his coordinator's future.
"You know the policy of this organization is not to discuss those things until the appropriate time, which is after the season," he said.
The Jets are 30th in total offense and 28th in points per game, but they're up to 10th in rushing. Ryan praised Sparano for the improvement in the running game. As for the passing game, he stated the obvious, stating "we haven't been efficient."
He added, "It's not like we've ever been New England or somebody like that."