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Rex mum on Tebow role

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Blowing smoke to the bitter end, Rex Ryan declined Wednesday to spell out Tim Tebow's role this week as the Jets prepare for their final game.

Ryan said activating three quarterbacks for the second straight week is a possibility, and he also said using WR Jeremy Kerley in the Wildcat is a possibility. Asked specifically about Tebow, Ryan said, "We'll see how it goes."

It appears that Mark Sanchez will be No. 2, backing up Greg McElroy, but nothing is in concrete. It's possible that Tebow could be relegated to spectator status again.

The coach also remained tight-lipped when questioned about the Tebow controversy, the backup QB asking out of the Wildcat last week.

"Like I said, Tim would've gone in the game if I would've chosen to have him in the game," said Ryan, sidestepping the issue.

PRO BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced at 7 p.m. Wednesday. This will be a tough year for the Jets, who could conceivably get shut out. Ryan mentioned CB Antonio Cromartie, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, S LaRon Landry, LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, C Nick Mangold and RG Brandon Moore as deserving candidates.

MASTER OF THE OBVIOUS: Reflecting on the season as a whole, Ryan his disappointment with the overall performance of the offense.

"I was really excited," he said. "I thought we would do a lot of creative things, including using the Wildcat. ... The passing game, that's kind of been a disappointment. When you look at it from a numbers standpoint, it's an obvious disappointment."

Clearly. The Jets are ranked 30th in passing offense, ahead of only the Chiefs and Vikings. Ryan said the loss of WR Santonio Holmes (foot) and injuries to TE Dustin Keller changed the way opponents played them, meaning they were able to stack the box with defenders and key the run.

Ryan also expressed disappointment with the defense, although he never actually used that word.

"Going into the season, I really thought we were going to have a terrific defense," he said. "I think I said top-five defense, but I expected better than that."

The Darrelle Revis injury, of course, was a devastating blow. The Jets are ranked No. 7 in total defense, but No. 2 against the pass.