NFL Notebook: Ryan not ready to make call on Jets quarterback
Rex Ryan has three quarterbacks at his disposal — Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy. The Jets coach said he has no idea which one will start Sunday in Jacksonville.
“Right now, I definitely need more time to make that decision,” Ryan said Monday.
He anticipated making the announcement by Wednesday. Whatever it may be, he said it will be based on the good of the team.
Said Ryan: “There are a lot of decisions you make as a coach that are tough decisions ... If you always put the three priorities first: the team, the team and the team ... the decision is sometimes easier.”
• The latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL's bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Vilma said his appearance went well but declined further comment citing a request for confidentiality by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who has been appointed to oversee the proceedings.
• Nick Foles is the quarterback of the present for the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Andy Reid said Foles will remain the starter for the rest of the season, even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion.
• Defensive line coach Jim Washburn was fired Monday, the latest shakeup for the sinking Philadelphia Eagles. Reid dismissed the abrasive Washburn just hours after the team's eighth straight loss, 38-33, at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Former defensive line coach Tommy Brasher will replace Washburn.
• Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis on the final play on Sunday came with an even bigger cost. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee — forcing the talented rookie receiver to miss the remainder of the season. Broyles tore the ACL in his left knee when he was a senior at Oklahoma.
• Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he is sticking with Christian Ponder as the team's starting quarterback, even after Ponder's struggles in a loss to Green Bay. Frazier says he thinks it is important to have an established No. 1 quarterback, and he still believes Ponder is that guy.
• Tackle Jake Long's absence from the lineup will help the Miami Dolphins decide whether to keep him next year. Long hurt his left triceps in the first half of Sunday's loss to New England, and the Dolphins fear he'll miss the rest of the season. That means Long might have played his final game for Miami, because he can become an unrestricted free agent this winter.
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