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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Rex Ryan won’t take bait on Obama’s comments


It’s the new, non-controversial Rex Ryan. (Bill Kostroun / AP)
Rex Ryan really has changed.

In the good old days, President Barack Obama’s comments about New York Jets’ quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow would have been delicious chum for Ryan. Not now.

“It shows how popular our game really is,” Ryan said. “Every single person has an opinion, and it seems like they have an opinion on our football team. But it’s amazing, this is the president of the greatest country there is, and he’s talking about the New York Jets football team. I’ll say this, I respect President Obama, and I respect the fact that this is his opinion.”

Anything else to add?

“That's it,” Ryan said. “I'm not taking the layup and all that jazz. That's it.”

Boo. That’s no fun. So just what did Obama say?

“I gotta tell you, I don't like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” he said in an interview on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus (via the New York Daily News). “So if I was a Jets fan, I'd be pretty nervous. Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man, and he's got just a great winning attitude. He really steps up when things count.

“But there's going to be a lot of tension in that situation, so it'll be pretty interesting to see how it plays itself out."

Actually, he has a point, but never mind. Ryan wasn’t buying into it. And Jets’ players?

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie: “We don't have a two-quarterback system.We have a one-quarterback system, and that's with Mark. The Jets fans shouldn't be worried at all.”

Wide receiver Patrick Turner: “Shoutout to Obama — I'm behind him 100 percent. But I think this will be the first time a two-quarterback system will work. Tebow, for what he did last year, I felt like he kind of changed the game a little bit. That's why he's here. Guys are behind him. I'm behind him 100 percent. What he can do is something special.”

Left guard Matt Slauson: “He doesn't play football for the Jets.”

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