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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Rex Ryan: Tim Tebow will learn Wildcat

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Newly acquired quarterback Tim Tebow will learn the New York Jets’ package of wildcat offensive plays as well as the team’s regular offensive system in his role as the backup to starter Mark Sanchez, Jets Coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday.

“Tim is going to come in and learn our offense and also the wildcat,” Ryan said at the AFC coaches’ breakfast at the annual league meeting.

Tony Sparano, the Jets’ offensive coordinator, oversaw Miami’s Wildcat offense when he was the Dolphins’ head coach.

“I’m excited what [Sparano] can do with a guy with the skillset that Tim has. . . . It’s 11-on-11 football,” Ryan said. “You’re going to have to defend the quarterback in the running game . . . I think the wildcat is alive and well.”

The Jets obtained Tebow in a trade with Denver after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning last week to take over as their quarterback.

Ryan said he didn’t watch Tebow’s introductory news conference Monday.

“I think it’s interesting because we were going to get criticized one way or the other, whether we had a press conference or didn’t have a press conference . . .. With Tim, he has such a following,” Ryan said. “We recognize that. But we made the decision as strictly a football decision. He’s a good football player.”

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