1495 Sports Jets Quotes from the First Day in Cortland

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1495 Sports is proud to bring these quotes from Rex Ryan, Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow from the first day of training camp in SUNY Cortland.

Head Coach Rex Ryan had this to say on how good it feels to be back:

“It does.  It’s funny, when you turn into Cortland it felt great and then you get into town and you see all of the Cortland people out there, it’s great.  We did miss it last year.  The thing about this is you are far enough away and, nothing against families or anything else, but you have each other and (you) have got football and I think that’s a good thing.”

On what the plans are for the first practice:

“You know I would like to scrimmage immediately but, with the new rules and all that stuff, we won’t be.  It is good.  Guys want to come out here and hit and everything else and that is kind of the thing you have to back down on because you have a few days before we are able to get the full pads on.  It will be teaching mode, it will be what they retained from the OTA’s and things like that.  That is pretty much it.  We will start tonight and we are going to build a football team. “

On how Tim Tebow is going to be used during training camp:

“Well, I know Westy (Special Teams Coordinator Mike Westhoff) has him as a personal protector, that and quarterback so at least two ways.  We will see.  Obviously, Tony has him doing some wildcat things, obviously learning our base offense as well.”

On the growth of Mark Sanchez as a leader:

“Two things I know for sure about Mark right now, he knows this offense better than any player on this team.  There is no doubt about that.  The other thing is you see the physical maturity of him as well.  This is as good as he has looked physically, the strongest he has been physically and I am excited to see how he progresses and everything else but I know we have got him mentally at his best and physically at his best.”

On the expectations he has for the rookies:

“Yeah, there are some. There are tons of them.  Obviously, bringing Quinton Coples in, bringing him in in the first round, you expect him to go out there and be a starter and a major contributor to you, same thing with Stephen Hill.  His physical talent alone is intriguing, but then when you consider some of the questions I had about him or any receiver coming in as a rookie is getting off the press, getting all that kind of stuff, learning the routes.  He comes from Georgia Tech.  One thing he should be able to do is block.  He only caught 28 balls and when you talk about ground and pound, those guys pound it in there more than we ever have.  There are some things, learning the route tree and everything else, he is way past that.  He can catch his balls, all the little things he has already shown, he is ready to get deep, there is no question but there is more to him than that already.”

Darrelle Revis had this to say on reporting to camp:

“I just want to be here. I want to be around the team and just play ball. I think that’s my focal point, just come in here and get prepared for the season.”

On weather holding out was a possibility:

“Everything is a decision. It is my career I have to see what the best fit for me and my family is. So there were talks, there were decisions made on what we’re going to do and it happens for me to be here.”

On when he reached his decision:

“Probably a couple of days ago, I had a team sit with my representatives, and we talked. We had numerous meetings through OTA’s but we talked and hashed it out and the best thing is for me to be here.”

On wanting to make progress with his contract:

“Something has to happen sooner or later in terms of my future with the team. Like I said, I want to be here and I hope Mike Tannenbaum and Mr. Woody Johnson want me here. Besides that, I just have to play football and keep on playing the best I can.”

On what he is most excited for this cam:

“Everybody is happy. Everybody is on a positive note. We are just excited. This is a new year for us and we are just trying to do what we can to get back to the AFC Championship game and hopefully go further.”

Quarterback Mark Sanchez had this to say on if it is good to be getting back to playing:

“I was real excited just driving through town getting back to where I think there’s some real magic up in Cortland. It’s our job as a team to find it here. It happened our first two years. I was a little skeptical when Rex Ryan said that we’re going up to camp my rookie year in 2009. You know it’s a long drive, you have to take the bus, but this is where we need to be. This kind of place, they’re so welcoming here at the University, in town here in Cortland. This is the best place to just shut the doors and focus on us, focus on football, and really start something special.”

On how big of a factor Tim Tebow can be in the offense:

“It is huge. He can help any team. We’re lucky to have him. It’s going to work out well. If anybody knows how to make it work, it’s Coach Sparano. Whether Tim runs, throws, is on special teams, he’s only going to be an asset for us, so we’re thrilled about his potential here.”

On how Tebow will be used:

“In meetings with Coach Sparano, I have a pretty good idea of what’s going on. It’s my job to focus on me being in there, support Tim when he’s in there, and play really well as well as make sure we’re all on the same page and lead this team. I think that we’re in the great hands with Coach Sparano.”

On what the most encouraging thing he has seen this spring:

“I think just our attitude and team morale. It’s very high right now. It’s not like they have something to prove, we’re just excited to go play again and start our season. Guys really do love this game, we love being a part of the New York Jets. We’re very fortunate here with an owner and a general manager who will do anything for us to win, give us the best personnel possible. I think the most encouraging thing is our attitude. Guys are very positive so it can only lead to good things.”

On his role with the team:

“I want to do my best to set a good example, being out on the practice field as long as we need to. Getting in bed early, getting the right sleep. Making sure we get good meals here. We’re lucky enough to have great food. The most important thing is just setting a good example. We’ll get a chance to interact with some fans we don’t get to see much up here, who don’t get the chance to go down to New Jersey and Manhattan to see the Jets play. We have our work cut out for us, but it’s my job to lead these guys.”

Tim Tebow had this to say on getting started in his first training camp with the Jets:

“It kind of feels like my first day of college; showing up to Florida.  No, it’s exciting; you know it will be fun to get away. I think it will be good for the team to just be here and isolated and kind of be together 24/7. I think that’s good bonding time for the team.”

On his relationship with Sanchez:

“Well, I think my relationship with Mark is great.  We’ve been friends since he hosted me at USC. We kept in contact over the break, we worked out several times together, spent some time together. So, (we) had a lot of fun besides just working out or besides just football stuff. He’s a great guy and everything. I know that I’ll support him and he’ll support me.”

On what he would say to people who think he and Sanchez will not work together:

“I don’t really have to say anything.  You have to go out there and work hard and try and do whatever they ask me to do and improve every single day, learn this offense and just try and contribute to this team.  I’m not worried about what other people are going to say and what other people have said, that’s not my job.  They don’t pay me to weigh-in on that.”

On whether he has a clear sense on how he will be used:

“I mean, we haven’t even started training camp so I don’t think there’s a clear sense on anything.  I think we all just go to work and try to get better every day.  There’s a lot of stuff that can happen in training camp.  That’s why we have training camp.  It’s officially the beginning of the year.  So, it will be fun.”

On the biggest adjustment he has had to make playing in New York:

“I don’t know, it’s hard to say.  I think, probably one of the biggest things is getting used to all the new relationships.  With everybody on the team, I feel like that’s something that’s gone really well so far.  But, you know, I’ve never played a game with everybody here and that’s a big adjustment. So, I think the preseason will help with that.  Getting used to seeing how guys react in good situations and bad situations, how you come together through adversity.  I think those are all huge things that will be big for me.”

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