While a good chunk of the country is still questioning Tim Tebow's ability as a quarterback, the Jets' backup quarterback should be happy to know that his head coach would be completely confident if he was forced into the starter's role.
"The guy is a physical presence," Jets coach Rex Ryan said on the Dan Patrick Show Monday. "He's 250-something pounds. He's a rock back there. I think that he's throwing the ball with more accuracy -- the numbers will say that. We chart every pass and everything else. He's been more accurate. I think he's picked up the system pretty well.
"The best thing he does, one of the great things he does, he can put that ball down underneath his arm and run with it. Obviously when you don't have pads on or anything else, you don't see that yet, but that's something that he can do well."
It will be a preseason full of learning experiences for Tebow. Aside from learning a new offense, he also will have to become accustomed to being the team's personal punt protector. Ryan thinks Tebow will handle it just fine.
"It's going to be hard for teams to rush the punter when you always have that threat," Ryan said. "With Tim back there, he can throw it, he can run it. It's gonna put your antenna up there. You're not gonna be able to rush the punter the way you've done.
"You can say, 'People are gonna run him over.' That's fine. He's 255 pounds. He's going to give it out as well as he gets it."