Ryan: Tebow isn't frustrated

Posted: October 06, 2012

If Tim Tebow is frustrated with his limited role in the New York Jets' struggling offense, Rex Ryan doesn't sense it.

Ryan said Thursday that he understands how competitive Tebow is but added that the backup quarterback hasn't expressed any unhappiness. Tebow has played in just 31 of the Jets' 257 offensive snaps after being acquired from Denver in March to back up starter Mark Sanchez and provide a spark to the offense.

Despite the team's struggles, Ryan said, "Specifically, him being frustrated by his role and everything else, I don't see that."

Many fans and media are insisting Tebow should play more on offense, with some even calling for him to supplant Sanchez as the starter.

Payton may attend game

The NFL has granted permission for Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt to attend New Orleans' home game Sunday night against San Diego, in which Drew Brees can break a tie with Johnny Unitas for the NFL record of consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown pass.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Brees, tied with Unitas at 47, asked that Payton, Loomis, and Vitt be allowed to attend even as they continue to serve suspensions of various lengths in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.

Colts honoring ill coach

The Indianapolis Colts plan to honor coach Chuck Pagano by selling T-shirts, handing out wristbands, and promoting a blood drive.

Pagano was diagnosed last week with a form of leukemia and has been undergoing treatment at an Indianapolis hospital.

Beginning Friday, the team's pro shop will sell special edition Chuckstrong T-shirts for $20. Proceeds, team officials say, will benefit leukemia research at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.

Titans' woeful defense

Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray knows his Titans have a big problem and hopes they're embarrassed enough to fix it.

Tennessee has given up an NFL-worst 151 points through the first month, 20 more than the next-closest team. The Titans are giving up an average 37.7 points per game. That's a pace of 604 points, which would shatter the league record for most points allowed in a season of 533 by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

USFL back in business

The United States Football League says it will kick off its inaugural season in the spring of 2014.

The original USFL played from 1983 to '87, then went out of business after winning a lawsuit against the NFL and collecting only $3.

When the reformation of the league was announced earlier this year, organizers targeted playing next March. Now, that date has been pushed back a year.

This article contains information from Inquirer services.

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