New York Jets coach Rex Ryan on Monday responded to a report that backup quarterback Tim Tebow asked not to be used in any Wildcat packages in Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.
Tebow was active, but did not play in the 27-17 loss to the Chargers.
"I'm not going to get into private conversations that I have with players," Ryan said. "But it was my decision to use Jeremy Kerley in the Wildcat, no question."
Ryan said that Tebow is a competitor and acknowledged that he knew Tebow was "disappointed that he was not named the starter."
Greg McElroy started in place of the benched Mark Sanchez. When Tebow learned on Tuesday that McElroy would start instead of him, he told Jets coaches he did not want to be used in situational plays, according to ESPN.
Ryan was vague when asked further about Tebow's lack of involvement in the Jets' offense.
"Again, I'm not going to discuss private conversations," Ryan said. "I have discussions with players all the time. But I'm not going to get into what he said, this or that, timing of this. I believe if his number was called, without question, he would have gone in and played."
Kerley, a wide receiver, was a quarterback in high school and ran the Wildcat in practice last week in Tebow's absence.
Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano have said that Tebow was brought to New York to run the Wildcat, but he did not play a single snap either as a punt protector or on offense Sunday.
"Well, he's still got two cracked ribs," Ryan said. "But again, he's been cleared to play. We played him the week before in a series (against the Tennessee Titans). But he still has two cracked ribs."
Ryan would not comment on an ESPN report that Tebow will likely be released or traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars after the season.
The Jets waived wide receiver Mardy Gilyard on Monday. Gilyard, who started the season with the Philadelphia Eagles, appeared in two games with the Jets. He caught two passes for 15 yards.