It only took 15 weeks and cost the New York Jets their season, but the decision has been made to officially bench starter Mark Sanchez in favor of backup quarterback Greg McElroy. The story started out as a rumor this morning but was quickly turned into truth, something Jets fans have waited way too long to hear.
According to a source, Rex is leaning toward starting Greg McElroy on Sunday vs. Chargers. #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 18, 2012
While the decision was still up in the air as of early Tuesday, the discussion wasn’t whether the battle is between Sanchez and McElroy, it’s between McElroy and Tim Tebow. Rex Ryan was entertaining the idea of starting Tebow but has ultimately come to the decision that McElroy is the guy that will audition for the starting gig next Sunday.
I’m told Rex still discussing QB dec with staff, but looks like McElroy. However, Tebow still involved in equation. This could be weird.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 18, 2012
It’s amazing how seriously the quarterback situation in New York has been botched. The Jets traded away some high draft picks to get Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos this offseason, and through 15 games this season they’ve used him on less than 5 percent of their plays, and lately he’s been delegated to just punts.
While McElroy deserves to start over Tebow, the only reason for this is that we actually saw some production out of McElroy in that game against the Cardinals two weeks ago. Tebow had a rib injury that prevented him from playing, but one of the massive blemishes on the Jets season is going to be how poorly they handled the TIm Tebow situation because of how easily they were sucked in to the ESPN-Tebow vortex from Hell.
Either way, Sanchez is finally out in New York (for now) and McElroy is in. But it’s way too little much too late for the Jets, who aren’t going to look back on these past two seasons very fondly.