The Greg McElroy experiment will not see the light of day in Week 17, and former starter Mark Sanchez will once again be under center for the Jets. McElroy suffered a concussion in last weeks loss to the Chargers and won’t be ready to go for the Jets season finale against the Buffalo Bills, paving the way for Sanchez to regain his role as the starter.
Of course, what will be made the bigger story is the fact that Tim Tebow has been passed over for the second consecutive week. In all honesty you had to expect the move given the “tension” that has been building between Rex Ryan and Tebow, but it still stings a little to hear that Tebow had another chance to be the starter and was passed over for the guy nobody wants.
“Obviously, Tim isn’t happy with it, as you’d expect,” Ryan said after he made the announcement.
But what the bigger story should be is the fact that McElroy suffered what seems to be a concussion and never told anyone about it. According to the Jets, McElroy never reported feeling any symptoms of a concussion and it wasn’t until he developed a severe headache while lifting weights that alarm bells began to ring.
“He wasn’t exactly truthful with our training staff,” Ryan said.
As of earlier this morning, McElroy hadn’t been officially diagnosed with a concussion, but he’s not going to play on Sunday nevertheless. Ryan says that he passed over Tebow in favor of Sanchez based on his success Week 1 against the Bills. In that game, Sanchez and the Jets sucker punched the haters that called them out for looking like a terrible team in the preseason.
In response the Jets pounded the Bills 48-28 with Sanchez looking brilliant the whole way. Well, we all know how that ended, but at the very least Sanchez gets one more chance to prove himself before the offseason comes. The Jets have said they’re hanging onto Sanchez but with one more chance to mess everything up, anything is possible.