Have the Jets finally found a solution to their QB problem?
Yesterday, after yet another terrible performance by Mark Sanchez, and with Tim Tebow sidelined due to Injury, coach Rex Ryan handed over the reins to 3rd string QB Greg McElroy for the end of the game.
McElroy actually played extremely well, going 5 for 7 and engineering the go-ahead touchdown drive, finishing with a TD pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland.
McElroy wasn't asked to do a whole lot with the football, and the Jets definitely dumbed down the offense a bit for him, but he was about as efficient as he could have possibly been, and got the Jets the win after Sanchez was completely ineffective for most of the game.
Could this be the solution that the Jets need, at least for the short term?
They just signed Sanchez to an extension, in an apparent attempt to placate his ego after they flirted with Peyton Manning. Still, it's clear that Sanchez has not improved since entering the league. If anything, he has regressed significantly.
Sometimes, regardless of the perceived talent and potential of the replacement, you just need a change. If they can go back to a simpler, more basic offense with McElroy, focusing primarily on ball control and clock management, they might be able to sneak away with a couple extra wins.
Either way, it's clear that Sanchez and Tebow aren't the answer.