It's tough for Rex to make a case for Sanchez, as he threw three interceptions in his first nine dropbacks on Sunday against the Cardinals, and had his team with zero points when he was pulled with about five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Greg McElroy came in, as Tim Tebow was injured, and got a huge ovation from the crowd - they didn't care that he was a 7th round pick who had bashed their locker room last year, they just wanted to see someone other than Sanchez under center. McElroy, on his very first possession, led the Jets down the field for a 69 yard drive capped off by a McElroy touchdown pass.
So after McElroy comes in, gets the crowd and players as excited as they've been in months, and leads the Jets to victory, Rex Ryan wants to go back to his second love (behind feet, of course), Mark Sanchez? That doesn't make much sense to me.
It would be one thing if the Jets had a realistic shot of making the playoffs, and Sanchez had gotten his team to a decent record, but Sanchez went 4-7 this season and has lost six of the last eight games in which he wasn't benched. The Jets' season is pretty much in the toilet, so they need to evaluate the talent they have on their roster. They know what they have in Sanchez (not much), so it's time to see what these other quarterbacks can give you.
McElroy threw his first NFL pass on Sunday, and finished 5 of 7 with a touchdown. He's been a winning quarterback his entire life, so who knows? Maybe they have a hidden gem on their roster, but he's being suffocated by Rex's irrational undying commitment to Sanchez.
And of course, what we all want to see, would be Tim Tebow getting the nod. Can he make the magic happen again? Was he a fluke? Is he the real deal? This is the perfect time for the Jets to get their answer to that question.
Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum together agreed to give Sanchez his outlandish contract worth nearly $60 million, so maybe they're just too stubborn to admit they washed that money down the drain and go with another signal caller. Or maybe Rex is really just the worst judge of quarterback talent we have in the NFL. These are things I can neither confirm nor deny.
If there was ever a quarterback situation that was the absolute polar opposite of the 49ers, it's what we've got here with the Jets. And if there was ever a "Tebow Time," it was about two or three weeks ago, though this week would suffice, I suppose. But hey, with Sanchez remaining the starter, at least we may get to see another butt fumble...