Mark Sanchez out, Greg McElroy in

AP

Rex Ryan has finally shown Mark Sanchez the bench.

Greg McElroy is in the game with a little more than five minutes to play in the third quarter at the Meadowlands. The move elicited a happy reaction from a crowd that was more than a little upset about Sanchez’s three interceptions in the first half. It’s McElroy’s first regular season appearance.

Sanchez was 10-of-21 for 97 yards overall and failed to lead the Jets to anything but punts on their first two possessions of the second half. Ryan Lindley’s been just as bad, so the score is just 3-0 if McElroy is able to make something happen.

And, yes, we do find the humor in the fact that Sanchez finally gets benched when Tim Tebow is inactive because of injured ribs. The 2012 Jets season wouldn’t have it any other way.

24 responses to “Mark Sanchez out, Greg McElroy in

  1. Its stunning how long this decision took. Sanchez is a backup QB at best. GMs always want to wait for guys to pan out but Sanchez is brutally bad.

  2. “And, yes, we do find the humor in the fact that Sanchez finally gets benched when Tim Tebow is inactive”

    Don’t think that’s a coincidence.

  3. Tebow could have played last week according to the Jets. He is inactive because they are playing the Cards and Rex knew he might have to bench Sanchez. The Tebow rib issue is essentially the same as the Vick/Alex Smith concussions. The coach does not want extra criticism about his decisions.

  4. What the hell is Sanchez writing on the sidelines??

    “I will not throw interceptions.”
    “I will not throw interceptions.”
    “I will not throw interceptions.”

    At least he was happy for McElroy.

  5. Rex is going down with Sanchez, too little too late. Like Harbaugh and Flacco, just the opposite end of the spectrum

  6. And now you know how badly the Jets did NOT want to play Tebow. They wait until the game where they finally deactivated him for an injury he’s supposedly had for almost a month, and then bench Sanchez.

    That allows them to save the embarrassment of admitting that McElroy was at least the second best QB on the team all along which they would have had to do when they played him with a healthy Tebow available.

  7. It’s almost as if they went out of their way to replace Sanchez with anyone but Tebow.
    What does that say about Tebows future?

  8. Camera caught a glimpse of Sanchez’s clipboard on the sideline:


    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.
    I will not be a bad QB.

  9. Tebow fans are going to make life miserable for Ryan and McElroy. If he didn’t have that enormous legion of lemmings following him and insisting he is the best QB to ever play the game despite the evidence to the contrary, he might actually be given a chance to be a 3rd string and develop somewhere, instead the sideshow comes along, I’m guessing he gets one more chance with Jacksonville before he ends up in the cfl.

  10. What do you bet Ryan says in the post game press conference that Sanchez is still his guy? I wonder if Rex even believes what he says.

  11. Benching Sanchez the week that Tebow is inactive shows that the Tebow trade was all Woody Johnson. Rex didn’t want him, Tannenbaum didn’t want him.

    The problem with Tebow is if you decide that he’s your starter then you really have to change your offense significantly and there doesn’t appear to be a team that’s willing to do that. Denver did it last year out of desperation but I don’t think you’ll ever see another team do that. Teams will keep looking for a more prototypical QB or at the very least a RGIII type that can throw it just as well as he runs it. There isn’t going to be a team that decides to go with a QB that only excels at the read option.

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