After an impressive press conference-opening filibuster where he discussed his defense at length, Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wasn’t ready to make a call on his starting quarterback yet.
“I need a little more time to make that decision,” Ryan said with a bit of a grin, knowing what he was wading into.
To be honest, there’s not a good decision at this point. He’s benched an ineffective Mark Sanchez. He watched third-stringer Greg McElroy win an ugly game. His deactivated backup, Tim Tebow, is so popular at the site of their next game that the Jaguars are taking off tarps to accommodate his adoring legions.
The Jets have to play this one carefully, because they have $8.5 million in guaranteed money next year in Sanchez. Fixing him needs to be the priority, and giving him a chance in a winnable game makes more sense than bowing to public pressure to start a more popular player.