Given the way things have played out over the last week for the Jets, there’s no surprise that their choices at quarterback are front and center this Sunday.
The way they’ve moved to the forefront is a bit of a surprise. Greg McElroy, who replaced Mark Sanchez last Sunday and led a drive for the only touchdown in the Jets’ 7-6 triumph over the Cardinals in one of the worst offensive football games you could ever hope to see, is inactive for the game in Jacksonville. Tim Tebow, who was not active last week because of broken ribs, is on the 46-man roster to serve as Sanchez’s backup.
It’s been quite a week for McElroy. Last Sunday was his regular season debut in the NFL and he played well enough, i.e. better than Sanchez, that he was in the mix for the starting job at the start of the week. Even after going with Sanchez, Rex Ryan talked about keeping all three quarterbacks active this Sunday with the implication being that McElroy would again serve as the backup/relief pitcher after coming through with the win against Arizona.
The Jets haven’t shown any interest in playing Tebow as an actual quarterback this season and resisted several prime opportunities to replace Sanchez with Tebow earlier in the season. It would likely thrill some of those turning out to see Sunday’s game in Tebow’s home city of Jacksonville if the Jets did make that call.