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Rex: Switch from Sanchez to McElroy “best for our team”

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Early in his press conference Tuesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan was talking about the switch from quarterback Mark Sanchez to Greg McElroy.

“Where the team is now, I think it’s best for our team,” Ryan said. “I truly believe I think it’s best for our team right now. That’s how I feel about it.”

That’s a short way of saying that with playoff chances eliminated and Sanchez coming off a five-turnover game, there’s nothing to lose in the short term.

Ryan apparently wasn’t thinking about the long-term, because he talked around questions about Sanchez’s future.

When asked why McElroy wasn’t considered when the playoffs were still a possibility, he said: “I’m not going to get into all the other particulars.”

Ryan said he didn’t know yet whether Sanchez or Tim Tebow would be McElory’s backup Sunday. He said he told Sanchez the news last night, but didn’t decide who to start this week against the Chargers until this morning, after “a lot of conversations,” with members of his staff.

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41 Responses to “Rex: Switch from Sanchez to McElroy “best for our team””
  1. alewatcher says: Dec 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    There are probably plenty of guys reading this blog that would be a better choice then Sanchez.

  2. bdawks20 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:04 PM

    Hey Rex, you should probably bench yourself because you’ve made this franchise a joke

  3. jetfan28 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:06 PM

    I’m one of like 5 people that thinks that the Sanchez can be a good qb. Just not with this organization.
    They have done everything wrong in helping him succeed. Bad rb’s. below avg o line. One of the worst receiving corp I’ve ever seen. Tebow undermining him. An O coordinator that takes him out at all the wrong times. Total disorganization around the Offense. Wr’s not even knowing where to line up.

    Now that the whipping boy is benched, the team needs to address the GM because no matter who is brought in, they will NOT succeed under these conditions.

  4. redlsx says: Dec 18, 2012 5:07 PM

    Either Tebow or McElroy will be better than Sanchez. Both of them are mentally tougher.

  5. tennis22drew says: Dec 18, 2012 5:14 PM

    “I truly believe I think”….. Lol

  6. dabutcha114 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:15 PM

    Best for the team would be you leaving Rex!

  7. atlho says: Dec 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    I wish Tebow would get a chance

  8. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:27 PM

    Honestly hope they lose out been saying for weeks , we need a better draft position.
    Hope Mc shows something to know we have a backup to whoever will be starting next year

  9. cubsisles72 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:30 PM

    Did Rexy and the jets not see Tebow reel off 6-8 straight wins including a beautiful spiral to D Thomas hitting him in stride to beat the Steelers in the PLAYOFFS last year!!! Start Tebow!

  10. FinFan68 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:33 PM

    Seems Sparano made himself another Henne. He did exactly the same thing in Miami. Sanchez has looked bad before but Sparano took it to a whole new level. It’s not ALL Sanchez.

  11. bmore44 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:40 PM

    Tebow has to be scratching his head

  12. jbl429 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:41 PM

    No Rex, the best thing for your team would have been to bench Sanchez a long time ago…like last season!

  13. JackAcid says: Dec 18, 2012 5:45 PM

    This press conference isn’t over a year overdue or anything.

  14. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    Ryan is just throwing things at the wall to see if they stick. He is a coach that inherited a decent team and now in a matter of a few short years destroyed it. too bad.

  15. thebadguyswon says: Dec 18, 2012 5:56 PM

    Get your resume updated big fella.

  16. mensamember says: Dec 18, 2012 5:57 PM

    To all the peeps who actually watched every Jets game for the last four years, you will probably agree with me on this. The rest of the morons who catch the highlights on ESPN or NFLN dont have a clue on what is actually going on with the JETS.
    Rex is a very good coach who came up through the ranks as an expert on defense. So of course he wont be as astute on offense. He screwed the pooch with Sparano. You can predict 80% of Sparano’s play calling. Almost every time Sanchez started to move the ball in comes Tebow to do absolutely nothing but put Sanchez in a big hole to dig out of.
    The offensive line can run block but has problems on pass protection, usually at RG.
    Devestating injuries for the JETS this year. Revis and Holmes on IR early in the season. Keller, Hill, Mcknight

  17. jpb12 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:01 PM

    Jets were in AFC championship game two years ago. They have a top 5 defense. They lost Revis. It’s clear that Rex and Tannenbaum are victims of circumstances… They have Sanchez under contract for another year. They should stay the course. They should also keep Tebow next year. He is a tremendous asset. All they need is for the head coach to be a little more optimistic about his team and their chances.


  18. vaphinfan says: Dec 18, 2012 6:04 PM

    I feel bad for Tebow. A wasted year and why in the world did the jets ever trade for him?

  19. mensamember says: Dec 18, 2012 6:07 PM

    Kerley, Powell all missed time. Keller a significant amount.
    Sanchez has been put in a horrible situation and it has shown as his propensity to turn the ball over has dramatically increased.
    Simple fixes actually. New OC. Acquire a WR,RG and a Safety.(Edwards looked good last night)
    Trade Tebow.
    Bring in 2 QBs to compete with Sanchez.(He may be a goner already)
    The draft and free agency need to focus on Offense. The defense would be greatly improved just by cuttting down on all the turnovers committed by the Offense.
    Really not that difficult to pull off during the off season.

  20. jkaflagg says: Dec 18, 2012 6:07 PM

    Tough year for Sanchez; played poorly but injuries to key teammates plus the Tebow circus have a lot to do with it as well…..

    Also a good reminder that while good QB play is key, it’s only part of building a successful team…..Sanchez is rightfully praised for his four road playoff victories in his first two seasons, while Matt Ryan is scorned for his 0-3 playoff record (same as Peyton Manning’s in his first 3 playoff games) despite the success and stability he has brought to Atlanta…..anybody want to trade Mark Sanchez for Matt Ryan today ? Ryan has not played well in the playoffs (yet), but Atlanta has never had more than a average defense; while the Jets defense was the catalyst for most of Sanchez’ playoff success…..

    Always good to remember that Trent Dilfer and Mark Rypien have Super Bowl winning rings….while Dan Mario and Warren Moon do not.

  21. beretta96d says: Dec 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    Jetfan28, I think you’ve nailed it there! I’m a pats fan and was watching out of playoff curiosity, and I couldn’t believe the circus I was watching! Sanchez was lining up WR’s and almost not making the clock, poor blocking, dropped passes, Tebow coming in and out…’s a nightmare.

    I’m impressed he hasn’t snapped at the media yet! Give him props for that much!

  22. nyjets1017 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:10 PM

    I would have given anything to be there when Rex told Him he’s benched

  23. thebadguyswon says: Dec 18, 2012 6:11 PM

    Because they’re run by idiots.

  24. DonRSD says: Dec 18, 2012 6:14 PM

    TEBOW picked the Jets.
    He could’ve went to Jacksonville.
    Either way – Sanchez sucks.
    Why in the world would anyone hire Sparano as an O coordinator!!??
    As a Giants fan living in South Florida – Sparano = run, run, pass, punt.
    The guy just sucks. He ran the Fins into the ground too.

  25. boyshole25 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:18 PM

    No kidding Rex everyone has said that for two years

  26. shaggytoodle says: Dec 18, 2012 6:22 PM

    In the offseason the switch from Rex Ryan to _______.

    Will be the best for the team. Not a fan of NY teams they all want to run around pounding their chest. I find it quite humorous when chaos breaks out there.

  27. infectorman says: Dec 18, 2012 6:46 PM

    Anyone else notice how WIDE OPEN Powell was on that pick into the endzone intended for Edwards ( I think)

    Powell moves out of the backfield into the center of the field where TENN linebackers had been and is wide open for an easy 4-7 yard gain in normal circumstances.
    However, there was no-one within 10 yards of him. He could caught it and ran to inside the 10 yards line before anyone caught him, maybe even break the plane.

    Sanchez is a fool – take the what the D gives you and matriculate the ball down the field, score a TD and win the game. Jackwagon

  28. beckzhere says: Dec 18, 2012 6:46 PM

    Tebow to Jax!!

  29. thejuddstir says: Dec 18, 2012 6:57 PM

    Just a little late don’t ya think Rex ! Ya notice where Rex always ends his decisions with “I think”

  30. bhester1906 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    This is the fault of the Jet organization. Not saying Sanchez would be some great qb, but he wouldn’t be this bad with better coaching. I mean you do nothing but have a great defense, ground and pound run game, and just ask the QB to not screw up. What do you think is gonna happen when those things go down and you ask the QB to run the show?

  31. rushmatic says: Dec 18, 2012 7:20 PM

    jetfan28 says:

    I’m one of like 5 people that thinks that the Sanchez can be a good qb. Just not with this organization.
    They have done everything wrong in helping him succeed. Bad rb’s. below avg o line. One of the worst receiving corp I’ve ever seen. Tebow undermining him. An O coordinator that takes him out at all the wrong times. Total disorganization around the Offense. Wr’s not even knowing where to line up.

    Now that the whipping boy is benched, the team needs to address the GM because no matter who is brought in, they will NOT succeed under these conditions.


    Patriot fan here. I’m going partly agree with you. I’m not sure Sanchez has the accuracy and decision-making skills inherent in great (even good) QB’s.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Sanchez being a whipping boy trying to survive in that disgusting NY spotlight, terrible supporting cast, etc. He’s been part of a bad locker room. Tim Tebow.

    I actually felt bad for him last night. He looked miserable playing a sport that he probably used to love (now that you’re safely in the rear-view I can say this).

  32. kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:23 PM

    Safe to say we won’t see Jets on MNF next season.

  33. kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:28 PM

    Have Jets hit rockbottom or does it get worse?

  34. bamasleeper13 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    I watched the whole game and the final play was a recap of their whole season. Just pathetic. I feel bad for Tebow, no one can explain why they even got him. Sparano has made it even worse, he needs to go!

  35. rollerino1 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:55 PM

    I hope the next “Breaking News” announcement is that Tebow has asked to be released and is currently clearing out his locker.

  36. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 18, 2012 8:29 PM

    You’re a little last for the party Rex.

    How can all Jets fans see that Sanchez is not an NFL QB but you can’t make a change until after he throws 4 picks in a game that ended all playoff hopes?

    Jets fans must be frustrated.

  37. patssteelersorgiants says: Dec 18, 2012 10:12 PM

    Hate the jets so this is awesome but Tebow should ask to be released.

  38. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:20 PM

    John Elway is a Hall Of Fame championship-winning QB. If he didn’t think he could win with Tebow, no team will – unless they scrap their entire system and build around the read-option. And no NFL team will risk their salary cap numbers to bring in enough guys to make the read-option work full time.

  39. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:28 PM

    All we heard from Jets fans two years ago was how Sanchez was a winner, how the two AFC championship appearances proved Sexy Rexy was the right guy for the job and blah, blah, blah.

    Well, here are some facts for you. Ryan has 34 wins in his first four seasons and 28 in his first three with two playoff appearances to boot although one was tainted because the Colts decided to field their junior B team in a game that allowed the Jets to sneak into the playoffs (oh, I can hear the howls of indignation from Jets fans everywhere). Well, Herm Edwards had 35 wins and 3 playoff appearances in his first four seasons and no one thought he was great. Joe Walton had 35 wins and 2 playoff appearances in his first four seasons and no one thought he was great. Bill Parcells had 29 wins and 1 playoff season (and missed the playoffs with a 9 and 7 record when Sexy Rexy got in with the same record) and everyone thought he had lost his magic.

    Ryan is a hack. And every Jets fan who crowed about him and Sanchez is now getting their comeuppance. Tastes really sweet from here.

  40. pisano says: Dec 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    The only problem with this move is it should have been done long before now, this move is like closing the barn door after the horses ran out. I blame the Jet front office for Sanchez, if they didn’t see by last year that he wasn’t a good QB they need to find someone to evaluate talent, then to add insult to injury, they extend Sanchez for two more years, what the hell were they thinking.

  41. austinoxford says: Dec 19, 2012 10:31 AM

    i sincerely hope that all you Jets fans clamoring for Tebow get your wish. Someone cited the Playoff game against Pittsburgh as evidence; 9-20 through 4 qtrs. 9 completions…in 4 quarters. That comes out to 2.25 completions per quarter. Should the Jets blow it up, draft a young qb and start over? *shakes magic 8-ball* “All signs point to yes.”

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