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Sanchez is expected to be No. 2 on Sunday


Well, now we know how the Jets currently regard Tim Tebow in relation to Mark Sanchez.

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Sanchez will serve as the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday against the Chargers, behind new starter/previously consistently inactive option Greg McElroy.  Tebow, in turn, will be No. 3.  Which possibly means he won’t even dress for the game.

Coach Rex Ryan consistently has declined to comment on the identity of Sunday’s backup.  Most recently, Ryan dodged the question at a Friday press conference.

“I’m not going to make that announcement now because quite honestly, it’s going to be a coach’s decision and I’ll go ahead and make that decision later,” Ryan said.  “I’ve said there’s a possibility all three guys will be [active], there’s a possibility two will be [active] and I’m not going to make that decision just yet.”

The Jets, as we’ve reported, intend to explore all options with Sanchez in the offseason,  Mehta has reported that the options will include an attempt to trade Sanchez.  Some believe that, in the end, the Jets will have to keep Sanchez and his $8.25 million guaranteed salary.

These are issues about which Sanchez currently isn’t thinking.  Or, at a minimum, about which he says he isn’t thinking.

“I haven’t really thought about it, I’m focused on this game and the game next week and then we’ll assess all that stuff at a later date,” Sanchez said Friday.

That’s easy for him to say.  He knows that, no matter what, he’ll earn at least $8.25 million in 2013.

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84 Responses to “Sanchez is expected to be No. 2 on Sunday”
  1. msclemons67 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:05 PM

    Not surprising. Sanchez has been #2 in a bathroom sense his entire career.

  2. gcsuk says: Dec 21, 2012 11:05 PM

    How ironic. He’s been playing like Number 2 all year.
    Thanks. I’ll be here all week.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 21, 2012 11:07 PM

    Certainly been playing like number two

  4. edwinmoses says: Dec 21, 2012 11:07 PM

    The Jet’s are ran by a bunch of buffoons

  5. jnix182 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:08 PM

    Sanchez is mediocre but have to say id choose him over any of the QBs my chiefs have on their roster. Wouldn’t want tebow unless he’s willing to play fb or te

  6. damnws6 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:09 PM

    Regardless of the result of the next two games, Rex needs to be gone next year.

    There is no logic in this QB situation.

    Sanchez is sucking, have Tebow the #2.
    Tebow is hurt (but less than the previous week) so deactivate him, have McElroy be the #2 then pull Sanchez for McElroy.

    Then start Sanchez next game, have Tebow be the #2.

    Sanchez is sucking game but don’t put Tebow in. After the game give McElroy the starting spot and now possibly deactivate Tebow to have Sanchez your number two?!?!?

    I think it’s more than a why did you trade for Tebow; it seems like Rex has a personal vendetta against the kid.

    No need to screw him up even more than before for NO REASON.

    He’s lost my respect. This coming from a Jets fan.

  7. Gordon says: Dec 21, 2012 11:09 PM

    Oh, he’s a #2 alright.

  8. judsonjr says: Dec 21, 2012 11:10 PM

    I’m guessing there will be a lot of comments that Sanchez is always #2, even if he is starting.

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 21, 2012 11:12 PM

    I’m not sure I’ve seen a bigger quarterback mess than this.
    It’s mostly due to the way Ryan has mishandled it.

    The whole thing is comical….

    Bring in Tebow only to forget he’s even on the roster. Give Sanchez the whacky contract extension.
    The only real option they have at quarterback hasn’t even been active for most games.

    I think they should maintain the status-quo, from a coaching standpoint but bring in Rob Ryan to be D coordinator.

    Or… The way Ryan rolls, maybe he can put him in charge of the O line…

    Funny stuff, when you look at it closely.

  10. timegambit says: Dec 21, 2012 11:13 PM

    He’s sh*t every Sunday.

    And Rex Ryan is a No. 1-head.

  11. sd1024 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:13 PM

    Thank God their season ends in a week. I cant take anymore.

  12. goodellsadouche says: Dec 21, 2012 11:15 PM

    Sanchez always has, and always will be a big, fat number 2.

  13. francheyes says: Dec 21, 2012 11:16 PM

    Reminiscent of his playing style

  14. RoofDude says: Dec 21, 2012 11:16 PM

    Probably wont happen but, I hope Tebow goes somewhere & becomes successful. I’d love to see the guy come back & beat the Jets.

  15. shootscuz says: Dec 21, 2012 11:16 PM

    Great idea back up the new guy with the one who failed. God forbid you let the guy who turned Denver’s season around have a shot.

  16. kogeoff says: Dec 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    Are we talking about a different kind of No. 2 than he’s been all season??

  17. maddenisfordorks says: Dec 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    Sanchez >>> Tebow.

  18. theseaward says: Dec 21, 2012 11:22 PM

    Honestly. Does anyone care?

  19. kevinfromth says: Dec 21, 2012 11:23 PM

    Which is funny because he’s been a real #2 for his entire career.

  20. minimiggy says: Dec 21, 2012 11:24 PM

    The jets are run by a bunch of idiots. Play tebow maybe he can do what he did in denver.

  21. yourmomcalled says: Dec 21, 2012 11:25 PM

    A #2? Yeah, he’s usually a turd.

  22. finsphan says: Dec 21, 2012 11:27 PM

    just like all the analysts and commentators, terrified that if the play Tebow he might succeed and prove them all wrong. this kid will never get a fair shot. took a horrible team to the playoffs, beat the best defense in the league and got benched for it. not a Tebow fan, but he is getting a raw deal. and they can let jamarcus Russell start for 2 seasons…. ridiculous

  23. nkmho says: Dec 21, 2012 11:30 PM

    Sanchez being number 2…sounds a bit dirty you could say.

  24. ketch20too says: Dec 21, 2012 11:31 PM

    He’s been a big #2 for a couple of years now.

  25. dabearsk says: Dec 21, 2012 11:32 PM

    Sanchez is horrible and just can’t play.. I know I’m going captain obvious on that but gees that monday night game he had was ridiculous..i don’t think the guy has improved one bit since his rookie year and its not like the guy has played behind a bad oline either…

  26. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Dec 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    If the Jets think Tebow looks bad then they obviously weren’t watching Mark Sanchez play the first 14 games.

  27. realnflmaster says: Dec 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    Dat body.

  28. lightcleric says: Dec 21, 2012 11:38 PM

    Can anyone else think of a contract this dumb that blew up this fast?

    At least the Eagles gave themselves an out with Mike Vick…

  29. descendency says: Dec 21, 2012 11:38 PM

    He’s been number 2 every other Sunday, so why not this one…

  30. diapaulic says: Dec 21, 2012 11:41 PM

    No surprise. He’s looked like number 2 all damn season.

  31. rickyspanish says: Dec 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    Sanchez is number 2.

  32. xsfmed says: Dec 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    Nobody cares!!

  33. thesmartest1 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:46 PM

    #2….how fitting.

  34. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Dec 21, 2012 11:48 PM

    The sad truth for Tebow and his flock is that both McElroy and Sanchez are considerably better than he is. Good for Rex for correctly assessing his talent and arranging his depth chart accordingly.

  35. kpow55 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:52 PM

    Love Tebow or hate him, this is getting absurd/ Why is he even on the roster?

    The owner signed him for an uptick in jersey sales and the coaches publicly support it but privately wont play him.

    Just cut him and see if he catches on somewhere else. The market will dictate his value and he can decide between $ vs playing time.

    Yes, they are paying him to practice and hold a clipboard but not doing wonders for his longevity rotting away as an unknown commodity.

  36. wayne1693 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:53 PM

    OMG…This has become the most boring Trilogy in the history of Sports & Entertainment!

  37. hater79 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:56 PM

    The hoc aches are obviously shopping for their next jobs. Think about it, it’s a lose lose if tebow comes in. If he sucks, they look like idiots for trading for him. If he’s good, they look like morons for not starting him earlier. So start mcfreaking elroy and tank the season while looking for your next job. It’s not like they don’t know that no matter what happens now, Rex and his coaching staff picked Sanchez and Tebow, they are fired regardless. It’s all about their next jobs.

  38. 85pmart says: Dec 22, 2012 12:01 AM

    …and he knows, no matter what, he’s going to be paid $8.25M next year. AND he knows he’s going to do as little as possible to earn it.

  39. ch1ggs says: Dec 22, 2012 12:01 AM

    Can we all agree that Tebow, despite all his flaws, deserves better than this?

    The NY Jets are, at this moment, a pretty terrible franchise. Not sure why anybody would want to play there. It’s a poorly run circus.

  40. htowntexan says: Dec 22, 2012 12:01 AM

    I guess this will teach Tebow to ever embarrass Rex by beating him in a game. I will root against the Jets from now on for them carrying their vendetta from last season forward this year.

  41. hater79 says: Dec 22, 2012 12:02 AM

    If they are not starting Tebow, regardless of What you think about him he’s actually played and won nfl games, they are doing it for a reason. And that ain’t cause McElroy is Joe Montana.

    Look I don’t even like Tebow, but they knew what they were getting when they traded for him. To not start him now is either caus they would look dumb if he sucked. Or they would look dumb if he won.

    They know they are all fired so why ruin their next salary negotiations.

  42. monkeyhateclean says: Dec 22, 2012 12:02 AM


  43. jessethebody says: Dec 22, 2012 12:04 AM

    Isn’t Sanchez #2 EVERY Sunday? #2 as in a piece of crap.

  44. panickyvaudevillian says: Dec 22, 2012 12:08 AM

    I always expect Sanchez to be No. 2 on Sundays.

  45. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Dec 22, 2012 12:14 AM

    He’s been number 2 all year, if you know what I mean

  46. tebowthrowsaperfectonsidekick says: Dec 22, 2012 12:14 AM

    Who would’ve thought going into Sundays game that McElroy would be the least turnover prone QB on the field.

  47. steeler1nation says: Dec 22, 2012 12:14 AM

    Sanchez is expected to be No. 2 on Sunday
    well, he sure looked like “#2” last Monday

  48. ohnothatguy says: Dec 22, 2012 12:17 AM

    So no one deserves to lose their job for that great contract extension?!! If woody really gives a dam about his fans he cleans house entirely from top to bottom bits the bullet of the 8.25 mil and starts rebuilding. Maybe a walk across the hall into the blue side for some consultation will work. Never get how the mets and jets are such bad franchises when they have the yankees and giants as neighbors!! Headlines dont win championships!! Guarantee every jet fan alive would rather have a superbowl in the next 5 years then be on the front page of every news outlet on the east coast. Eventually the only thing that will change that dysfunctional franchise is if the fans finally stop buying tickets and merchandise. Fireman ed left already whatelse do they need from their fans to show they are fed up! Cut sanchez fire the gm maybe even the coach and start fresh and show your paying fans you actually want a winning product they can support!!

  49. pisano says: Dec 22, 2012 12:26 AM

    If he’s lucky he’ll remain a #2 for the Jets or any other team that would be crazy enough to take him. Sanchez days for being a starting QB in the NFL are over, and long over due.

  50. fdugrad says: Dec 22, 2012 12:30 AM

    edwinmoses: Your written language skills clearly identify you as an expert regarding the subject of buffoons.

  51. chrisknowsdbr says: Dec 22, 2012 1:16 AM

    Wow and there are still people talking about the Jets even though they have now been OFFICIALLY been knocked out of the playoffs. Not that this isn’t news but come on people, there is a point where this is too much.

  52. baxman89 says: Dec 22, 2012 1:19 AM

    Sparano gets fired. Tebow is cut. Jets see what they have in McElroy. If he shows promise, he competes with Sanchez next year and they draft a mid-round quarterback. If he looks horrid, they trade up and draft a promising rookie. Seattle has shown that benching a guy with a large salary for a roookie. In 2014 the Jets can cut Sanchez. Hey, who knows? Mmmaybe Sanchez responds well to this. Doubtful, but its the NFL.

  53. psychonolfi says: Dec 22, 2012 2:04 AM

    Perfect project for the Raiders…back up Palmer and take over later in season

  54. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 22, 2012 2:08 AM

    Just cut him and he’ll be off the books in 2014

  55. dkrauss93 says: Dec 22, 2012 2:15 AM

    People who think Sanchez is a #2 qb obviously does not no football. This s because he actually isn’t a QB. He deserves to be a 10th stringer on the worst CFL or AFL team. There is a debate that he may be worse then Ryan Lindley. Never mind thats impossible. This is coming from a very very sad Jet fan. The only “QB” I want returning next yr, as a backup is McElroy.

  56. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 22, 2012 2:41 AM

    the ghost of Al Davis has taken residence in the Jets front office.

  57. sclazo says: Dec 22, 2012 2:51 AM

    Jets and winning product bahahaha

  58. djaehne says: Dec 22, 2012 2:51 AM

    Way too much Jets drama.

  59. boyshole25 says: Dec 22, 2012 2:59 AM

    Who’s this guys agent

  60. thermalito says: Dec 22, 2012 3:30 AM

    hey Jets fans how does it feel to know your team is terrible now and will be terrible into the foreseeable future as both Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan will both most likely be back next year. Rex Ryan is an awful head coach who is really nothing more than a career coordinator with a big mouth. Mark Sanchez is as bad or worse than many QB’s on most teams practice squads. Can’t think of two other characters I would rather NOT have associated with my team.

  61. gogetembolts says: Dec 22, 2012 4:04 AM

    LOL all these no1 no2 jokes making me about to smark sanchez my pants and that meaning depnds on if u think hes no1 no2 or no3 which is sumthing runny n on fire

  62. thebigtim2012 says: Dec 22, 2012 6:25 AM

    Actually I really think I get it now! Wordy has told Rex he will def be back next year so rexy is going for the highest draft pick he can get! Wait didn’t they trade that pick for tebow?

  63. pastabelly says: Dec 22, 2012 7:02 AM

    Trying to figure out which is worse for the Jets.

    1. Sanchez contract
    2. Trade for Tebow
    3. Belief that McIlroy is any good just because he’s not Sanche or Tebow.

  64. dinklespiel says: Dec 22, 2012 7:23 AM

    Why bother with #2 ? Cutt his Butt Now. He’ causing a controversy for the starting quarterback. The starter needs to know the coach believes in him and can’t have a vulture sitting on his shoulder if he makes a mistake.
    Sound familiar ?

  65. bucslose says: Dec 22, 2012 8:07 AM

    This whole thing with Tebow, it’s as if they picked him up, just to screw him over. Maybe that’s far fetched but it has certainly felt that way most of the season, and even more so now.

  66. scyankee9999 says: Dec 22, 2012 8:10 AM

    So tired of hearing look what Tebow did with a bad team last year! Have you seen what the broncos are doing with a good QB this year! Tebow was no better than what Miami did with the wild-cat: a one trick pony. It worked for a year. The prob in ny is can you name the starting wr’s on the jets and of course tony s. as a dolphins fan I’m happy the jets are are the talk of the AFC. At seasons start we were the talk about how we have the worst WR in the league and not enough playmakers. After watching both teams this year can you name a player on the jets offense that would be a starter on a playoff team? Thank Tony S for that. I wouldn’t let him run my kids pop-warner team. As a fins fan a feel your pain but thanks for taking some of the heat of my team.

  67. nesuperfan says: Dec 22, 2012 8:15 AM

    Some jokes just write themselves. 🙂

  68. scyankee9999 says: Dec 22, 2012 8:27 AM

    Just something to think about before you run Sanchez out of town. He still has a higher completion percentage and less interceptions than Andrew Luck. The difference is in the number of TD. In this vanilla ran offense where fg are special can we place all the blame on Sanchez

  69. thefnlimit says: Dec 22, 2012 8:40 AM

    Nice to meet you, number 2.

  70. bmore44 says: Dec 22, 2012 9:48 AM

    I’m so glad Ravens didn’t make him head coach . Rex is a JOKE

  71. lrjets says: Dec 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    Gotta laugh at the Jets haters. Jets fans know and feel the pain of rooting for them, but the Jets are in the heads of you haters. That’s called obssessed. The Jets should be paying you rent for that space.
    Not to worry, 99.9% of you will be watching the Super Bowl of two other teams, not yours ,as you wipe your potato chip-stained hands on your couches.

  72. sweetsweetdrew says: Dec 22, 2012 10:51 AM

    two of the worst quarterbacks in the league are not starting. there’s news.

  73. olcap says: Dec 22, 2012 11:29 AM

    McElroy said Sanchez taught him everything he knows, so that’s why Rex figured it would be better to have Sanchez ready in case he needs to teach McElroy anything new during the game.

  74. mrznyc says: Dec 22, 2012 11:34 AM

    OK, let’s assume you’re all right. Tim Tebow is the worst quarterback in the history of the game. Now we’re left without an explanation for the 7 victories in Denver last season – You can get lucky every so often, even in the NFL – What you can’t do is get lucky 7 times in one season. Could Sanchez have pulled off those 7 victories in Denver? So how did he do it? Tim’s going to tell you, God did it – and – unless you can come up with a better explanation you’re going to have to go with that. Now, if you can come up with a better explanation, you’re left with no reason not to start him the last two games.

  75. dirtysouthironmen says: Dec 22, 2012 11:38 AM

    #2 – Dirty Sanchez. Coincidence?

  76. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 22, 2012 11:52 AM

    “the Jets are in the heads of you haters”..

    Not true at all.
    It’s the only thing a guy can comment on because it’s all they’ll write about here.

    95% of the country is tired of hearing about it…
    Make it 98%

  77. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 22, 2012 11:54 AM

    “Tim’s going to tell you, God did it – “…..

    I really suspect that God has much bigger fish to fry.
    You think He’s worried about who wins a football game?

  78. mrznyc says: Dec 22, 2012 11:57 AM

    OK, you explain the 7 wins.

  79. hehateme2 says: Dec 22, 2012 12:09 PM

    Would love to see him get in the game. The boos and flying objects from the NJ faithful would be epic!

  80. nananatman says: Dec 22, 2012 12:24 PM

    He might take a number 2.)

  81. EJ says: Dec 22, 2012 12:32 PM

    I know that Rex Ryan doesn’t want to make it look as if the media was right by putting Tim Tebow in, but if you pulled the Starter, why wouldn’t you play your next best option? Regardless how Tebow throws, good or bad, he’s still your best option. What is he afraid of, Tebow succeeding and making the team much better? I don’t care what the media says or how unconventional Tebow’s playing style is, underneath all of that is a winner, the guy that can lead you there. Who cares if the media is right about Tebow causing a QB controversy in NY. You’ve already figured out that Sanchez is not the one, McElroy is nothing but a back-up’s back-up, and that’s all he’ll ever be. Play Tebow, let him loose. Give him the reins and let him take care of business. What do you have to lose? You’re out of the playoffs. Now is the perfect time to test a possible Franchise QB, Tebow.

  82. peepeetoucher says: Dec 22, 2012 12:49 PM

    Why is everyone making such a big deal who the #2 is? This was the first question out of the reporters mouth all week in the pressers. Just to make a story out of nothing cuz it involves the most overrated superstar Tebow. Of course Sanchez would be the #2 cuz he will probably be back next year. Tebow is gone already so why would you make him the backup.

  83. tommynatorii says: Dec 22, 2012 1:03 PM

    Everyone needs to ease up on Sanchez. He is taking a beating here. He is a competent, smart gamer. I want him in every game doing what he does….
    Go Fins.

  84. thetooloftools says: Dec 22, 2012 1:11 PM

    I would just die laughing if through all this mess, Tim Tebow is the last man standing.

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