Like most coaches, Jets boss Rex Ryan doesn’t want to keep three quarterbacks active if he doesn’t have to.
But he said he’d consider it this week, with Tim Tebow questionable with sore ribs and Greg McElroy apparently the next choice if they have to pull Mark Sanchez’s short leash.
“It would certainly be a consideration to have three quarterbacks active,” Ryan said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “It’s something you don’t really want to do. You will very rarely have three quarterbacks up in today’s game.”
Tebow’s being deemed a game-time decision, but Ryan said “probably not” when asked if Tebow would play his normal special teams role if active.
Most expect McElory to be next in line, and Ryan said the former Alabama quarterback earned some confidence last week.
“He’s been fantastic, I mean, he’s been absolutely fantastic,” Ryan said. “And when he went in, he made the most of it, did a tremendous job. I think he gained the respect probably from his teammates more than anything.”
While the local fans in Jacksonville might not like it, plugging McElroy in if Sanchez falters may give the Jets the best chance, since the throwing aspect hasn’t been there when Tebow was well.