Head coach Rex Ryan had finally seen enough of quarterback Mark Sanchez struggling with the New York Jets offense and benched him during Sunday’s game, but he still wasn’t replaced by Tim Tebow.
In the third quarter against the woeful Arizona Cardinals, Sanchez was only 10 for 21 in passes completed for 97 yards. He had three interceptions and no touchdowns in a game the Jets were losing 3-0.
The media and fans have been chomping at the bit to see the Jets finally make a move to have Tim Tebow take over as the starter for the 28th ranked offense in the NFL.
But when Ryan himself had finally seen enough Tebow was inactive for the game due to a rib injury, so he turned to the third-string back-up Greg McElroy. The fans in New York gave a loud cheer when McElroy entered the game, probably happier than just someone was replacing Sanchez.
It was the first time the 2011 7th round draft pick from Alabama saw any action in the NFL, and he went for 5 of 7 for 29 yards, including what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown thrown to tight-end Jeff Cumberland in the 4th quarter. The Jets held on for a 7-6 win.
Now Ryan and the Jets will have to deal with what to do at the quarterback position when Tebow is healthy, Sanchez is struggling and the third stringer jumped in and brought the team back for a win they desperately needed to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. No doubt, the New York media and the Jets circus will continue on.