Rex Ryan announced that the Jets will be going with Mark Sanchez this Sunday in Jacksonville. Ryan stated that the choice was not effected by Sanchez's contract, and that if completely healthy Tebow will be the back up. After a solid performance against the cardinals, Greg McElroy finds himself back to the starting point as the third string quarterback. Immediate cries can be made to sit Sanchez, but fans should also be frustrated at the decision to make Tebow the second option.
McElroy earned the affection of the fans after he helped the Jets earn a close win over Arizona. McElroy is a fresh face with enormous potential. He had a spectacular high school career at Southlake Carroll high school in Texas. He was a backup to former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniels. He became the starter as a senior, and exploded into a national superstar throwing for 4,698 yards and 56 touchdowns. He helped Southlake Carroll earn a national high school title. McElroy continued his winning ways at Alabama where he earned a national title and only suffered one loss.
McElroy never had eye popping stats or the complete physical package to wow anyone. What McElroy does have is a knack for winning. He is an excellent game manager and tactician. McElroy is a true student of the game. McElroy is focused and knows his priorities. He had the following words to say at a football clinic at Southlake: "Worry about the things you can control. You can control your work ethic. You can control the way you go about your business. Always be positive and assertive. Put team first.'' McElroy has certainly put the team first, and understands the situation he is in. However, McElroy has at least earned the right to backup Sanchez.
Rex Ryan and Jets fans know what they have in Tebow and Sanchez. Their worth and potentials are quite clear, but McElroy's ability isn't. It isn' his fault... his chances are limited. In his sole NFL performance he has proved that he can play and would be a much more effective backup than Tebow. Regardless of any state of health, Tebow should be behind McElroy.
Rex Ryan claims to have the team's best interest in mind...unfortunately it doesn't match the interest of the majority of fans. Sanchez has been atrocious for a majority of the season, but he has the trust and approval of Rex Ryan. Rex claims that if turnovers ensue he will bench Sanchez. Who he will turn to is uncertain at the moment, but the answer should be clear... McElroy has earned a roll as the number two quarterback and has not reached his ceiling yet. He needs to have the ability to be able to impact the team, and has a much better chance to do so as a #2 than a #3.