Leave it to the New York Jets to turn a two-quarterback controversy into a three-headed monster.
Starter Mark Sanchez finally was benched for his poor performance in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but it wasn’t for you-know-who. With Tim Tebow out of action with fractured ribs, it was Greg McElroy coming off the bench to throw the game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the ugliest of 7-6 victories.
“I thought I needed to make a change,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said of the decision after the game. “It’s just something I sensed and I felt. When you’re around this game long enough, you get that feeling ‘you know what? I’ve seen enough’ and it’s time to make that change.”
Ryan had no other choice but to pull Sanchez after two and a half quarters. Sanchez had completed only 10 of his 21 pass attempts for 97 yards and threw three more interceptions. The Jets were held scoreless while he was in the game, and Sanchez was no better than his struggling counterpart, Cardinals rookie Ryan Lindley (10-of-31, 72 yards, INT).
As for whether Sanchez, McElroy or a potentially healthy enough Tebow would get the start for the Jets’ Week 14 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the coach reiterated Monday that he won’t be rushed into making that call.