The New York Jets have a new problem on their hand. A QB Controversy. No wait, they have always had one since that guy from the Broncos came in, what’s his name, oh yes Tim Tebow.
Rex Ryan has decided that no one is going to tell him how to run his franchise as a coach. Not even disgruntled Tim Tebow fans and he made that perfectly clear yesterday when he pulled starter Mark Sanchez out of the game in the 3rd quarter against the Cardinals and inserted 3rd Stringer (2nd string for this game) Greg McElroy.
The cheers were deafening, I know, I was there…. “Mc…EL…ROY, MC…EL…ROY…” In my opinion it didn’t matter what the backup was anymore, the fans were cheering for anyone other than Mark Sanchez. If Kerley was the only option (who by the way was the emergency QB yesterday) fans would have been chanting him.
Rex may still believe in Mark Sanchez, but it is clear that he has lost Jets Nation and possibly his own way. Fans want results and Mark Sanchez struggled against a team that frankly lost 7 games coming into yesterday’s match.
So now there is clearly a QB Controversy. Leave it to the Jets to give the NFL a 3-way controversy, but here are my thoughts of what I THINK REX SHOULD DO vs. WHAT REX WILL ACTUALLY PULL THIS WEEK:
I THINK REX SHOULD DO….
Declare Greg McElroy the Starter today. Allow Greg to get all the first team reps so he can learn more plays and build chemistry with the other starters.
Make Mark Sanchez the backup #2. I know this is risky because by doing this you are saying that Sanchez is or may be done as a New York Jets Starting QB for good. A risk that owner Woody Johnson may not want his coach to take with the 2013 season and his guaranteed contract in the future.
Keep Tim Tebow inactive. The special teams did fine without him. If he still has a rib issue or not, keep him on the bench and inactive. Having him dress and/or having 3 QBs dress puts more pressure on Greg or Mark. Sorry Tebow fans, this guy needs to stay in the sweat suit.
Mark has completely checked out Mentally
WHAT REX WILL ACTUALLY PULL THIS WEEK….
Rex won’t name a starter until Wednesday. He’ll say he’s pondering it over and will see how “practice” will go on Tuesday and Wednesday (even though I think his mind has been made up last night).
He’ll finally name Mark Sanchez the starter staying that he gives the Jets the best chance to win against the Jaguars (even thought they only have two wins).
He’ll keep Tim Tebow inactive saying that he things he still needs a week to heal, even though we know Tim could probably suit up. I still believe Rex will die first before he puts Tim in as the starter. We will NEVER see it Jets fans.
Greg McElroy will be the #2 again and I believe the same “short leash” will be on Mark, or even shorter. First signs of a struggling Sanchez, and Greg will be inserted again.
I believe Rex will go with this strategy because the Jets are away and won’t have to deal with the craziness of the Jets reaction when Mark is introduced in the game as the starter. I’m not convinced that Rex is convinced that Mark Sanchez is done…. We are close but I think he still names him the starter.
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