Jets quarterback carousel spins again
By LYNN ZINSER
The New York Times | December 28,2012
New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget during the second half in East Rutherford, N.J., last week. McElroy, who was sacked 11 times last weekend, has a concussion and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez in the season finale at Buffalo on Sunday, coach Rex Ryan said.
The New York Jets’ quarterback follies took another unexpected twist Thursday when the team announced that Greg McElroy was experiencing concussion symptoms and that Mark Sanchez would start Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Sanchez had been benched in favor of McElroy, the third-string quarterback, after a five-turnover debacle against the Tennessee Titans in a Monday Night Football game. But McElroy’s lone start did not go well either. He was sacked 11 times in a 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Both times that coach Rex Ryan has made the choice of starter, he skipped over Tim Tebow to do so, bypassing him on the depth chart to tap McElroy and again to bring back Sanchez. Ryan said the team was more comfortable with Sanchez because he had started the first 14 games of the season and Tebow has played only a handful of plays.
‘’Obviously, Tim isn’t happy with it, as you’d expect,” Ryan said Thursday.
Sanchez said he would talk about this week’s game, but not about his future.
‘’Well, I’m trying to be a pro,” he said. “Trust me, this isn’t ideal.”
Ryan also hinted that McElroy had been concealing a concussion he sustained Sunday, saying, “he wasn’t exactly truthful with our training staff,” until he was lifting weights Thursday morning and finally complained of headaches. Although the medical staff had not yet diagnosed McElroy with a concussion, the trainers told Ryan, who then stepped into the latest chapter of the team’s tale of revolving quarterbacks.
Reports had emerged from last weekend that Tebow had refused to participate in Wildcat plays this weekend, but Tebow has denied it and Ryan has made a point of not talking about it. Tebow said he only expressed the desire to compete for the quarterback job, not just as a Wildcat quarterback.
Tebow’s failure to crack the top spot on the quarterback depth chart was one of the leading sideshows in a 6-9 season, alongside Sanchez’s dissolving confidence and spiraling results.
Sanchez did lead the Jets to a 48-28 victory over the Bills in the season opener, but things went downhill quickly. He has thrown for 13 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Things have not gone much better for the Bills, who are 5-10 and are nowhere close to selling out their final home game, meaning it will be blacked out to local television viewers.