Mark Sanchez to start for the Jets
The New York Jets’ almost unfathomably toxic quarterback situation took another turn for the worse on Thursday morning.
That’s because Rex Ryan announced at a news conference that Greg McElroy, who made his first NFL start this past Sunday in the Jets’ 27-17 loss to the equally moribund Chargers, had apparently suffered a concussion during the contest and had been ruled out by Ryan for Sunday’s finale against the Buffalo Bills, notes the AP.
McElroy was sacked 11 times against the Chargers and suffered “concussion-like symptoms” after the game but did not report his injury to team doctors until this morning after a weightlifting session, leaving Jets coach Rex Ryan “stunned.”
“You could tell he wasn’t feeling real good,” said Ryan told the New York Daily News‘ Seth Walder on McElroy’s physical condition.
Perhaps even more remarkably, Ryan went on to announce that Mark Sanchez, twice benched this season for poor play, will start on Sunday over the increasingly marginalized Tim Tebow, reports the Daily News
Ryan explained the decision as a matter of logistics rather than quality of play.
“When you look at it with the situation the way it is, it’s a short window to get the preparation time in,” said Ryan, referring to the fact that the Jets have only two full practices remaining before kickoff on Sunday. “I just think it’s best for a our football team. That doesn’t mean that Tim won’t play in this game, but I’m just more comfortable starting Mark.”
Still, Ryan acknowledged that his reasoning didn’t make the news any easier for Tebow, a fiery competitor who has thrown only eight passes all season.
“Obviously, Tim’s not happy with [the situation]. That’s what you expect.”