Rex Ryan names Sanchez starting quarterback
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced his decision on Wednesday afternoon to name Mark Sanchez the team’s starting quarterback for this weekend’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sanchez was benched after throwing three interceptions last week in favor of backup Greg McElroy who then led the Jets to a 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, thanks to a 1-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, Ryan stated that Sanchez’s long-term contract, which guarantees him $8.25 million next season, had “absolutely zero” impact on his decision to start the much-maligned quarterback.
In 12 games this season, the fourth-year veteran has thrown for 12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and has a 55 percent completion percentage.
Speaking at New York’s practice on Wednesday, Ryan told the New York Daily News, “It was a decision that I feel great about. I got a lot of opinions. I had conversations with a lot of different people, but at the end of the day, it’s my decision.”
Sanchez has been heavily criticized throughout his tenure with the Jets and this year that criticism has only intensified, as the team currently sits at 5-7 in a last place tie for the AFC East.