The New York Jets are debatably sticking with Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback. They could have easily gone with back-up Greg McElroy who led the Jets to their only score and the victory last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
I understand that fans want to see what McElroy can do, he’s won everywhere he’s been. He won at Alabama, and he’s looked in the pre-season. Based on the game against the Cardinals, I’m not sold on McElroy. He finished 5 of 7 for 29 yards and a touchdown. I would describe McElroy performance as solid against Arizona. I was thinking that if the Jets did choose to go with Greg against Jacksonville, he wouldn’t have played particularly well. That’s just a gut feeling. I believe that is what Rex felt and why he ultimately stuck with Sanchez. However, it would have definitely brought a lot of excitement to a frustrated fan base to give McElroy a full week of practice with the first team and to see what he can do in a full game.
Now about Sanchez, who was absolutely dreadful against the Cardinals. He finished 10 of 21 for 97 yards and threw 3 interceptions. This season, Sanchez has more interceptions than he has touchdowns. He’s been bad (there are many other adjectives to describe how Sanchez has played this year). Either way, the Jets are stuck with Sanchez for the rest of this season, and all of next season. They might as well squeeze everything they can out of him while they are paying him ridiculous amounts of money (Sanchez has the 7th highest salary among NFL quarterbacks). The Jets are obligated to having Sanchez as their quarterback, so they might as well just play him. I may not like it, you may not like it, but they have no choice. Sanchez is going to be the guy until at least the end of next season. Then they can move forward with a different quarterback if Sanchez is still playing at his pathetic level. Maybe General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, or whoever the GM is this off-season can add offensive players that can actually play and Sanchez can go back to the player who led the Jets to back to back AFC Championship games. But for now, enjoy the Sanchize.