Starting QB Odds for New York Jets for Remainder of 2012 Season

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets celebrates throwing his first touchdown in the NFL to  Jeff Cumberland #86 against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 7-6.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets quarterback carousel took an unexpected turn as the competition between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow ended with Greg McElroy emerging the winner this week in the Jets' win over the Arizona Cardinals

Now the question is, will head coach Rex Ryan stick with McElroy, or revert back to Sanchez? Or maybe he'll go for the trifecta and start Tebow. 

Sanchez entered the season as the starter but was pressured all the way after the organization traded for Tebow this past offseason. McElroy has been fighting for a roster spot since being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. 

With all three now fighting for playing time, let's examine the odds each man has at being the starter the rest of the way this season for the Jets. 


Mark Sanchez 

With Sanchez under center, the Jets had been simply mediocre in 2012 outside of the first week, when he threw three touchdown passes. 

It's been all downhill from there for Sanchez. 

Through 11 games, Sanchez had struggled to complete just over 50 percent of his passes. His most recent struggles occurred against the Cardinals as he threw three interceptions in the first half and was subsequently yanked in favor of McElroy. 

It's hard to imagine Sanchez earns his starting job back. Ryan is now trying to save his own job, and Sanchez simply hadn't been performing efficiently enough. 


Odds Sanchez starts the rest of the season: 30 percent


Tim Tebow 

It's unknown how Ryan feels about Tebow at this point.

He was inactive with a rib injury Sunday against the Cardinals, or he could have possibly been handed the starting job. 

Ryan had neglected to play Tebow much outside of gimmick packages, and it's a bit ironic that Sanchez is finally benched the first time Tebow is inactive. 

The relationship between the Jets and Tebow is likely over by the time the season concludes.

Tebow believes he's a starting quarterback, but it's apparent that Ryan and the organization don't agree—in fact, they'd rather play a former seventh-round pick. 


Odds Tebow starts the rest of the season: 0 percent

Greg McElroy 

McElroy taking over for Sanchez after the first half against Arizona speaks volumes to the trust Ryan and his staff have in him. 

McElroy responded by leading the Jets to victory, something Sanchez cannot do. 

While he only attempted seven passes, he completed five of those for 29 yards and a touchdown. McElroy was decisive and precise and made some sharp throws that clearly Sanchez simply cannot. 

What seals the deal for McElroy as the starter for the rest of the season is simple—potential. How he performs from here on out could very well land him the starting gig in 2013 and beyond. 

The Jets may have something here in McElroy, but the only way they'll find out is by letting him play and seeing how he responds. 


Odds McElroy starts the rest of the season: 70 percent