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Rex Ryan Delays Naming Jets' Starting Quarterback for Week 14 Game

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets talks with quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh while teammate Mark Sanchez#6 and Tim Tebow #15 stand by in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on December 2, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals 7-6.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 18, 2017

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is holding off on naming a starting quarterback ahead of the team's Week 14 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has the latest on the most recent drama stirring within the troubled franchise:

"Right now, I definitely need a little more time to make that decision,” Ryan said on Monday. “I'm comfortable and confident with all 3 quarterbacks. I think all three guys have now proven they can win in this league…. But I'll make that decision as the week goes on."

Ryan maintained that he would discuss it with his coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.

“I want to make sure that I talk to Tony, Matt, everybody… and make sure I get a sense of what will be the right decision,” Ryan said. “I got three good quarterbacks. I feel good about three quarterbacks. I think we’re in a lot better situation than probably a lot of teams.”

That last bit is a laugher.

After finally giving in to the demands to bench Mark Sanchez after a 10-of-21, 97-yard performance that included three interceptions, Ryan is claiming that his quarterback situation is better than most teams.

In addition to Sanchez, the Jets have Tim Tebow and rookie Greg McElroy—who took over in Sunday's ugly 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals—as their options under center.  

McElroy led the Jets to their only touchdown against the Cards in his first series, and a long, ground-dominated drive to end the game that could have resulted in another touchdown had running back Shonn Greene not intentionally fallen down short of the goal line.

With Tebow being from around Jacksonville, it would obviously make for a compelling storyline for him to get the nod. That said, Tebow has thrown very few passes this year, serving as a spot-duty power runner and personal protector on the punting unit. 

So, how about McElroy?

Despite Ryan's assertion that all of his signal-callers are proven winners in this league, the former Alabama quarterback has never made an NFL start. Going 5-of-7 for 29 yards and an easy one-yard touchdown pass isn't exactly proving much, especially since the Cardinals have now lost eight in a row.

It remains a true mystery at this point as to what the Jets and Ryan will decide on. What is certain is that this will be a situation worth monitoring for the remainder of the week.

Stay tuned for more details on this developing controversy leading up to Sunday's kickoff in Jacksonville.

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