Rex Ryan Names Sanchez Starter vs. Jacksonville; Why McElroy Deserved the Nod

Sam Quinn@@Samquinn23Contributor IIIDecember 5, 2012

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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In what can only be described as an attempt to lose fans, ESPN's Rich Cimini is reporting that Rex Ryan has decided to start Mark Sanchez at quarterback against the Jacksonville Jaguars rather than last week's hero Greg McElroy. 

In football terms, this move makes absolutely no sense. Mark Sanchez is by nearly any calculation one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL. He played so poorly last week against Arizona that he was benched before scoring a single point for the Jets

Rex Ryan can no longer use the "best chance to win" argument, as McElroy is the reason the Jets beat the Cardinals. It's simple math. The Jets scored seven points when McElroy played and none with Sanchez. 

I cannot say for sure whether or not McElroy is the future at quarterback for the Jets. In fact, I can't even say that he's an NFL starter, but we do know that Mark Sanchez isn't an NFL quarterback. It's that simple. 

So why then, is Sanchez starting against Jacksonville? Well, the only logical explanation is that the Jets are paying him a lot of money and don't want to waste it.

This is just another example of poor management by Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum and Ryan. They clearly don't understand the basic economic concept of a sunk cost. 

That is what Sanchez is at this point. The assets have already been wasted on him, but when faced with a sunk cost, any economist will tell you to ignore it and do what is best going forward. 

Apparently, the Jets would rather have a sunken Titanic than a potentially usable kayak. 

McElroy is a question mark. He doesn't have the natural ability that Sanchez does, but even as second year pro his intangibles completely outshine those of Sanchez.

On a team with constant locker room strife, doesn't that mean something?

I guess not. This season has become a complete charade. It's no longer about winning football games or brightening the future of the organization, but it's about trying to save face.

If Ryan, Tannenbaum and Johnson had an ounce of integrity or competitiveness in their bodies, they'd start McElroy for the rest of the season. Sanchez couldn't beat a team at home that has lost eight consecutive games. McElroy did it on his first drive. 

Again, I'd like to point out that nobody knows how good McElroy really is, but starting him would give the team a real opportunity to find out. Maybe he's good enough to be the quarterback Sanchez never will be. You never know until you try.  

Ryan has decided to go down with the ship rather than attempt to save himself. The rest of this year could have been McElroy's trial run for 2013. It could have given the fans some well-deserved hope.

Instead, Jets fans will be subjected to another four games of the human turnover known as Mark Sanchez. 

It's almost comical. Ryan could have potentially set himself up to contend next year and save his job. Instead he'll spend the 2013 season juggling one quarterback with no experience and another quarterback with no skill. 

So congratulations, Rex. You've managed to screw up the one good thing you stumbled into this year. Good luck explaining this to future employers.