The overrated quarterback is not the right player to lead the team into a bright future, and there's no reason for head coach Rex Ryan to start Sanchez over backup quarterbacks Greg McElroy or Tim Tebow this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jets QB Mark Sanchez will start Sunday at JAC. He had a 4.4 QBR last week before getting pulled vs ARI— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 5, 2012
Ryan's loyalty to Sanchez was admirable earlier in the season because the pressure put on the 26-year-old after the arrival of Tebow was immense.
However, with three quarters of the season over, it's clear that Sanchez doesn't give New York the best chance to be productive on offense.
One of Sanchez's biggest problems is not being able to take care of the football. He threw three interceptions against the Cardinals last week. In the previous game, he lost a fumble and threw an interception versus the New England Patriots.
Sanchez has turned the ball over 23 times this season.
His inability to be accurate and make the necessary plays on crucial third downs and in the fourth quarter are really hurting the Jets. In the 12 games that Sanchez has played this season, he's thrown an interception in nine of them.
He's also completed less than 50 percent of his passes in six games this season, and he threw at least 20 times in every one of those games.
McElroy is clearly the best choice at quarterback for the Jets right now. He's a true pocket passer and is less likely to make a costly mistake than Sanchez.
He played well against the Cardinals after Sanchez was benched, and led the Jets on their only drive that resulted in a touchdown. McElroy finished the game 5-of-7 for 29 yards and a touchdown.
The Jaguars rank 28th against the pass this season, so this is a great opportunity to give McElroy the start and see what he can do.
Ryan cannot allow Sanchez's poor performances to hurt the Jets any longer. With all hope of a playoff spot gone, it's time for the Jets to bench Sanchez for the rest of the season and give McElroy the playing time he deserves.