Jets vs. Titans: Mark Sanchez Proves He's Not Cut out for Starting QB Job on MNF

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play before he snaps the ball against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez is the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, and he further proved that in front of the nation with an absolute disaster of a performance during his second Monday Night Football appearance of the 2012 season.

Against the lowly Tennessee Titans, Sanchez submarined Gang Green’s slim playoff hopes by throwing four awful interceptions and losing a fumble.

Considering the Titans only managed to win by four points (14-10), you can easily—and correctly—place most of the blame on New York’s starting signal-caller for this travesty of a defeat.

It’s time for Sanchez to go to the bench, and it shouldn’t matter if he’s being paid a dollar per year or guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013 as part of a new five-year deal he signed prior to this abysmal season.

His time is up in New York, and it’s likely running out in the NFL unless he can figure out a way to improve in a hurry.

Unfortunately, there is simply no way that the Jets can become a winning team if their man under center is completing just 55 percent of his passes, with more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (13) and well under 3,000 yards (2,678) through 14 games.

There will likely be a mutiny amongst Jets fans if coach Rex Ryan has the audacity to once again name the incumbent a starter for Week 16’s contest against the San Diego Chargers.

While Tim Tebow may not be the answer—as much as Jets fans would like for the controversial backup to come in and start, he wasn’t signed to replace Sanchez and was envisioned as more of a utility player in 2012—the former USC star certainly isn’t, either.

Greg McElroy actually led the Jets to a win when he had a chance to take over for the starter back in Week 13 against the Cardinals, throwing a TD pass early in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in a 7-6 contest.

Hopefully the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout will have another opportunity to show the Jets brass that he should be in contention to replace the fourth-year man from Long Beach, Calif. on a permanent basis in 2013.

Regardless if the team goes with Tebow, McElroy or someone signed off the street, they will be in a better place as long as Sanchez isn’t wrecking their chances of winning.