Greg McElroy: Jets' Quarterback Named Starter for Final 2 Games

Zachary KruegerCorrespondent IIDecember 18, 2012

Greg McElroy takes over for Mark Sanchez week 13 against the Cardinals as Tebow (right) watches.
Greg McElroy takes over for Mark Sanchez week 13 against the Cardinals as Tebow (right) watches.Elsa/Getty Images

In breaking news out of New York Jets camp today, Greg McElroy will start in place of Mark Sanchez for the last two games.  While this may come as a disappointing decision to Tim Tebow supporters, it should not be a surprising one.

It's tough to forget the horrendous game played between the Jets and Arizona Cardinals in Week 13.  For those of you who don't remember, let me offer a brief mental refresher.

Through the first three quarters of the game, Mark Sanchez struggled to lead any kind of an offensive attack against a rather porous Cardinals defense.  Sanchez was pulled late in the third quarter after going 10-of-21 for 91 yards and three interceptions, but Sanchez wasn't replaced with Tebow.  Instead, third-string quarterback Greg McElroy took the field for the struggling Jets.

The result?  McElroy led a game-winning touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter for the Jets, giving them the victory by a score of 7-6.  McElroy's final line for the game was a 5-of-7 performance for 29 yards and one touchdown.

After last night's loss to the Tennessee Titans, Rex Ryan failed to commit to a quarterback for the remainder of the season, and it was widely expected that he might stay with Sanchez.  Tebow fans were most likely pulling for Tebow to get the start these final two games, however McElroy got the nod.

Why does this make sense for the Jets moving forward?

Tim Tebow has been under-appreciated all season.  It was expected that with his arrival would come more wildcat packages, and a possible liberation from Mark Sanchez.  Instead, Tebow has seen limited snaps this season, started zero games, and was even inactive late in the season due to a highly speculated rib injury. 


The move to go to McElroy makes sense for the Jets, mostly because Tim Tebow will probably not be with the New York Jets for a second season.  McElroy played in a similar offensive style at the University of Alabama to what the Jets currently run.  

If the Jets want to see what they have moving forward to next season, they likely would have given Tebow the nod as the starter for the last two games.  The fact that the Jets didn't give Tebow the chance to start their last two games of the season is an even greater indicator that he will probably not be back next season.  

I don't think that Greg McElroy is the answer to the Jets' quarterback problems moving forward, but if he can prove to be a solid player over these two starts, they might at least know who their backup will be heading into the 2013 campaign.

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