Why New York Jets Are Making Right Call with Greg McElroy

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets celebrates throwing his first touchdown in the NFL to  Jeff Cumberland #86 against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 7-6.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow has no business starting for the New York Jets.

It was only a matter of time before Mark Sanchez was unseated as the starting quarterback. He's thrown 17 interceptions to only 13 touchdowns, and his quarterback rating of 67.9 ranks 33rd out of the 35 players who qualify.

Skip Bayless must have been aghast at the news that Greg McElroy, not Tebow, will be starting ahead of a benched Sanchez for the Jets. But it's a move that certainly makes a lot of sense for New York.

Manish Mehta the New York Daily News is reporting that Tebow will demand either a trade or outright release at the end of the season should McElroy start the last two games. But it appears that he doesn't figure into the team's future.

The Tebow experiment has brought nothing but unwanted distractions to a team that had plenty already with Rex Ryan. And should the Jets cut ties with the former Heisman Trophy winner, it would be for the better.

McElroy is very inexperienced, with only seven pass attempts in the NFL—all of which came in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals. The 2011 seventh-round pick missed all of his rookie season after needing surgery to repair a dislocated thumb.

Regardless, he is more of a pro-style quarterback. Starting Tebow means that Ryan will have to cater his offense to the player's unique playing style. That's not what a team should be doing with only two games left in the season.

Tebow might have an enormous following across the county, but that can't cover up the fact that he's been a below-average quarterback for his short career. He's only completed 48 percent of his passes and managed a 75.3 passer rating over almost three seasons.

In addition, it's unlikely that it was Ryan who pursued the trade that brought Tebow to New York this past offseason. Owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum were the ones who initiated this entire situation.

Tebow might have a role in this league, but in order for that to happen, the coach needs to be totally committed to inserting him into the offensive structure. Ryan simply isn't going to do that, and for that he shouldn't be blamed.

It's not as if Tebow is the kind of transcendent talent like Peyton Manning or Michael Vick with the Falcons that forces you to make him the immediate focus and change whatever you were doing.

McElroy gives the Jets the best chance to win right now and allow Ryan to keep his job.