Mark Sanchez, Not Tim Tebow, Will Replace Greg McElroy as Jets Starter

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez #6 and Tim Tebow #15 look on as teammate Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets passes before the start of their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets will go back to Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback for the regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills after Greg McElroy suffered a concussion last week, according to the team (via Twitter):

#RL Jets HC Rex Ryan has just announced: Greg McElroy has concussion, Mark Sanchez will start Jets' season finale @ BUF on Sunday.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 27, 2012

Brian Costello of the New York Post quoted Jets head coach Rex Ryan as saying that Tim Tebow, who has yet to start a game for the team and has played sparingly all season, is less than thrilled with the decision:

"Tim is not happy with that," Rex says. #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 27, 2012

The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Jets. Even if the team doesn’t think Tebow is the long-term answer at quarterback, what would it hurt to throw him out there as the starter in the final game of the regular season?

Ryan seems to be going out of his way just to undermine Tebow, who seems more likely than ever to leave as soon as the season is over.

For the Jets, this quarterback fiasco has consumed their entire season. Going back to Sanchez, who had been nothing less than a disaster in the 14 games he started before getting benched last week, makes no sense.

Tebow may not be the answer the Jets are looking for, especially since all they are doing is evaluating for 2013, but the team should at least give him a chance to take the reins for one game. 

If Tebow were to show something against a bad Buffalo defense, some team might step forward with a trade offer so the Jets could get something for him in the offseason if they chose to get rid of him. 

Instead, they aren't even giving Tebow that shot. All they are doing is going back to the same old situation that didn't work this season with Sanchez.