Trying to Make Sense of Mark Sanchez Starting for the New York Jets

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 27, 2012

Somewhere in between sacks No. 1 and 11, New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy suffered a concussion against the San Diego Chargers and will be unable to play in Sunday's finale against the Buffalo Bills.

Thus we'll have another new starting quarterback in Week 17—Mark Sanchez?

Yup. Mark Sanchez (via USA Today).

I think former Jets left tackle Damien Woody put it best Thursday on Twitter:

At this point why waste a tweet on that mess going on in Florham Park, NJ

— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 27, 2012

But that's exactly what we're doing—not in tweet format, instead in article format—as we once again broach the subject of the starting quarterback for a team that has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention since Dec. 17. 

Granted, Sanchez played well against the Bills in the previous meeting. He posted his best passer rating of the season (123.4) and went 19-of-27 passing (70.4 percent) for 266 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. That game revealed a lot of warts with the Bills defense, and since then, defenses have revealed perhaps even more warts in the Jets offense.

There haven't been many highlights since that game. In fact, there have been enough lowlights to create a blooper reel.

So, again, I ask—Mark Sanchez? As in, not Tim Tebow?

A four-interception game against the Titans wasn't enough. A concussion to the third-string-quarterback-turned-second-string-quarterback wasn't enough.

If you think this Jets season has been crazy, imagine the stuff that would have to happen for Tebow to start. #nyj

— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) December 27, 2012

An act of God? But God loves Tebow! 

This is beyond God...this calls for Taiwanese anime!

It's clear, then, that I have a better chance of starting at quarterback for the Jets than Tebow. 

It always circles back to the fact that the Jets are on the hook for $8.25 million guaranteed for Sanchez next year. Considering his previous outing against Buffalo, this gives him an opportunity to sorta-kinda-but-not-really redeem himself at the end of the season, wash the bitter taste of a 6-9 record out of his mouth and give the Jets something they can hang their hat on for the offseason.

Does any of it make sense? I think you know the answer.

Up is down. Left is right. And Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback in Week 17.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.