Is It Time For Rex To Start Clemens?

Steven MerriamCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 3: Kellen Clemens #11 of the New York Jets calls the count from the line of scrimmage against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game on September 3, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Jets lost 16-13 in overtime yesterday to the Buffalo Bills.  A big reason for this loss was rookie QB Mark Sanchez.  Sanchez blamed himself for the Jets loss.

Sanchez had the worst game of his young career, going 10 for 29 with five interceptions.

Sanchez's stats so far this season include five touchdown passes, ten interceptions, and 1,035 passing yards with a QB rating of 56.7.

Near the beginning of the season Sanchez was the toast of New York. Since week four, Sanchez has only thrown one touchdown pass and has eight interceptions. It's hard to not think that backup QB Kellen Clemens will not get a chance at the starting job soon.

In training camp, Clemens and Sanchez were both up for the starting QB job.  Sanchez was named starter near the middle of the preseason. I thought this was a terrible idea due to the fact that Sanchez is a rookie.

While Clemens' pro career has been nothing to brag about, he is a much more experienced QB than Sanchez.

Clemens was chosen 49th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Oregon.

In Clemens' second year in the NFL, he started eight games for the Jets.  His stats were very similar to those of Sanchez.  Clemens threw for five touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 1,529 passing yards with a QB rating of 60.9.

Since that year Clemens has only thrown five passes due to the fact that Brett Favre was signed to the team.

Despite that Clemens' stats are not very good, it is hard to disagree that he does not deserve a chance to start at QB due to the fact that he has been a member of the Jets for four years and probably knows the playbook better than Sanchez.

Even though Sanchez is having a bad year I believe he will be a top-20 QB in the near future, but as of now I think Clemens should come in and take the job for the rest of the year.

Sanchez is the future but Clemens is now.  Clemens has been a Jet for awhile and deserves a shot at starting again.