It wasn’t Mark Sanchez’s finest day as the New York Jets starting quarterback and it could very well be his last. Following three first half interceptions and zero points on the Jets’ first ten offensive possessions of the game, Rex Ryan finally made the quarterback change fans have been clamoring for all season.
No, it wasn’t Tim Tebow—who was inactive due to two factored ribs— but instead the Jets’ sixth round 2011 draft choice Greg McElroy. The former Alabama Crimson Tide standout entered the contest with 4:48 remaining in the third quarter and guided Gang Green on a 10 play, 66 yard touchdown scoring drive to lift New York its first lead and first points of the day.
Two offensive possessions later, with the Jets clinging to a slim 7-6 lead, McElroy and running back Shonn Greene chewed up the remaining 7:55 on the game clock with a gritty 14 play, 71 yard march that salted away the victory. New York was able to escape with a narrow one-point win, but the bigger question at hand is who will be the Jets’ starting signal-caller next week against Jacksonville?
Ryan didn’t exactly guarantee Sanchez’s job security moving forward.
“I’ll let you guys know who’s going to be the quarterback when I’m ready to,” said the Jets head man. We’ll look at our situation and evaluate it as the week goes on."
If one thing is for certain, the MetLife stadium boos quickly turned to a standing ovation when McElroy entered action.
“It’s tough to gauge the energy, obviously I didn’t have a decibel meter where I could tell what the crowd noise was, quipped McElroy following the win. “It was exciting to get a shot and go in there. My teammates did a fantastic job of executing. We were able to stick with the run game. We were able to open some holes for Bilal and Shonn and that made my job a lot easier.”
With the Sanchez-Tebow quarterback debate captivating the nation; it could be New York’s dark horse who ultimately gets the nod under center.
“Right now I feel comfortable with Greg,” stated Ryan. “I like some of the things he does. Obviously the first thing you say about him is he’s smart, he’s tough and he did a good job today as did his teammates.”