Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rex noncommittal on Sanchez, McElroy next week


For the first time ever, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan benched Mark Sanchez Sunday.

The fourth-year quarterback threw three interceptions in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals and was replaced by second-year signal-caller Greg McElroy late in the third quarter after Sanchez continued to struggle and couldn't get his team into scoring position.

McElroy, who was activated this week as Sanchez's backup in place of the injured Tim Tebow, went on to throw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland at the end of a 10-play drive, accounting for the team's only score in a 7-6 win.

With that, the Jets finally have the quarterback controversy the New York and national media have been trying to create since Tebow came to town. But, unfortunately for them, Tebow may not be in the mix.

"I'll let you know who's going to be the quarterback when I'm ready to," Ryan said after the game.

Sanchez was constantly booed throughout his 10-of-21 for 97-yard day, and the crowd erupted when McElroy was spotted warming up on the sideline.

As he has all season, Sanchez took it in stride and was 100 percent politically correct when assessing the situation after the game.

"I'm really happy for the team, and really happy for Greg," Sanchez said, according to the Associated Press. "He came in and played his butt off."

The 5-7 Jets have four more winnable games ahead of them, but they're sticking to the one-game-at-a-time mentality. With the quarterback situation, it'll be one day at a time.

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