Mark Sanchez Benched, as the Jets Will Start Greg McElroy, and Not Tim Tebow, Next Week

Too little, too late when it comes to the Jets benching of Mark Sanchez. New York was eliminated last night when Mark Sanchez turned the ball over five times, including twice in the final two minutes. Chris Mortensen has reported that Greg McElroy will start on Sunday. McElroy was inactive against Tennessee while Tim Tebow served as the backup, but will jump around him again and start the meaningless game against San Diego.

As my good buddy Chase Stuart noted, “Mark Sanchez has not, and I guess will not, start a meaningless game for the Jets. Even though he’s often played like it was.” Amazing to think about that, but last year the Jets had playoff hopes in week 17 until Mark Sanchez extinguished them with poor play, just like yesterday.

Now, we can start the “what do the Jets do with Sanchez” discussion. My thought — he’s getting paid, and backups cost money too, so enjoy taking notes and be prepared in case of injury. New York must address the position though, and to just go with “we are paying him 8.5 million” seems like awful reasoning. Seattle is in contention this year with a backup making at least as much, because they went with a better quarterback.

[photo via USA Today Sports Images]

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