If you’re QB Mark Sanchez, it’s degrading enough to see QB Tim Tebow running plays in your offensive scheme while you’re either flanked out at wide receiver, where you have made a grand total of zero impact over the course of the season, or standing on the sidelines. However, at least you knew if you were Sanchez that you were coming back in the game. On Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals though, Sanchez slunk to a new low, as he threw three picks in the ugliest offensive game that the New York Jets have played in years, and was ultimately benched for QB Greg McElroy.
What’s worse for Sanchez? McElroy went on to lead the Jets to the only touchdown of the entire game in the 7-6 triumph.
Sanchez had to know that his job was going to be questioned all year long, and quite frankly, it’s surprising to think that he has actually started all 12 games this year. However, to think that Greg McElroy might take his job? That’s just out of this world.
However, some time to make decisions prompted Head Coach Rex Ryan to make the prudent call this week and go with Sanchez as his starter in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars that, oh by the way, could put the Jets just a game within the .500 mark and potentially within a game of the playoffs in the AFC as well.
The USC Trojan knows that this has got to be the end of him as a starter in this league if these last four games don’t go well. He has thrown for just 12 TDs this year against 13 picks, and a 55.0 percent completion percentage just doesn’t cut it. Sanchez gets a Jacksonville defense this week that is allowing 260.9 passing yards per game, ranking 28th in the NFL.
If you want to make your NFL picks on the Jets this weekend, it’s going to cost you a bit, as they are laying a field goal to the Jags at EverBank Field.