New York Jets fans erupted in loud cheers and applause when they saw Greg McElroy warming up on the sidelines. After watching Mark Sanchez throw for three interceptions on 10-of-21 passing for only 97 yards, Jets fans were anxious for a change. They finally got it in the third quarter.
McElroy entered the game and proceeded to march the Jets down the field on his first drive to their only score of the game. McElroy found Jeff Cumberland in the end zone for what turned out to be the only touchdown of the game. He finished the day five-for-seven for 29 yards and a touchdown and created a whole new controversy in the process.
“I felt a need to make a change,” Rex Ryan said after the game. “That’s why I made it. I’ll always do what I think is in the best interest of our football team and try to find ways to win. At the time, I thought it was time to make a change.”
Ryan wouldn’t say who his quarterback will be next week but it would be surprising if he went back to Sanchez now. The entire offense seemed to play with more energy the second that McElroy came in the game and I don’t see how Ryan can go back to Sanchez after this week. McElroy energized the offense, energized the fans, and showed he can hold his own in an NFL game.
After the game Ryan and Sanchez appeared to have a heated conversation according to reports and Sanchez left the conversation very unhappy.
Whatever happens, it doesn’t appear like the Jets are willing to trust Tim Tebow with the entire offense. It might not be a coincidence that Ryan waited to replace Sanchez in the one game where Tebow was not active due to broken ribs.
Nothing is certain right now in Jets camp except the Jets remain clinging to their playoff hopes.