Well, the fans have finally gotten their wish, but it’s not exactly the way Tim Tebow fans wanted it.
The New York Jets have made it official. They are benching starting quarterback Mark Sanchez for the rest of the season, and they will turn not to Tim Tebow but third-stringer Greg McElroy the rest of the way.
McElroy has little NFL experience, just seven pass attempts for 29 yards and four rushes for a total of 5 yards, but that experience came in a relief effort that saw him throw an eventual game-winning touchdown pass.
Tebow fans will have to mourn the 2012 season as a lost season for the young aspiring quarterback, who despite the immense struggles of Sanchez and inexperience of McElroy, could never quite crack the starting lineup.
All the Jets can do now is roll the dice with the 24-year-old McElroy and see if he’s worth keeping around next season, as the Jets will undoubtedly attempt to move on from Sanchez and Tebow any way possible this off-season.
Whether or not McElroy is anything special, he’ll be a welcome sight for Jets fans who have long since turned on Mark Sanchez, the Jets’ once-promising franchise quarterback who’s devolved into a shell of his former self.
The Jets obviously don’t feel like Tebow is a starting-caliber quarterback, nor do they feel the need to build an offense around him to suit his strengths for the final two weeks of the season, so he will continue to ride the pine.
For better or for worse, it’s McElroy’s time to prove himself. It might be too little, too late. But better late than never.