New York Jets: Too Late for QB Switch

By Raymond Mencke


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The New York Jets have finally pulled the plug on Mark Sanchez and have named Greg McElroy the starting quarterback for Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.  This move comes two weeks too late and in all likelihood ends the Sanchez era in New York.

The only thing Rex Ryan wants out of his quarterback is someone to manage the game and not make mistakes.  After watching Sanchez turn the ball over 50 times in his last 30 games, Ryan finally saw enough.  No other quarterback would have had a leash this long and it’s amazing he was able to make the same mistakes over and over.

Sanchez should not get all the blame for how poorly the offense is run.  Ryan doesn’t pay all that much attention to that part of the team.  He let former coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have full reign over the offense the last three years before switching to Tony Sparano.

Sparano has actually looked worse than Schottenheimer did if you can believe that.  The Jets look like they have no idea what they are doing as guys run in and out of the huddle with the play clock almost near the end on virtually every play.  This was pointed out on the broadcast of the game against the Tennessee Titans on Monday.

The times Sanchez actually gets into a rhythm they bring in Tim Tebow.  It just seems there is no direction or plan as they enter games.  They’ve ruined the Tebow experiment so bad that they will have to cut him after the season.  He has no trade value as the Jets have barely used him and have now passed him over for the third string quarterback.

The offseason is going to be very telling for this team.  There are questions up and down the organization on who is going to go or stay.  The best thing for this team was to lose on Monday night so that the owner or general manager would think the team was close to contending.  Drastic changes need to be made on the offensive side of the ball.

Sanchez is going to be back as he would be a $17 million cap hit if cut.  He is also guaranteed $8 million next season.  Will the Jets go into the 2013 season with an open competition between Sanchez and McElroy?  Will the team make a run at Michael Vick?  Even when the Jets are irrelevant they can’t help but make the headlines.

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