Mark Sanchez benched for Greg McElroy

December, 2, 2012
12/02/12
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Can the New York Jets' season get any wilder?

After two seasons of undying loyalty to starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, Jets head coach Rex Ryan finally benched his quarterback on Sunday. It took three interceptions in the first half for Ryan to finally pull the plug.

But here is the kicker: Replacing Sanchez is third-string quarterback Greg McElroy. He gets a chance to play for the first time this season after backup Tim Tebow (ribs) was inactive.

Ryan had an opportunity to switch Sanchez for Tebow all season and didn't do it. Yet, after a bad first half Ryan made a bold move to replace Sanchez for McElroy. It’s an odd set of circumstances by Ryan, who looks desperate and clearly coaching for his job.

So who will be the Jets’ quarterback next week? Will New York stick with McElroy? Will the Jets go back to Sanchez? Or should they start Tebow, if healthy?

McElroy already has a touchdown pass in limited playing time. The Jets lead the Arizona Cardinals 7-3 in the third quarter.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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