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Jets switch gears for Chargers

12/18/2012

It will not be the Turnover Bowl.

It will not be return of Tebow Time in the AFC West.

It will just be the 5-9 San Diego Chargers against Greg McElroy and the similarly-playoff eliminated New York Jets on Sunday.

That’s no fun.

After a disastrous performance by Mark Sanchez on Monday night, the Jets have announced McElroy, the No. 3 quarterback, will start against the Chargers on Sunday. We were hoping for sexier storylines.

Had Sanchez kept his job, it would be a battle of the two players who have committed the most turnovers in the NFL since the start of last season. Sanchez has 50 turnovers since then and San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has 47.

This is Tebow’s only game against an AFC West opponent in his first season since being traded from Denver. Watching Tebow scurrying around the field against the Chargers would have brought back memories for everybody.

But instead, we get McElroy. Yep, this game has gotten even more meaningless.

In other AFC West news:

In an Insider piece, former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards writes how to stop a Peyton Manning-led offense.

More disturbing details have emerged from the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide case in Kansas City.

In another sad story, ESPN.com looks at the death of former Denver receiver Kenny McKinley. He killed himself two years ago while on the injured reserve.