Mark Sanchez is no longer the New York Jets’ franchise quarterback.
He might not even be the backup.
Rex Ryan decided Tuesday to bench Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy after the fourth-year quarterback had another miserable performance in a 14-10 loss at Tennessee on Monday night that eliminated New York from playoff contention.
“I think it’s best for our team, and for this game,” Ryan said during a conference call.
So, it’ll be McElroy under center for his first NFL start when the Jets (6-8) play the San Diego Chargers at home Sunday. Ryan hasn’t decided whether Sanchez or Tim Tebow – listed as the No. 2 quarterback – will be the backup.
While Sanchez blew the second chance Ryan gave him a few weeks ago, Tebow was leapfrogged by a third-stringer, fueling speculation that the team has little confidence in him as a quarterback.
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