This was one of the ugliest games that I have seen Mark Sanchez play since he was drafted four years ago. You have a team that has an exceptional defense that can give you trouble, but their offense just couldn't do anything right and sadly for Sanchez his play almost matched that of Ryan Lindley.
When the Jets had so many chances to get near the end zone and when Nick Folk nailed the uprights twice to deny the Jets three points, something had to give and all of a sudden Rex Ryan made the boldest move of his short coaching career, and decided to take Mark Sanchez out and put in Greg McElroy.
You heard the crowd give a giant roar when No. 14 started to warm up on the sidelines while the defense was taking care of business on Lindley. But at 4:48 of the third quarter McElroy took over for Sanchez and the crowd cheered every single play in the Jets' fourth possession of the second half.
The plays finally started to come as Bilal Powell ran for 17 yards for a first down, a fantastic leaping catch by Stephen Hill for 7 yards and a first down followed by a unnecessary roughness call as McElroy was shoved on the white paint going out of bounds. On the very next play, the Powell's ten yard run gave the Jets a 1st-and-Goal situation.
New York tried a couple of running plays to inch closer, then the moment came at the beginning of the fourth quarter as McElroy circles towards his right and scrambles out wide with tight end Jeff Cumberland wide open in the back of the end zone following his new QB. McElroy throws it and earned his first NFL passing touchdown in his career.
MetLife Stadium exploded into cheers and celebration for the first lead of the game and at the time it was 7-3 Jets. From there on out McElroy did not throw any balls that went to the secondary, he didn't get sacked or fumble the ball. McElroy showed poise and smarts perfectly protected the football.
The question right now is who will be the starting quarterback for the Jets on the road to Jacksonville and the final four games of the season? As much as I have defended Sanchez towards the end of last season up until now, sadly he has lost the plot.
But as I have always said he didn't regress all by himself, he had help from Brian Schottenheimer, Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum and now offensive coordinator in Tony Sparano. This has been a committee of guilty parties along with Sanchez who was forced to stay in the pocket and didn't make any moves to help his cause or the Jets to earn positive yards.
But now the big question is this, will McElroy truly start down in Jacksonville or will Rex Ryan continue to tap Mark Sanchez on the shoulder and allow him another chance to start? That question will be answered during this week in practice as to who will behind center down at Everbank Stadium this upcoming Sunday.