Sanchez, the 4 year vet out of USC, came out and threw 3 interceptions, bringing him to 13 on the season. There was no longer a reason to let Sanchez stay in and Rex new that. So it finally happened, Greg Mcelroy began to warm up on the sideline and Metlife stadium was electric. The crowd went wild as he marched the Jets down for a TD. One that defined the Jets season, lackluster.
That one word sums up what this season has been. Why? Well quite simply, a 3rd string QB woke up the crowd that had been asleep all season, and apparently that means nothing to Rex Ryan.
If Rex didn't notice what the QB switch did to the atmosphere on and off the field, it changed everything, so much. As soon as Mcelroy stepped on the field everyone was playing better. Everyone finally had a motivation, A QB who could lead, who could take them somewhere Mark Sanchez couldn't.
So there is only one more thing to this, why did Rex Ryan choose to Stick with Sanchez?
"He has to play better, he has to protect the ball better," said Ryan, adding that he would "absolutely" pull Sanchez if the turnovers continue.
Well Lets start with the contract situation, the Jets have fully guaranteed Sanchez's contract extension prior to this season. That is probably the dumbest thing Tanny has ever done. Why guarantee so much money to a QB who is average at his best. The answer is plain and simple, you shouldn't! But Rex said money wasn't part of his choice, and I'm not sure if i believe that.
So what motivated Rex to start Sanchez if he claims money was no factor in the decision? Potential. The potential to be great, something we haven't seen Sanchez show at all since 2010.
If you look back a few years Sanchez wasn't all that bad. In fact, he was pretty good. We all forget about the 2 AFC championships he lead the Jets to, but thats probably because whats happened since. A huge collapse last year and an awful year this year have doomed the Jets. So what potential does rex see in this guy?
To be honest, I don't know and I probably will never understand it. The Decision wasn't the right one, it was just the safe one. And if you want to be a winner you have to take chances, something Rex is to scared to do.
So what do I think is going to happen in Jacksonville? Mark Sanchez is going to come out motivated, and still suck. He doesn't deserve any more chances, and Rex Ryan won't give him any. Mcelroy needs this chance, and when he gets it then we will see what he can do.
As a wise man once said,
"You play to win the game."
and based on this past week, The Jets don't seem like they are.