Mark Sanchez is in a downward spiral, Tim Tebow reportedly wants out, and the New York Jets quarterback woes continue.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan named Greg McElroy the starter for Sunday’s matchup with the San Diego Chargers, and that decision is not sitting well with Tebow.
According to the New York Daily News, the reserve quarterback that was supposed to be an integral and innovative part of New York’s offense this season, will request a trade or release at the conclusion of the season if McElroy starts the final two games.
The Jets may also have to decide what to do with Sanchez, who is owed more than $8 million in guaranteed salary next season.
Formerly the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Sanchez has struggled throughout the season, throwing 13 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions, and has been the butt of jokes while running into his offensive line and dinging a pass off of Tebow’s head.
Ryan showed tremendous loyalty to Sanchez, but his five turnovers in Monday night’s 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans squashed the minuscule chance New York had for the playoffs, and he's now turned to McElroy.
The Jets traded for Tebow back in March from Denver, and instantly created a quarterback controversy with Sanchez that even Brett Favre would have shaken his head at.
As he guided the Broncos to the playoffs last season, Tebow was one of the most sensational stories in the NFL, but his ability to play quarterback was still questioned, and many felt the Jets were only trying to “cash in” on Tebowmania.
Nine months later and Ryan and the Jets coaching staff haven’t figured out how to employ Tebow in the offense. Appearing in 11 games this year, he has 32 rushes for 102 yards, and completed six of eight passes for 39 yards.
Now Ryan has leapfrogged Tebow in favor of McElroy, who replaced Sanchez against Arizona in Week 13 and guided the Jets to a 7-6 win with a one-yard touchdown pass, going 5-for-7 for 29 yards.
“I want to put Greg out there,” Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m going to put Greg out there. In my opinion, that’s what’s best for our team.”
It is unknown what teams would be interested in Tebow, but a return to Florida has always been a rumored destination. The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly wanted to trade for him back in March, but it was Tebow who nixed the move.