Posted December 05, 2012 on
AP on Fox
New York Jets
Mark Sanchez statistically ranks as one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL, but coach Rex Ryan still believes the embattled signal caller gives the New York Jets the best chance to win.
Despite being benched during another dismal performance, Sanchez will be under center to start the Jets' road matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Ryan's faith in Sanchez seems unfounded, given he ranks last among current starting QBs in passer rating (71.4) and completion percentage (55.0) during a disappointing season for New York (5-7).
Sanchez went 10 for 21 with three interceptions last week, forcing Ryan to turn to third-stringer Greg McElroy, who promptly threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland on his first career drive to help the Jets beat Arizona 7-6.
While the quarterback situation is anything but settled, Ryan plans to stick with Sanchez at least for one more week.
''When I looked at everything, the biggest thing I kept coming back to is: Who gives us the best opportunity to win?'' Ryan said. ''When I kept coming back to that, I believed the correct answer was Mark Sanchez.''
With Jacksonville-area native Tim Tebow still recovering from two broken ribs, McElroy would've been in line for his first pro start.
''You're not guaranteed anything, not at all,'' McElroy said. ''You do your best to make the most of your opportunity and do your best to help the team.''
Sanchez knows he's running out of chances to keep his job. The Jets rank 28th in the league in passing offense (193.8 yards per game) and 29th in total yards (308.9).
''I'm just disappointed because I let a lot of people down,'' Sanchez said. ''You let a lot of teammates down when you play like that. That never feels good. It's just not the way I prepare, not with the skill set I've been blessed to have.''
Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey wasn't surprised by Ryan's decision, though he has enough to worry about with a defense that ranks 28th allowing 260.9 passing yards per game.
"I had a gut feeling it would be Mark Sanchez," Mularkey said. "Why is that? I don't know, but I just felt like it was going to be. Our plan isn't going to be altered by whoever it was going to be."
The Jaguars (2-10) allowed a season-best 112 passing yards last week against Buffalo, but they also gave up a season-worst 232 rushing yards in a 34-18 loss.
Jacksonville is 31st in the NFL giving up 144.0 yards on the ground, and it will look to slow down a Jets rushing attack that compiled 177 yards last week, led by Shonn Greene's 104 on 24 carries.
The Jaguars hope fullback and former two-time special teams Pro Bowler Montell Owens can give their own running game a boost with the rest of their backs banged up.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jalen Parmele and Rashad Jennings are all dealing with injuries, forcing Owens into a starting role. He carried seven times for 29 yards against Buffalo after Jennings suffered a concussion.
''It's just a chance to showcase yourself in a way that you haven't been accustomed to,'' Owens said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Jacksonville ranks last in the NFL averaging only 78.8 yards on the ground, and Mularkey is hoping anyone can get the running game going.
''It's not the ideal situation, but I think you've got to make an attempt to try to keep it balanced,'' Mularkey said. ''I trust Montell Owens. When he had chances to carry the ball, I thought `Wow, this guy. I knew he was a good football player, but this guy is a decent back.'''
Some good news is that Chad Henne went 3-1 as a starter with Miami against the Jets, throwing six touchdowns and one interception with a 94.2 passer rating while opposing Sanchez each time.
Sanchez went 17 for 24 with two TDs and two picks in a 32-3 win over Jacksonville in the most recent meeting Sept. 18, 2011, ending the Jets' three-game losing streak to the Jaguars.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Woody Johnson wanted Greg McElroy. GM Mike Tannebaum and OC Tony Sparano backed Mark Sanchez. Rex Ryan could have hitched his wagon to the owner while distancing himself from the embattled GM and quarterback. Instead, Ryan jumped into the lifeboat with all three. Now only Sanchez can save the crowded sinking ship.
The mind boggling three quarterback controversy, that never really...
Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback Sunday for the New York Jets against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Sanchez was benched last Sunday in favor of Greg McElroy, who threw a touchdown pass in the Jets' 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Jets' third quarterback, Tim Tebow, is recovering from broken ribs. Source: NFL.com Attached...
Good news, Jets fans -- Rex Ryan has picked a starting quarterback for this week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bad news, Jets fans -- it's not who most of you have been clamoring for.
Mark Sanchez, who has felt the wrath of the fans all season long and was benched in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy on Sunday, will get the start Sunday, the team tweeted early...
The New York Jets announced on Wednesday that Mark Sanchez will once again be the team’s starting quarterback against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. Rex Ryan’s decision to bench Sanchez after a three-interception performance in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend led to speculation that the Jets could move forward with Greg McElroy the rest of the...
In a not-so-surprising move, Rex Ryan finally announced that Mark Sanchez would start for the New York Jets (5-7) this Sunday in Jacksonville when they face the Jaguars (2-10).
There had been a ton of speculation that Greg McElroy would get the nod, especially when reports surfaced that he was the quarterback owner Woody Johnson wanted to start. However, the decision was solely on...
Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly is expected to name Mark Sanchez the team's starting quarterback for its Week 14 showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In the NFL, quarterback play determines if a coach ultimately keeps his job. It’s a simple concept that most understand. If the quarterback plays well, the team has a better chance to win and the coach has a better chance to keep him job. In contrast, if the quarterback plays poorly, the team’s chances of winning are dramatically reduced and the coach’s job quickly begins to...
The New York Jets will continue to start quarterback Mark Sanchez for a least one more game. Color a lot of people surprised, but not us. Jets coach Rex Ryan pulled the plug on Sanchez last week following a three-interception first half, replacing him with Greg McElroy, who threw a 1-yard touchdown pass in the win.Ryan then said Monday that he needed a little more time to decide...
While Greg McElroy may be the choice of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, he is not the choice of head coach Rex Ryan, who has named Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sanchez was benched in New York’s Week 13 home win against the Arizona Cardinals after throwing three interceptions and failing to lead the...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has decided to go with Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback for this week’s game against the Jaguars.
Rex Ryan told his team this morning that he chose Mark Sanchez over Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2012
Ryan benched Sanchez last week in favor of Greg McElroy...
The quarterback controversy in New York appears to have no end in sight. And another wrinkle just made it even more complicated.
Mark Sanchez is keeping his starting job, for now. But after being benched for third-stringer Greg McElroy last week, and chants for Tim Tebow continuing to fill the stands at MetLife Stadium, Sanchez may not have that job for very long.
Now, as the Jets...
This week the Jets travel to Tim Tebow's hometown to play the Jaguars, unfortunately for the legion of Tebow supporters who undoubtedly wanted to line up to watch him play quarterback, equally unfortunate for many Jet fans that Greg McElroy won't be getting the start either, as you know, since it's all that anyone has talked about the entire week, Mark Sanchez will remain...
If one incident proved this week that, while class may be permanent form is certainly a favourable attribute to have, it was in New York as the Jets beat Arizona thanks to the unlikeliest of players.
The Jets, on a 4-7 record heading into the game and outsiders in the NFL betting odds thanks to having one of the worst offences in the NFL, overcame fellow strugglers Arizona 7-6 in...
After being pulled late in week 13′s matchup against the capricious Arizona Cardinals after throwing his third INT and generally being ineffective, Sanchez will get yet another shot in the saddle. Rex Ryan has named Mark Sanchez the starting QB for Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, in what some would call an appalling display of “cement-headedness.” This decision [...]