Rex Ryan finally figured out what everyone else in the world already knew — if you bench Mark Sanchez, the Jets will win. And win they did.
Granted, the Jets’ 7-6 victory came over the lowly Cardinals — led by overwhelmed rookie Ryan Lindley — but at this point, a win is a win. The Jets were trailing 3-0 midway through the third quarter when Ryan made the change from Sanchez to second-year quarterback Greg McElroy (Tim Tebow was inactive with broken ribs). And the switch immediately paid dividends as McElroy chucked a one-yard touchdown to Jeff Cumberland.
Earlier in the week, Sanchez said he still “loved” the Jets’ chances to make the playoffs. Perhaps he knew of the future switch to McElroy. There’s no word on what the Jets will do next week against Jacksonville, but there may be a full-scale riot in New York if the Jets go back to Sanchez.
Surely Jaguars owner Shad Khan would approve if the Jets started Tebow in Jacksonville next week — it would help ticket sales to have Florida’s glory boy back.