FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: Rex Ryan addresses the media during a press conference after being introduced as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on January 21, 2009 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
If Rex Ryan is going to go down, he’s apparently going to do so with his guy under center.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ryan is going to name Mark Sanchez his starting quarterback for the Jets’ game this Sunday in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. This comes just a few days after Ryan pulled Sanchez during the team’s 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Though nothing is final, one team source said he’s “almost certain” that Jets HC Rex Ryan will name Mark Sanchez his starting quarterback.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2012
Sanchez has been awful as of late, and it finally led to him being pulled on Sunday at home against the Cardinals. The USC product was just 10 of 21 for 97 with three more interceptions on Sunday before being pulled in favor of Greg McElroy.
McElroy did complete five of seven passes for 29 yards and what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown late in New York’s win. It was the second-year pro’s NFL debut.
Further complicating matters for Ryan is the potential return of Tim Tebow this weekend, as he may return from a rib injury. That might make things real interesting. Tebow is a hero in Florida, particularly the Jacksonville area where he is from.