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Rex Ryan: You’re not going to believe this, but Mark Sanchez is starting against Bills

What better way for the New York Jets to end their season than to start the quarterback who was once the starter, then got benched, then started again, then got benched again and is now preparing to be under center to close out the year. Greg McElroy is still suffering from concussion-like symptoms, which means Mark Sanchez is starting against the Buffalo Bills this weekend.

You didn’t think Tim Tebow would actually get an opportunity, did you?

“You’re not going to believe this one,” Ryan told reporters Thursday morning, via Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “I was stunned by it. Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo. He’s very familiar with them. That’s the reason I’m going with Mark. I had the conversation with both Mark and Tim…. about what I was going to do. Obviously, Tim’s not happy with that. That’s what you expect.”

The announcement is the perfect ending to arguably the most hectic season in Jets history. In the offseason, most experts predicted Tebow would earn the starting job at some point during the season when Sanchez inevitably struggled. Sanchez certainly struggled, but Tebow was never given a chance. In fact, there were even reports that he asked to be removed from situational duty if he wasn’t going to be given an opportunity to start.

“Obviously, (Tebow would) like a shot at it,” Ryan explained. ”When you look at it with the situation the way it is, it’s a short window to get the preparation time in. I just think it’s best for a our football team. That doesn’t mean that Tim won’t play in this game, but I’m just more comfortable starting Mark.”

If Tim plays in this game, we’d be surprised. Actually, the Jets could run Fireman Ed out onto the field and it wouldn’t shock us with the way this season has gone.

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Mark Sanchez jerseys have apparently hit the clearance rack (Picture) (UPDATED)

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Was Sunday the official start of the Greg McElroy era in New York? Chances are the New York Jets will pursue another option at starting quarterback when the offseason begins, which means there is also a good chance Mark Sanchez may have taken his last snap with the team. Otherwise, it would probably cost you more than $10 for his Jets jersey.

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Jets reportedly feared ‘Tebowmania’ would ruin Mark Sanchez’s psyche

When the New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow last offseason, the same question popped into the minds of almost everyone — why? If Rex Ryan and company were so committed to Mark Sanchez after signing him to a hefty extension, why would they bring in a quarterback who is arguably the most popular player in the NFL and just led a team to the playoffs?

One common line of thinking is that the Jets were trying to motivate Sanchez and get him to take his game to the next level in his fourth year as a starter. However, a source reportedly told the NY Post that the Jets were extremely concerned that “Tebowmania” would derail Marky Mark.

There was also the “Tebowmania” factor. One source described the organization as “frozen with fear” that Tebow would actually excel, creating a quarterback controversy that would wreck Sanchez’s psyche. Tebow wound up being more effective as the personal protector on the punt team than as an offensive player.

Instead of motivating Sanchez to elevate his game or having an insurance policy in case Sanchez stumbled, the Jets wound up with the worst possible scenario. The coaching staff clearly lost all confidence in Tebow and it appears he will be released or traded after the season. Sanchez has gotten worse as the season progresses, having thrown seven interceptions in his last three games.

Whether it was Tebowmania that ruined Sanchez or he is simply not a viable NFL starter is irrelevant at this point. The only thing that matters is Greg McElroy is New York’s starting quarterback for Week 16, and that has nothing to do with injuries. Did we see this coming? Not exactly, but that doesn’t mean it’s a shock.

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Jets reportedly will try to trade Mark Sanchez, are interested in Vick

The New York Jets will attempt to trade quarterback Mark Sanchez after the season, the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday.

The news comes a day after Sanchez was benched by the Jets in favor of Greg McElroy, a former seventh-round pick who entered the season as the team’s third-string quarterback. The Daily News report is somewhat surprising given the unwavering support the Jets had demonstrated for Sanchez until now.

The Jets traded first and second-round picks, and three players to the Cleveland Browns in 2009 in order to move up to the No. 5 slot where they drafted Sanchez. They signed him to a five-year, $50 million deal that included $28 million guaranteed, and they reached the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons in the league. However, without as much support from a dominant defense and running game, the Jets struggled when Sanchez was asked to do more for the offense. He responded by committing 50 turnovers the past two seasons — more than any other quarterback.

Sanchez’s salary for 2013 includes $8.25 million in base pay. If the Jets are unable to find a trade partner, the Daily News says Sanchez would likely be brought back by the team where he would compete for the starting job.

The other interesting aspect of the Daily News’ report is the speculation that the Jets will attempt to bring in Michael Vick in the offseason. Vick suffered a brutal concussion in Week 9 and has been replaced by Nick Foles as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Philly is expected to release him before his multi-million roster bonus is due in March. The Jets could be the team most likely to pursue him — head coach Rex Ryan reportedly loves Vick — and then we would have another lovely Jets circus on our hands.

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Jets fans burn Mark Sanchez jerseys after loss to Titans (Video)

Mark-Sanchez-jersey-burningMark Sanchez had another abysmal performance for the New York Jets on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans, this time putting the final nail in the coffin for the 2012 season and possibly his career with the team. Sanchez threw four interceptions and turned the ball over five times, finishing with an embarrassing passer rating of 32.6. It was the second time in three weeks that he threw three or more interceptions in a single game.

Many Jets fans saw enough of Sanchez weeks ago, but several of them needed the brutal loss to Tennessee to fully give up on the former USC star. As you can see from the video above, a couple of Jets fans decided to put their “sincere disheartening” on display after the game and ceremoniously burn their Sanchez jerseys. And yes, they made sure to mention the infamous butt fumble.

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Jets’ season fittingly ends on embarrassing fumble

mark-sanchez-fumbleThe New York Jets’ playoff hopes ended in the most fitting way possible. Immediately after a shanked punt gave New York a great chance to come back and beat the Titans on “Monday Night Football,” the Jets turned the ball over on an embarrassing fumble.

The Jets were down 14-10 and had the ball at the Tennesse 25 with 47 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was in the shotgun, and he was unable to field a low snap from center Nick Mangold. As Sanchez tried to recover the snap, running back Bilal Powell cut in front of him to try to help block. Unfortunately, Powell kicked the ball as he was moving across the field and the Titans recovered the loose ball.

“That’s the way this game should end!” announcer Mike Tirico pronounced. “That’s the way the Jets’ season should end! Ugly, and a loss!”

Tirico could not have said it better. The Jets were 6-7 entering the game and had no business making the playoffs. They proved that with an inept performance on Monday.

Sanchez went 13-for-28 with 131 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions. Prior to the fumble that ended the Jets’ season, he had thrown interceptions on back-to-back possessions. But the thing is the Titans were doing everything possible to give away the game. Tennessee went three-and-out on its drive, and then kicked a 19-yard punt that gave the Jets incredible field position. But like they had all season, the Jets blew it with an embarrassing play.

In a season that featured 21 points allowed to the Patriots in 52 seconds, Bart Scott freaking out at the media, players anonymously ripping Tim Tebow, Fireman Ed quitting as a superfan, Braylon Edwards calling management idiots (and then getting signed by said management a week later), and a freaking butt fumble, seeing the Jets lose in such a clumsy way was about as fitting as possible.

The New York Post nailed it when they put the Jets in a clown car before the season began. This team is a joke.

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Rex Ryan names Mark Sanchez starting quarterback against the Jaguars

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 way. Apparently Ryan and company do not feel McElroy gives them a better chance to win.

Ryan’s decision to not commit to a starting quarterback earlier this week marked the first time he has shown a lack of confidence in Sanchez when speaking to reporters. As Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News pointed out, Rex has a vested interest in Sanchez since the team traded up to draft him in 2009. However, the decisions the Jets coach makes over the next several weeks could determine whether he returns to New York next season.

On Tuesday, the NY Daily News reported that Jets owner Woody Johnson preferred McElroy to start against Jacksonville but that GM Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano were leaning toward Sanchez. At this point, it’s safe to say Ryan’s decision to start Sanchez is hardly a PR move. The Jets need to win out to have any shot at making the playoffs. If they don’t reach the postseason, Rex could very well lose his job. By naming Sanchez the starter, it’s clear he believes the former USC Trojan gives New York a better chance to win than McElroy would.

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