”I knew at some point before I died, I’d start at quarterback again. I’m glad it’s this week.”
-Mark Sanchez, quarterback, New York Jets
After a dreadful performance, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was benched. His coach, Rex Ryan, was tired of the errors he kept making on the field. Tim Tebow, the most famous non-playing backup quarterback of the 2012 NFL football wagering season, was still out with a ribcage injury, so Ryan brought in rookie QB Greg McElroy near the end of the 3rd quarter in their game against Arizona. YouWager’s football bettors watched as McElroy managed to lead the Jets to the only touchdown of the game on his first NFL drive, and helped New York claim a 7-6 victory. Sanchez was 10 of 21 for 97 and three interceptions, and McElroy was 5 of 7 for 29 yards and the score. The team appeared to be inspired.
This week, however, Rex Ryan announced that he will go with Sanchez in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. For now. At YouWager, the Jaguars are presently 2.5 underdogs in that matchup. Ryan told a YouWager news source, ”I have to get this decision right, and I believe I have.”
Sanchez said he was very pleased with his coach’s decision. ”Now it’s my job to go make him right,” he said. Sanchez admitted that he lost confidence during last Sunday’s performance. ”It was probably the worst and best experience of my life,” Sanchez told YouWager’s source. ”Hopefully, you learn from it and move on and never look back. It was definitely was the worst, but it could turn around and be one of the best things that’s ever happened.”
If coach Ryan was sending him a message, he got it loud and clear. He said, ”I know. I got it.”
It’s not clear at this point in time if Tim Tebow will be able to play Sunday. Ryan promised that he won’t immediately kick Sanchez out of the game if he has some trouble. ”If he throws one interception, it doesn’t mean he’s going to get benched, necessarily,” Ryan said.
An NFL analyst at YouWager points out that, in his last 4 games, Sanchez has really struggled, to make two touchdowns and five interceptions.
McElroy, the understudy, brought more controversy to New York’s quarterback dilemma back in January when he told a local radio that playing for the Jets was the first time he’d ever been around such selfish individuals. He went on to say that he thought many of the team’s players cared more about their own personal performance, than the team. YouWager’s serious college football bettors will recall that as the starting quarterback for Alabama, McElroy, then a junior, led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 14–0 season, and the 2009 SEC championship and the BCS National Championship.
The Jets may simply be stuck with Sanchez and his-priced contract, and they will have to see if he is capable of bouncing back. ”I believe in Mark,” Ryan told YouWager’s source. At this sportsbook, New York is a 2.5 favorite in Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. The total is 38. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.