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Forget being the right football decision (which, at this point, it is) – the Jets’ decision to start someone other than Mark Sanchez at quarterback for the first time in the Rex Ryan era is the humane decision. Earlier this afternoon, it was reported that Sanchez will lose his starting spot to Greg McElroy for the Jets’ game against the Chargers Sunday, and if it doesn’t end Sanchez’s career with the Jets, it at least probably ends his 2012 season. And in a season rich with Jets misfires, it’s the right move.
At an 8:00 a.m. meeting with his team today, Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback for this week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s too bad for Greg McElroy, who threw a touchdown in his lone NFL appearance and led the team to a win after Sanchez faltered.
Watching Mark Sanchez throw three interceptions in the first half Sunday against the Cardinals was hard to stomach, especially if you’re a Jets fan. So naturally, your next move is to take a nap, because sleep > watching Mark Sanchez try to play football. But that goes for even the staunchest of Jets fans — even those whose son is the team’s backup quarterback.
All it took for Mark Sanchez to finally get benched was 11 weeks of uneven performances, constant ridicule from fans and analysts, and today’s three interceptions in the first half. And even still, football fans won’t get what they want, because Tim Tebow is out with a broken rib.
Tonight is the NBA Draft, a process that drags on for hours but really is only important for about a minute of elapsed time. Everyone cares about the top 10 picks, and whatever players their favorite team selects… and that’s it. But we have one other reason to tune into ESPN tomorrow night: the hot draft room girlfriend.