New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan lost his cool with quarterback Mark Sanchez after another dismal performance in the game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, pulling him for the first time in his career.
Sanchez threw three interceptions and went just 10 for 21 with 97 passing yards when Ryan called Greg McElroy into the game, surprising many as the 24-year-old has no previous game experience and didn’t even take any first-team practice reps during the week. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow, however, was not an option as he was on the inactive list with fractured ribs.
McElroy took advantage of the opportunity by making an immediate positive impact, scoring a touchdown against the Cardinals after connecting with Jeff Cumberland for a 1-yard touchdown pass and ultimately capturing his first NFL win. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards in the game, taking the Jets to the win over the Cardinals by a score of 7-6.
There has already been a lot of talk about the battle of the two quarterbacks, Tebow and Sanchez, for the starting position. Now it looks like a third has made his way into the conversation. Who will win the privilege to start next week’s game against the Jaguars?
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Watch this video featuring Greg McElroy and Tim Teboy at 2012 training camp: