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At one point during this interminable offseason, the Jets had six quarterbacks on their roster. Six! Kind of absurd, don't you think? They've since managed to pare that down to a much more reasonable four, which is still at least one more than any team needs. Tim Tebow is gone (against his will), and now he's been followed by David Garrard, who was unable to continue due to his knee not quite holding up anymore. This leaves the Jets with two unproven quarterbacks (Geno Smith and Matt Simms), one semi-proven quarterback (Greg McElroy), and one quarterback who's proved something, although perhaps not quite what he set out to (Mark Sanchez). We'd love to be a fly on the wall in coach Rex Ryan's office when he makes his final decision. The wait is almost too much to handle.
Tim Tebow may be gone, but that doesn't mean the Jets' quarterback situation is settled. General manager John Idzik said that there's going to be an open competition for the QB spot, including everyone from struggling incumbent Mark Sanchez to backup Matt Simms. Whether the quarterback who starts the season will be the same person who finishes it is another question, but the Jets are keeping what options they have open on all fronts.
The Jets have a pretty good problem -- they have four quarterbacks in camp who have all started in the NFL. Or at least it'd be a good problem without all the question marks: Mark Sanchez's confidence, Tim Tebow's arm, David Garrard's health and Greg McElroy's inexperience. It'll be interesting to see which direction the Jets go in this season -- if, in fact, they decide to go in a single direction at all.
Greg McElroy may have won against the Cardinals last week, but Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez for this week's matchup against the Jaguars. In the long term, this might be a better decision than we're giving it credit for -- winning games at this point might actually be a bit counterproductive for the 5-7 Jets, and it might be time to look forward to next season -- but it's still something of a strange one given Sanchez's benching last week. Given the available options at quarterback, which one would give the Jets the best chance to come away with a win in Jacksonville?
Sanchez has the best draft pedigree out of all three quarterbacks, and he's owed the most money, but his performance this year has been less-than-exemplary.
McElroy only got a brief chance to play last week with Sanchez imploding and Tim Tebow injured, but he did manage to avoid mistakes and lead the Jets to their only score of the day.
Tebow's health is a big question mark going into this game, but were he healthy, he'd offer a much different look at the quarterback position than either Sanchez or McElroy.
The Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow debate has consumed the back pages of New York tabloids for most of the season, but might they have been focusing on the wrong backup quarterback? Greg McElroy didn't exactly turn into Joe Namath upon replacing Mark Sanchez in the Jets' matchup against the Cardinals, but he did lead the Jets to their first and only score and the win without throwing an interception. Tebow could do nothing but watch from the sideline, out with an injury on the one day when he might have taken over for good in New York. Is McElroy the answer at quarterback for the Jets?More: Is Sanchez done as the Jets' starter? What should the team do in 2013?
McElroy's biggest contribution to the Jets' win may have been simply not turning the ball over -- a problem that has plagued Mark Sanchez.
A playoff spot?
The Jets are 5-7, a record that might have been better with improved quarterback play.
A Tebow-sized mistake?
Tim Tebow has contributed little to the Jets on the field, while providing (through no fault of his own) a pretty significant distraction.