Embattled head coach Rex Ryan watched his New York Jets fumble away the team’s playoff chances in a disastrous Monday Night Football loss to the Tennessee Titans.
After throwing four interceptions, opening day starter Mark Sanchez and his offense miraculously found themselves on the field with just under a minute to play with a chance to win thanks to a 19-yard Titans punt.
However, as quickly as Ryan and Co. were provided hope, just as swiftly were any dreams of a comeback dashed when the shotgun snap hit Sanchez in his ankles and a Tennessee player fell on it.
Throughout the ballgame, announcer Jon Gruden seemed flabbergasted by how Ryan was managing his two quarterbacks, Sanchez and Tim Tebow, who had been traded for prior to the season to run the Wildcat formation.
On Tuesday, as Ryan picked up the pieces on his failed season, he made an announcement that only further befuddled the team, its fans, and basically the entire sports world.
Instead of naming Tebow the starter in the wake of Sanchez’s repeated ineptitude under center, Ryan has officially named third-stringer and Alabama alum Greg McElroy the team’s starter, according to NFL SpinZone.
Tebow took the NFL by storm a season ago, when he turned around a flailing Denver Broncos squad and led them to a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, perhaps with the playoffs out of reach, Ryan does not see the point in going with Mr. Tebow (of course, now might be a great time to shout something like, “Why the *bleep* didn’t he pull Sanchez a month ago?!”).
Of course, it is not time for Crimson Tide fans to point and laugh at Gator Nation quite yet — McElroy has yet to play four full quarters of football in the NFL.
He will be provided that opportunity against another franchise that had entered the 2012 season with high expectations, only to fall flat, in the San Diego Chargers.
McElroy’s performance, one way or another, will be guaranteed to have huge ramification on the futures of not only Sanchez and Tebow, but Ryan and every member of the Jets front office.
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