NFL: New York Jets bench quarterback Mark Sanchez; Greg McElroy named starter for week 16 match against San Diego Chargers
New York Jets have benched Mark Sanchez in favour of Greg McElroy for the week 16 match against San Diego Chargers.
Last Updated: 19/12/12 8:51am
McElroy, a second-year pro who has thrown only seven passes in his NFL career, has also jumped ahead of Sanchez's back-up Tim Tebow and will start against San Diego Chargers in New York on Sunday.
"After thinking about it, about where the team is now, I think it's best for our team and for this game," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "That's what I feel in my gut."
Sanchez, who led the Jets to the AFC title game in each of his first two seasons and still has four years remaining on a lucrative contract, paid the price for an error-riddled campaign.
The final straw came with four interceptions in a Monday night loss to the Tennessee Titans in week 15, a defeat that dropped the Jets to 6-8 for the season and out of contention for a play-off spot.