Once again Rex Ryan decides to start Mark Sanchez at the quarterback position when the New York Jets travel to play the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Ryan believes Sanchez gives the Jets the best opportunity to win football games even after Greg McElroy's second half comeback win against the Arizona Cardinals.
"Well you know obviously, Coach Ryan's going to do what's in the best interest of the team and we trust him to make the best decision and obviously we believe in that that is the correct decision," McElroy admitted. "We think that going forward, this is a great opportunity for all of us to continue to work, continue to improve and I know Mark's going to play great on Sunday."
McElroy gave Jets' fans something to cheer about against the Cardinals as he pioneered the lone scoring drive which proved to be the winner for New York. Excitement filled the stadium because for the first time in weeks the fans had something to cheer about.
McElroy's game winning pass came from the one yard line when he rolled out of the pocket and lobbed a pass to a wide open Jeff Cumberland. Other than the lone scoring drive the Jets were conservative with their passing game while McElroy was in the game. McElroy only attempted seven passes during his short time in, completing five of them for 29 yards.
During this week's practice week McElroy returned to his usual spot on the scout team. He has been watching film and making the best of his opportunity in the National Football League.
"It's been fun, obviously," McElroy explained. "It's been a great couple of days because it's after a win so you kind of enjoy that. Most of yesterday was kind of spent just getting ready for Jacksonville and watching them and obviously Monday was spent mostly to look back and reflect on the game and the mistakes and the things that you did well. So it's been just a normal week to tell you the truth. It hasn't really been anything different for me as an individual and I would assume that everyone else probably approached it the same way. "
McElroy is a proven winner since his days at the University of Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and a National Championship during the 2009 season. The Jets have an outside shot to make the playoffs, but they would need a lot of help from other times, while winning their remaining four football games.
Sanchez and the Jets are sitting at 5-7 on the season. On Sunday Sanchez was unable to put points on the scoreboard. He also threw three first half interceptions that led to Ryan benching his starting quarterback.
The main controversy in the Jets locker room this week was who would be under center. Sanchez seems to have nine lives because he is once again leading the offense. This is Sanchez's chance to turn around a nightmare season. If Sanchez has similar numbers this week against the struggling Jaguars he may find himself permanently on the bench for the remainder of the 2012 season. This would give the quarterback who has been placed on the inactive list throughout the majority of the season a chance to be the regular starter.
"In this game, in this sport (and) in this profession, you're not guaranteed anything," reflected McElroy. "Obviously all you have to do is, when you are in the game you have to do your best to try to make the most of your opportunity and do your best to help the team be as successful as they possible could be. We did some good things on Sunday, and we were able to do enough for a win, but understand that roles are never set in stone, they can change day-to-day and just whatever your role may be, embrace it and try to do whatever you possibly can to help the team."