Rather than wasting time with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the New York Jets should start former Alabama standout Greg McElroy at quarterback


Greg McElroy is better than Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow combined.

After yet another putrid performance in Sunday’s 28-7 loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, it is more evident than ever that Mark Sanchez is a quarterback incapable of making the New York Jets a winning organization.

The 26-year-old Sanchez, who the Jets (3-6) drafted with the fifth overall selection out of the University of Southern California (USC) in the 2009 NFL Draft, has tossed 65 scores, in contrast to 60 picks, for 11,069 yards in 56 career starts.

Most worrisome, Sanchez, the 2009 Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player award winner, has connected on a pathetic 54.7% of his passes.

The greatest quality a signal-caller can possess is accuracy and the Mexican-American, who lacks even a shred of touch on the ball, is flatly the most erratic passer in the league.

Despite being a substandard ballplayer, the Jets inked Sanchez to a three-year extension worth $40.5 million through the 2016 season in March.

Even more inexplicably, Gang Green guaranteed Sanchez’s 2013 contract for $8.25 million.

Hence, the Jets bought Sanchez undeserved job security and the used Trojan will remain an employee in the swamps of Jersey for at least another year.

Meanwhile, New York’s backup, Tim Tebow, is a talented athlete who regrettably throws like a glorified version of Corky Thatcher.

For countless reasons, Tebow will operate a Gotham brothel before being given a chance under center with the Jets.

So, rather than seeking a mediocre field general in the offseason, head coach Rex Ryan would be wise to gamble with former University of Alabama standout Greg McElroy.

The 24-year-old McElroy, the Jets choice in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, guided the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 14–0 season and the BCS National Championship as a junior in 2009.

“McElroy’s so sharp,” said Sanchez. “He’s got a ton of experience in college. He played in a lot of games — a national championship (2009). That’s great to add to our quarterback room. He’s picking things up quickly in the classroom. It’ll be good competition for all of us.”

McElroy, who threw 39 touchdowns, in comparison to 10 interceptions, for 5,691 yards in Tuscaloosa, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a National Football Foundation scholar/athlete in December 2010.

The 6-foot-2, 222 pound native of Los Angeles, who drove Gang Green to their first preseason touchdown in August against the Philadelphia Eagles, initially made headlines as a Jet last winter during a radio interview when he rightfully bashed his teammates and portrayed them as a flock of selfish cretins.

Jets icon Joe Namath, also a graduate of Alabama, used Twitter to gush about McElroy.

“Greg I’m excited to see you in Pro Football,” tweeted Namath, 69, who willed New York to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts to capture the championship in 1969. “Especially with the JETS!!”

Considering Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are a duo of feeble gumps, the New York Jets may actually “be good competition” for opponents with Greg McElroy at the helm.

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