Jets start Greg McElroy, bench Mark Sanchez (updated)

This is the Jets’ new starting QB. (Wade Payne / AP)

Updated at 3:06 p.m. with Jets’ announcement

New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan wasn’t saying who his starting quarterback would be after Mark Sanchez’s ineffectiveness Monday night, but by Tuesday afternoon he was ready for a for a change.

Greg McElroy, the second-year QB out of Alabama, will start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers rather than his other option, Tim Tebow, the guy the Jets traded for in March. The news was first reported by  Rich Cimini of ESPN New York and Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Tebow played six snaps in the loss that crushed the Jets’ playoff hopes Monday night. McElroy has played in one game this season, the Jets’ 7-6 victory over Arizona on Dec. 2. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in that game.

Earlier Tuesday, Cimini had tweeted that Ryan was still discussing the decision with the staff, but that it looked “like [it’ll be] McElroy. However, Tebow [is] still involved in equation. This could be weird.”

Ya think?

In McElroy’s favor? He called out the Jets last winter for their “corrupt mindset.” In Tebow’s favor? Well, he led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs last year and sparked Tebowmania. In Sanchez’s favor? Pretty much nothing at this point.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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