After being eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night, the New York Jets announced that backup quarterback Greg McElroy will start over Mark Sanchez in Sunday's game against the Chargers.
The move comes the day after Sanchez threw four interceptions and fumbled the snap on a potential game-winning drive in an ugly 14-10 loss to the Titans. New York fell to 6-8, two games behind the wild card leaders.
McElroy, a seventh-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2011, has appeared in just one NFL game. During Week 13 against the Cardinals, he led the Jets on the only touchdown drive of the game, giving them a 7-6 win that allowed them to creep back into contention.
In the team's past three games, Sanchez has thrown one touchdown compared to seven interceptions, although the Jets won two of those games. He owns a 67.9 quarterback rating on the season, slightly below his career rating of 72.1.
Media members, including SNY's Adam Schein and NFL Network's Kimberly Jones, are already questioning why the Jets continue to neglect Tim Tebow after acquiring him in the offseason for fourth and sixth round picks. McElroy was inactive the past two weeks, with Tebow serving as the backup.