Earlier this week, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Greg McElroy would be his team's starting quarterback in this weekend's regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills. When McElroy came down with concussion symptoms on Thursday, however, Ryan announced that he'd be turning to a familiar face for the finale: Mark Sanchez will start in Week 17.
"When I looked at it, you only have two practices left, one's a walkthrough," Ryan said, via NewYorkJets.com. "The fact that Mark had success earlier in the year against (Buffalo), I thought this was the right decision."
Ryan's decision may very well end up being the correct one, much to the chagrin of Tim Tebow. Sanchez has routinely cut through the Bills' defense like a hot knife through butter over the last three years, as the Jets have yet to lose to the Bills under Chan Gailey. In four starts since the start of the 2010 season, Sanchez has completed 61.4 percent of his passes (70-of-114) for 837 yards (a 7.34 yards per attempt average, for those counting) with 10 touchdowns, just three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 102.1.
In this year's season opener against the Bills, Sanchez had arguably the best game of his career - and easily his best game of this season - when he completed 19-of-27 passes for 266 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Both of these organizations seem certain to undergo major changes this off-season, and those changes will likely include the quarterback position. Before that happens, however, we'll see one last epic showdown between Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick.