Coach Rex Ryan announced Wednesday that the New York Jets will start Mark Sanchez at quarterback on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Ryan O'Halloran. Sanchez gets the nod over backups Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy.
Last weekend, Sanchez was pulled in the third quarter of New York's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sanchez had thrown three interceptions and completed 10 of 21 passing attempts before being replaced by Greg McElroy. Tim Tebow was unavailable, due to a rib injury. McElroy drove the Jets down the field and passed to Jeff Cumberland for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown.
Last season, the Jets trounced the Jaguars in Week 2, 32-3. Sanchez threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns, but he also coughed up two interceptions.
Sanchez has come under heavy fire this year, as frustrated New York fans have frequently called for replacements Tebow and McElroy. This season, the Jets average just 18.8 points per game, which is seventh-worst in the NFL.