Rex Ryan has seen enough of Mark Sanchez.
The New York Jets coach made the dramatic, but expected decision Tuesday, benching the only starting quarterback hes had in four years. Ryan will give Greg McElroy his first career start Sunday at home against the San Diego Chargers.
Ryan is expected to address the media at 4:45 p.m.
The decision is a stunning blow to Tim Tebow, the No. 2 quarterback. The organization is concerned about the potential fallout from passing over one of the most popular players in the league, and Ryan may try to find a way to incorporate Tebow into the game plan, a source said.
Sanchez, who survived a job scare three weeks ago when he was pulled from a game, imploded in Monday nights 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He threw four interceptions and lost a fumble, tying a career high for turnovers as the Jets (6-8) were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
Sanchez has a league-high 24 turnovers, including 17 interceptions. His two-year turnover total is a staggering 50.
Its unclear how the benching will impact Sanchezs future with the team. He signed a contract extension last March, through 2016, and is due an $8.25 million guarantee in 2013. It means he probably will be back in 2013, although its hard to imagine him in a starting role.
So Mark Sanchez gets benched and Tim Tebow gets leapfrogged. Right move, even though it's too late to really matter now.