Last night's debacle in Tennessee eliminated the Jets from playoff contention, and it's also cost Mark Sanchez his starting job: Rex Ryan will reportedly announce today that Greg McElroy will start on Sunday. So now we finally have the answer to the question of what it would take for someone other than Sanchez to start: fourteen games played, a 6-8 team record (with one of those wins coming after he'd been pulled from the game), thirteen touchdowns, seventeen interceptions, a comically bad fourth quarter with the team fighting to remain mathematically alive, and one buttfumble.
You'll note that despite Sanchez's benching, Tim Tebow still won't get to start. Via ESPN New York:
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.
Whatever. On a list of things the Jets organization needs to be concerned about right now, the potential fallout from passing over their second-string quarterback shouldn't be very high.