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Pressure is on for Mark Sanchez, Jets
Mark Sanchez will take the first center snap for the Jets on Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville. How many he gets beyond that point is a mystery. At least the 2-10 Jaguars are a team with more problems than the Jets at this point. Here's a look at the matchup of sub-.500 AFC squads.
Jets coach Rex Ryan opened Pandora's box last week when he sat Sanchez in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy, who led the team to a comeback 7-6 win against the visiting Arizona Cardinals. If Sanchez struggles again, he could be yanked at any time. The real question becomes which backup Ryan would turn to: Tim Tebow or McElroy?
Fortunately for Sanchez and the Jets, the Jaguars defense has been abysmal this year. The unit is among the bottom five in every major team defense statistical category. If he plays poorly against this unit, he doesn't deserve to start in the NFL anymore this season. The same can be said for the running back duo of Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell, but they are coming off a strong week anyhow.
The feeling is mutual
Jacksonville has had its fair share of poor quarterback play this year. Blaine Gabbert, a first rounder last year, is their preferred option, but he carries a 77.4 passer rating. He's injured, so Chad Henne has played most of the last three games with mixed results. He'll get the start again this week.