New York, NY – After the New York Jets were eliminated from postseason contention with Monday's loss at Tennessee, coach Rex Ryan decided to change quarterbacks.
Out went Mark Sanchez and the starter for Sunday's home finale against San Diego will be ... Greg McElroy, who could be the lone holdover at the quarterback position for the Jets next season.
A report Wednesday in the New York Daily News indicated that Tim Tebow, who spent this season as Sanchez's backup, would likely request a trade or ask for his release if he did not get a chance to play in the final two games.
ESPN New York cited league sources as saying that the Jets plan to part ways with Tebow after the season.
The Daily News later reported the Jets could also explore trade options for Sanchez, although making a deal might be difficult since he is due a guaranteed $8.25 million for 2013.
McElroy has been inactive for all but one game this season, but he got a chance to relieve an ineffective Sanchez in a Week 13 game against Arizona and led the Jets to their lone touchdown in a 7-6 win.
Sanchez's five-turnover effort on Monday against the Titans prompted Ryan's decision to change quarterbacks and Tebow was apparently unhappy with being bypassed.
"Sometimes things just happen out of your control and obviously you might not be pleased with them or happy about it, but you just try to handle it as best you can," Tebow said Wednesday at his locker.
While Tebow said he has not yet asked for a trade, he did say he would "talk about that after the season."
Tebow was acquired from Denver in one of the most hyped trades for a backup quarterback in NFL history. It was thought he would give the Jets an added dimension on offense, but he has rarely been used.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has appeared in 11 games this season and has completed 6-of-8 passes for a mere 39 yards while also rushing for 102 yards on 32 carries. He has been on the field for 70 offensive snaps.
Sanchez helped the Jets to a pair of AFC Championship Game appearances in his first two seasons, but has struggled for most of the past two years. He has completed just 54.8 percent of his passes this season for 2,678 yards with 13 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His 24 turnovers lead the NFL.
"It's been a tough (season)," said Sanchez on Wednesday, "but we have two games left and we're really focused on just going out and playing well, playing for a little bit of pride here, trying to get back to .500. And whatever that means for me personally, just helping Greg as much as I can and then be ready for my next shot."
Sanchez added he hasn't thought about his future as a Jet, but wants to stay with the team that selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft.