Rex Ryan names Mark Sanchez Jets starting QB despite 'disagreement internally'

After Greg McElroy's relief appearance resulted in a win for the Jets over the Cardinals on Sunday, Rex Ryan was leaning toward giving McElroy the start against the Jaguars in Week 14.

But the Jets coach is going back to old faithful and is starting Mark Sanchez, the team announced on its Twitter page Wednesday morning.

Sanchez is having a regression-packed season, having only completed 55 percent of his passes and thrown 12 touchdowns to 13 interceptions. He's averaging 6.57 yards per attempt and hasn't looked like a top-five pick in the slightest, much less one who's slowly improving.

But Sanchez's contract is also guaranteed for next year; casting him aside isn't even a viable option for Ryan and the Jets at this point. Not that some people didn't try. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports there was "much disagreement internally about who to start" in Jacksonville this week.

The Jaguars are a pretty good team to get going against, having given up 260 passing yards per game this season, as well as 7.4 yards per attempt. But if Tim Tebow is active, there will be plenty of fans waiting for him to get on the field if Sanchez struggles.

And even if Tebow doesn't play, you can guarantee the McElroy-ites will be looking for a change as well.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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