New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday he is not ready to decide on who will start at quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ryan benched starter Mark Sanchez after he struggled against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. After Sanchez completed 10 of 21 passes for 97 yards with three interceptions, Ryan brought in third-stringer Greg McElroy. Backup Tim Tebow was inactive with a rib injury.
McElroy completed 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass as the Jets edged the Cardinals, 7-6.
Ryan wants to further evaluate the quarterback situation during the week before making a commitment.
"I definitely need a little more time to make that decision," Ryan said. "I'm comfortable and confident in all three guys. ... I'll make that decision as the week goes on."
He did not rule out Tebow, but wants to make sure he is healthy. Ryan activated him to play the week prior, but did not feel comfortable enough with Tebow's health to clear him against Arizona.
"When you look at Tim, he's a proven winning quarterback in this league," Ryan said. "... I make decisions on what gives us the best chance to be successful. This week it's going to be about competing and beating Jacksonville."
Ryan added that Tebow talked him into clearing him the first time, but the coach was not going to let that happen again.
Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh will help Ryan in his evaluation this week.
"I know Coach Ryan and Coach Sparano and everybody involved, they're going to make the decision that's best for the team," McElroy said. "I think we all feel comfortable with their decision and we all are looking forward to what the decision may be."
While many of the players were at the team's facility Monday, it was essentially an off day following Sunday's victory. McElroy saw Sanchez and Tebow, but the group did not have a formal quarterback meeting.
"It doesn't change our relationship (and) it doesn't change how supportive we are of one another," McElroy said. "Whoever's on the field, I know the other two guys will be pushing for that person and supporting him every step of the way and that's been the case up to this point and I wouldn't expect that to change."
The Jets finished last season with a fractured locker room, but defensive end Mike DeVito doesn't anticipate the current quarterback situation becoming an internal issue.
"I think in most locker rooms it could do that, but not in this locker room," he said. "We put a real (emphasis) this offseason on building a really tight-knit group, a team that cares about each other (and) a team that really bonds together as a family.
"We'll face this just like every other situation, as a family. It definitely won't divide this group of guys. Last year, I might have had a different answer for you, but this year I have no doubt that this team is going to stick together."