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Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets celebrates throwing his first touchdown in the NFL to  Jeff Cumberland #86 against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 7-6.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets celebrates throwing his first touchdown in the NFL to Jeff Cumberland #86 against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 7-6. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – Not that it really matters at this point — since the Jets are mathematically eliminated from 2012 playoff consideration — but Greg McElroy will start for New York at quarterback on Sunday.

The Jets made it official, announcing that McElroy would start against the Chargers just a day after the Jets literally fumbled their season away on Monday night against the Titans.

Following the Jets loss Monday, a somber, near-tearful Rex Ryan declined to name a starting quarterback for this week. But reports emerged on Tuesday that there’s “no way” Sanchez, who threw four picks and fumbled once in Tennessee, could start against the Chargers in Week 16.

Part of that may very well be public safety: Jets fans are outraged at the team’s inability to produce any offense, and a meaningless home game at Met Life Stadium with Sanchez under center could result in riots. (No, seriously.)

In any other world, the Sanchez Era would’ve officially ended. It makes a world of sense to cut Sanchez … except he’s owed a pile of money in 2013 that the team can only slightly offset by trading him.

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