Greg McElroy leads Jets to victory after replacing Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow

Have the Jets finally found a solution to their QB problem?

12/3/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsThe Jets have talent on their roster. Unfortunately, that talent isn't at the QB and WR positions. That has given them lots of problems this year, as the passing game has been almost entirely impotent.

Yesterday, after yet another terrible performance by Mark Sanchez, and with Tim Tebow sidelined due to Injury, coach Rex Ryan handed over the reins to 3rd string QB Greg McElroy for the end of the game.

McElroy actually played extremely well, going 5 for 7 and engineering the go-ahead touchdown drive, finishing with a TD pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland.

McElroy wasn't asked to do a whole lot with the football, and the Jets definitely dumbed down the offense a bit for him, but he was about as efficient as he could have possibly been, and got the Jets the win after Sanchez was completely ineffective for most of the game.

Could this be the solution that the Jets need, at least for the short term?

They just signed Sanchez to an extension, in an apparent attempt to placate his ego after they flirted with Peyton Manning. Still, it's clear that Sanchez has not improved since entering the league. If anything, he has regressed significantly.

Sometimes, regardless of the perceived talent and potential of the replacement, you just need a change. If they can go back to a simpler, more basic offense with McElroy, focusing primarily on ball control and clock management, they might be able to sneak away with a couple extra wins.

Either way, it's clear that Sanchez and Tebow aren't the answer.
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12/4/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Scott wrote:
At this point, seeing the Rams as competitive on a weekly basis is a step in the right direction. I have faith that with Coach Fisher at the helm, the losing mentality will be gone sooner then later.

Oh definitely - I was terrified when I saw the Rams hired Fisher. Part of me hates that the Rams are becoming more competitive, but another part of me (the part that got so tired of the NFCW being the joke division for so long) is kind of excited about it. 

I just know that - if you're anything like me - the term "winnable" is so frustrating. The Hawks play so much better against teams that are favored going into the game. They tend to shoot themselves in the foot through penalties and bad decisions in games they "should win". It makes me insane.

12/4/12   |   Scott   |   49499 respect

Jess wrote:
You probably hate the word "winnable" as much as I do. Ugh. Effin Seahawks.

At this point, seeing the Rams as competitive on a weekly basis is a step in the right direction. I have faith that with Coach Fisher at the helm, the losing mentality will be gone sooner then later.

12/4/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Scott wrote:
This team could very easily be 8-4 instead of 5-6-1.  Such is the life with the youngest team in the NFL that is part of a franchise that in recent years has a culture of losing very winnable games

You probably hate the word "winnable" as much as I do. Ugh. Effin Seahawks.

12/4/12   |   Scott   |   49499 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
I can't believe your Rams lost most of the games they did this season.

This team could very easily be 8-4 instead of 5-6-1.  Such is the life with the youngest team in the NFL that is part of a franchise that in recent years has a culture of losing very winnable games

12/4/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

Scott wrote:
I can't believe my Rams lost to this soap opera of a football organization

I can't believe your Rams lost most of the games they did this season.

12/3/12   |   Scott   |   49499 respect

I can't believe my Rams lost to this soap opera of a football organization

12/3/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

I'm far from a Tebow supporter, but the man did lead his team last year to the postseason--and actually won a game. What he did last year was far more than anyone could've ever imagined with his skills or lack-there-of. McElroy made the basic throws that Sanchez struggled with. McElroy could be Chad Pennington the sequel, which may not be a bad thing, as long as he doesn't throw the ball more than 20 yards. Did you see the deep ball that just died? He really doesn't have an arm, but is as smart as they come. He scored a 43 on the wonderlic test, which makes him one of the smartest qb's in the game.

12/3/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

Ryan may be a failure with the Jets, but he's smart enough to know Tebow was not the answer. Now, I'm not saying he shouldnt've played him, he should have because Sanchez needed to be benched week 3 and every game thereafter, BUT I understand why he didn't. I laughed when he took him out knowing Tebow wasn't available. Shrewd move, Rexy, shrewd indeed. The change, if only due to Mcelroy's excitement at getting a chance, changed the Jets play on the field. He didn't do much but I think it provided a little spark... we know it did for the fans. I enjoyed it. lol

12/3/12   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

It's ridonkulous. Mr Ryan needs to join the ranks of the unemployed. 

12/3/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

I thought it was hilarious that Ryan waited until Tebow couldn't play before he finally decided to bench Sanchez. That speaks volumes to me.