Greg McElroy maybe New York’s hero for now, but a day after benching Mark Sanchez in favor of the third-string quarterback, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan still has no decision over who will be his starter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
"Right now, I definitely need a little more time to make that decision," Rex Ryan said on Monday. "It's a big decision… I want to make sure that I talk to Tony (Sparo, offensive coordinator), Matt (Cavanaugh, quarterbacks coach), everybody… and make sure I get a sense of what will be the right decision.”
To the joy of numerous New York Jets fans, Gary McElroy warmed-up on the sidelines and replaced Mark Sanchez after a terrible first-half performance, during which the Jets starting quarterback threw three interceptions on the first five possessions. Gary McElroy put-in just enough effort, completing 5-of-7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown to rally the New York Jets for a 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Now with the pending decision, Greg McElroy claims he not all wrapped-up over who starts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. Neither is he stressing over possibly being benched again as a backup.
“It’s not worth worrying about. It doesn’t change our relationship (and) it doesn’t change how supportive we are of one another,” Greg McElroy said regarding the fallout of New York Jets starting quarterback situation. “Whoever’s on the field, I know the other two [quarterbacks] will be pushing for that person.”
Although McElroy entered the NFL as a longshot on the New York Jets’ seventh-round pick and consequently missed most of his rookie season due to an injury. Then, after Greg McElroy made some comments of a selfish New York Jets locker room and the team acquired Tim Tebow in the offseason, McElroy seemed at risk of losing his roster spot. However, Greg McElroy survived the training camp as the New York Jets No. quarterback and now has claims to his first NFL victory.
And although New York Jets fans have been calling out for a return of Greg McElroy, this time in the starting lineup, the 24-year-old will be leaving that decision solely to the coaching staff, at least without his own interference.
“There’s no case being made obviously,” stated Greg McElroy. “Coach (Rex) Ryan will make a decision and he’ll do what’s best for this football team.”
Rex Ryan believes that three choices at the spot – Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy are all winning quarterbacks – but he’ll “make that decision as the week goes on” after holding an “open discussion” over the issue with the coaching staff.
"Obviously the quarterback position is different than any other position," stated Rex Ryan. "I'm probably slower to make that move. I've benched a lot of great players as a coach…. on defense in particular."
"(But) I'm comfortable and confident with all three quarterbacks,” added Rex Ryan. “I got three good quarterbacks…I think we're in a lot better situation than probably a lot of teams."
So far Greg McElroy has zero starts in the NFL but Rex Ryan claimed that won’t preclude his chances of starting against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
"He's not foreign to big games," said Rex Ryan. "He won a national championship….We're fortunate to have guys that are tested that way."