- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Greg McElroy's time in the spotlight was shorter than a New York minute. But the New York Jets backup quarterback, who won his first NFL game last week, is fully supportive of head coach Rex Ryan choosing Mark Sanchez as the starter.
“Coach Ryan’s going to do what’s in the best interest of the team and we trust him to make the best decision, and obviously we believe that is the correct decision,” McElroy said to the New York media Wednesday. “We think that going forward, this is a great opportunity to improve and I know Mark’s going to play great on Sunday.”
McElroy was 5-of-7 for 29 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. But that wasn’t enough to convince Ryan to make a permanent change.
So what’s next for McElroy?
Much of McElroy’s role the rest of the season will come down to backup quarterback Tim Tebow. McElroy moved up to the No. 2 role because of Tebow’s injured ribs. Ryan has been mum on who will be the No. 2 quarterback this week but admitted that Tebow is not 100 percent.
McElroy proved that he can come in and win a game on short notice. But he's not worried if he has to be the No. 3 quarterback again after being so close to being the No. 1 guy.
“Roles change day-to-day,” McElroy said. “In this game. ... you’re not guaranteed anything.”