AFC East: benching

Greg McElroy not stressing QB call

December, 3, 2012
For one day at least, New York Jets third-string quarterback Greg McElroy is a hero in New York City.

McElroy saved the Jets from an awful first-half performance by Mark Sanchez (three interceptions) and led Gang Green to a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. McElroy did just enough, completing 5-of-7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown to get the Jets to 5-7.

Now comes the waiting game. Did McElroy do enough to start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars or will he go back to being a backup?

McElroy says he's not stressing the decision.

“It’s not worth worrying about,” McElroy said in a conference call Monday. “It doesn’t change our relationship (and) it doesn’t change how supportive we are of one another. Whoever’s on the field, I know the other two [quarterbacks] will be pushing for that person.”

McElroy entered the NFL as a longshot. He was a former seventh-round pick and missed most of last year with an injury. After McElroy’s comments about a selfish locker room and the acquisition of popular quarterback Tim Tebow, most thought McElroy’s roster spot was in jeopardy. But he survived as the No. 3 quarterback and now has an NFL win under his belt.

Many Jets fans want to see more of McElroy, who wants to play but will not lobby the coaching staff to keep him in the lineup.

“There’s no case being made obviously,” McElroy said. “Coach [Rex] Ryan will make a decision and he’ll do what’s best for this football team.”

So who is best to lead the Jets: McElroy, Sanchez or Tebow?

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Morning take: Still Sanchez over Tebow

November, 12, 2012
Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East: Morning take: I’ve commented plenty of times on Ryan’s undying loyalty to Sanchez. Ryan refuses to make a quarterback change to Tim Tebow even when the ship is sinking, and this ultimately will reflect on the head coach.
  • Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush apologizes to Miami fans for his performance Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Morning take: Bush hasn’t quite been the same since his knee injury. But Bush says that’s not the reason for his struggles. There’s still plenty of football left for Bush to bounce back.
Morning take: There will only be one playoff team in the AFC East this year -- and that’s the New England Patriots. Buffalo (3-6) blew its chance with poor play this year and so did the Jets (3-6) and Dolphins (4-5).
  • Patriots safety Devin McCourty says he was in the right place at the right time with his game-saving interceptions against the Bills.
Morning take: The Patriots’ secondary struggled once again but made the big play when they had to. This is the biggest weakness for the reigning AFC champs, and one that could cost the team against better competition.