Monday, December 3, 2012
Stock watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A look back at quite possibly the worst offensive game ever played:
1. Greg McElroy -- Welcome to the big leagues, kid. The second-year quarterback exchanged his clipboard for a helmet, engineered two good drives (one for a TD), completed five passes and provided a game-winning spark -- all in 20 minutes of work. Now he's the most popular guy in town.
2. Rex Ryan -- Talk about onions. Yes, Mark Sanchez deserved to get benched, but it took guts to replace him with an NFL neophyte who took all of one practice rep with the starters last week. Ryan's decision won the game, but it speaks to the level of desperation surrounding the organization.
3. Shonn Greene -- Lost in the quarterback craziness was the fact that Greene didn't start at running back. Bilal Powell got the call on the first two series, but the dis seemed to spark Greene, who ran for 104 yards.
1. Mark Sanchez -- This was hard to watch. He threw three interceptions in 21 attempts, including two to Kerry Rhodes, of all people. That made it feel like six interceptions for Ryan, a noted Rhodes basher. Say this for Sanchez: He handled the benching with class.
2. Tim Tebow -- You almost feel sorry for the guy. Ryan finally gets fed up with Sanchez and where's Tebow? He's inactive with cracked ribs, watching from the sideline. This has been one of those years for Tebow, who seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
3. Special teams -- This recent stretch has been nothing short of mind boggling. PK Nick Folk hit the upright not once, but twice, and everybody fell asleep on the Cards' fake punt, which nearly decided the game.