January 6, 2012
It's a new year and already so much has happened. It was just announced that Bill O'Brien is leaving the New England Patriots to become the new head coach at Penn State. O'Brien has no previous ties to the school and Penn State used to be a dream job and now it's more a nightmare...good luck with that.
Do you guys know Samardo Samuels? He's a reserve center for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well if I'm talking about him or Cleveland then you know something incredible or incredibly stupid happened and it's the latter. Dude's making headlines for missing a game his team had against Toronto but he didn't miss it due to illness or a death or something out of his control. Nope, dude missed the game because he misplaced his passport. We've all dealt with the Government whether it's waiting for a tax return or getting a new license...bottomline there's some waiting involved, there's no next day air option available. Good luck with that.
Those are just two reports I could've gone with, certainly not a slow news day and yes I know all about Tiger Woods' ex-wife imploding her $12 million mansion. But I decided to write about the NY Jets. Has there ever been a more inconsistent year for a team? These guys would win two games and lose three or vice versa ultimately ending their playoff hopes and season with three losses.
Rex Ryan the head coach often shoulders the blame after each disappointing loss but Rex is outspoken, some would say a little too outspoken. But even he wouldn't blow his team up in the media the way rookie QB Greg McElroy did.
McElroy was quoted as saying that the team was hurt by a "corrupt mindset" in the locker room. "It's the first time I've been around extremely selfish individuals. I think that's maybe the nature of the NFL, but there were people within our locker room that didn't care whether we won or lost as long as they had good games individually. And that's the disappointing thing. Quite frankly, if you go down the roster this year, there's no reason we shouldn't have made a Superbowl run. The talent top to bottom is pretty remarkable. The disappointing thing is it doesn't matter how much talent you have, if you don't come together as a group, and just figure things out and kind of withstand the difficulties of the season, you're never going to amount to anything."
Wow! So first McElroy drops a "corrupt mindset" blast. Then he calls his teammates "extremely selfish". Then he says he had teammates that didn't care about winning or losing as long as they had good games individually. His biggest point and sort of the dagger is that he belives "there's no reason we shouldn't have made a Superbowl run".
You know what, he's right! He is right in everything he said in that quote. I mean look at the Jets, there's no way they should've finished 8 - 8. You know something else, I believe there was a corrupt mindset in that locker room especially when you have the team captain pouting and looking like someone stole his bike on the sidelines.
So I have no problem at all with what McElroy said, I just have a problem with the dude saying it. I mean you do know that you're the backup QB right? What's next is the back up punter going to break down the issues in the Jets front office? Is the waterboy going to talk about where the Jets could possibly fall in next year's draft. Greg McElroy is the backup QB, not second string or third string, dude is the fourth man back on the current roster.
That basically means he's one flight away from suiting up in the CFL and he has the stones to blow up the team. Don't get me wrong, they needed to be blown up for their performances over the past three years to be honest. McElroy actually had a great preseason and probably will be back next year. Now Rex Ryan crying at a Jets meeting...well that's a whole new issue. We know you're goal and every other team's goal is to make it to and win a Superbowl so just work on getting there and stop guaranteeing things you can't back up.