Found December 03, 2012 on
Turn On The Jets:
No game this entire season was as exciting as the 7-6 “thriller” was for us yesterday. The exit of a struggling QB and the entrance of an unblemished one, got us up off of our seat and screaming as if it were the 2009 or 2010 playoff runs all over again.
Never mind that we were going hoarse over a few meager third and manageable completions. That came courtesy of a guy who had yet to throw an NFL pass. While trailing 3-0 late in the third quarter against an Arizona club drowning in the midst of its own seven game skid. This was about erasing the anger that grew to new heights in many of us, after Mark Sanchez met Brandon Moore’s derrière head on against the Pats ten days ago.
Thank you Rex. Thank you Mac. Even if this game only served to change the taste in our mouths. Sometimes a cleaning of the palate is all that it takes to enjoy the taste of food again.
“Even Keeled” McElroy Steals The Show
Tim Tebow saw this one coming before anyone else did. A guaranteed Mark Sanchez meltdown was the very reason why Tebow became a Jet in March. How ironic it was then, that on the day both a winnable game was there for the taking and a Sanchez benching felt right, Rex Ryan turned to third stringer Greg McElroy for a spark. The former Alabama product being the only active backup available.
McElroy did what any cool headed Wonderlic genius would do when asked to engineer one measly TD drive without a hiccup. He landed the Jets safely in the end zone.
How far can McElroy take this undermanned Jets offense now? Only Ryan can give him the chance to find out. Regardless of who starts down the stretch, the reality that the Jets needed a change when Ryan made a call to the bullpen, was clear.
Tony Sparano’s patched together group had lost hope with Sanchez behind center. Probably a long time ago in fact. The embarrassing fumble on Thanksgiving into Brandon Moore symbolically serving as the final straw.
The only way that Mark Sanchez can win back the trust of this team, provided he gets a second chance to now or in 2013, is to change his emotional patterns. Maybe a seat on the sidelines for the first time in his pro career could help him do that. Holding onto feelings about mistakes at a position that requires an ultra short memory, is the quickest way to creating self made slumps. Ones that can last for quarters, games, and even entire seasons.
McElroy said after the 7-6 win over the hapless Cards, that being “even keeled” was part of his skill set as a player. For a Ryan coached-team that seeks to win through its defense and ground attack, his is a trait that matters more than arm strength, physical strength and GQ looks do combined.
McElroy Is Not The Only Kid Who Should Start And Play More Now
Ryan has to start McElroy next week. Keeping the huddle as hopeful during the week as it was late against Arizona, is essential now. Ryan shouldn’t stop there either.
Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene were effective Sunday. but it’s Powell who has that shake and bake in his game. Let him get more touches next week. Powell started strong then disappeared Sunday. Why? Use him more now Rex. He finds open space and the end zone as well. Powell has proven worthy of an expanded role.
Stephen Hill, who shocked many with his catches let alone tough ones in traffic Sunday, deserves more throws his way now too. Maybe Hill can springboard off of the clutch grabs but Rex must give him the opportunity to while the memory of a solid game finally, is fresh in his mind.
Gotta Go To Mo’s
Second year Jet Mo Wilkerson has officially arrived. Of all the people that Ryan predicted would break out in 2012, and there were many, Wilkerson has been the one to do so. Sacks, pressures, run stops and a knack for rising to the task on third down is why the Jets defensive line may finally have a player to build around. It’s about time.
BEST OF MAXIM
After another bad performance by quarterback Mark Sanchez, MetLife Stadium overflowed with “boos” and “Tim Tebow” chants. But around the NFL, other coaches are starting the best QB to win. San Francisco coach, Jim Harbaugh, made the bold decision to start Colin Kaepernick over starter Alex Smith. The Jacksonville Jaguars have broken their losing streak by starting Chad...
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jets owner Woody Johnson prefers to have Greg McElroy start over Mark Sanchez.. Head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannebaum however want Sanchez back under center this week.
I’m told owner Woody Johnson prefers Greg McElroy to be starting QB. GM Mike Tannenbaum & OC Tony Sparano prefer Mark Sanchez this week...
Mark Sanchez has been replaced as Jets quarterback by third-stringer Greg McElroy in the third quarter after another miserable performance by the New York starter.
Sanchez was 10 for 21 for 97 yards and three interceptions when he left with 4:48 left in the third quarter and the Jets trailing the Arizona Cardinals 3-0 on Sunday. McElroy, active for the first time in his two-year...
After throwing three interceptions on 21 attempts with zero touchdowns and a fan base that has totally come down on him, the Jets finally pulled Mark Sanchez in favor of second year QB Greg McElroy. And in the very short time McElroy was given to prove himself running the Jets offense, the young QB out [...]
Rex Ryan finally figured out what everyone else in the world already knew — if you bench Mark Sanchez, the Jets will win. And win they did.
Granted, the Jets’ 7-6 victory came over the lowly Cardinals — led by overwhelmed rookie Ryan Lindley — but at this point, a win is a win. The Jets were trailing 3-0 midway through the third quarter when Ryan made the change from Sanchez...
Third-stringer Greg McElroy stepped in for a struggling Mark Sanchez and energized the New York Jets to a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
With Tim Tebow inactive as he heals from two broken ribs, coach Rex Ryan pulled Sanchez for McElroy - as the crowd at MetLife Stadium cheered wildly - late in the third quarter. McElroy led the Jets (5-7) to their only points...
If Rex Ryan is going to go down, he’s apparently going to do so with his guy under center.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ryan is going to name Mark Sanchez his starting quarterback for the Jets’ game this Sunday in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. This comes just a few days after Ryan pulled Sanchez during the team’s 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan benched starting quarterback Mark Sanchez for backup Greg McElroy in the third quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals. Ryan was left with no choice after Sanchez threw his third interception with only 95 yards passing and couldn't get the Jets onto the scoreboard.
Upon entering the game, McElroy led the Jets right...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Greg McElroy made his NFL debut after Mark Sanchez was benched following three miserable quarters and capped his first drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland on the first play of the fourth quarter as the New York Jets edged the Arizona Cardinals, 7-6, in a remarkable battle of offensive ineptitude Sunday afternoon. McElroy went 5-for-7...