Posted December 24, 2012

Greg McElroy sacked 11 times as Jets’ QB situation keeps unraveling

New York Jets
Greg McElroy had a 65.5 rating whenever the Jets' blocking gave him enough time to throw the ball. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Greg McElroy had a 65.5 rating whenever the Jets’ blocking gave him enough time to throw the ball. (Kathy Willens/AP)

You have to hand it to Rex Ryan and the Jets. Just when you think that their complete mess of a quarterback situation cannot get any more ridiculous, a day like Sunday comes along and changes the story again.

Ryan benched Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy following a debacle of a Week 15 loss to Tennessee. The Jets’ head coach then proceeded to activate McElroy, Sanchez and Tim Tebow against the Chargers … and still used wide receiver Jeremy Kerley as the focal point of the team’s wildcat formations, with Tebow relegated to the sideline amidst reports that he asked not to play in that scheme after being upset over his demotion.

Oh, right. McElroy also took 11 sacks during San Diego’s 27-17 win, one shy of the record for the most allowed by a team in a game and the most in Jets history.

McElroy turned the ball over twice (one fumble and one interception), though this was his first NFL start, so perhaps he deserves to be cut a little slack — especially with his offensive line struggling all day. Still, if the Jets were looking for someone to step up and redeem this season-long circus at QB, McElroy failed to deliver Sunday.

Tebow has grown increasingly frustrated with the situation and, while you can knock his skills, it’s hard to blame him. Since adding him in the offseason, the Jets have kept Tebow in a sideshow role, splitting time between blocking on punts and carrying the ball in short yardage.

Ryan announced after the game that McElroy would start in Week 17, as New York closes out its season against Buffalo — the Jets need to win to avoid finishing in a tie for last place in the AFC East. Turning back to Sanchez or giving Tebow a shot now may not make a lot of sense, but it’s hard to see McElroy fixing the Jets’ needs at the game’s most important position.

Somehow, the Jets did manage to score 14 points in the first quarter against the Chargers before the train jumped the tracks. San Diego ran off 20 unanswered points in the middle two quarters to take control.

And speaking of control, it’s beyond clear now that Ryan has lost his grip on this team, at least with regard to putting it in a position to win each week. Will the QB issue lead to Ryan’s firing after the season ends or will he get a shot at redemption in 2013?

If the Jets choose the latter, they will have to do something drastic to improve their quarterback play. Sunday, amazingly, marked another step back there.

12 comments
me1
me1

I find it hilarious how the Tebow fans keep talking about last year. Only problem, that was a different team...one with a half way decent line. Same is true about his collegiate career. I'm not supporting Ryan. Tim has heart. But his skills is not NFL starting material.

George
George

The only thing rex ryan is good for (besides having his a-hole hard-wired to his esophagus)

is putting his feet in his mouth.

 

... oh ... wait ...

kyyled5
kyyled5

2012 Jets set record for amount of ink and bytes wasted on a 6-9 team.

 

IF THIS TEAM WAS NOT IN NEW YORK NO ONE WOULD CARE.

bluejay
bluejay

Ryan is not a head coach.  He is a defensive coordiantor.  It's obvious he doesn't  have the faculties to be a head coach.  He can't mange the clock, time outs, getting players on and off the field, etc.  Aside from the poor personnel decisions that we can lay at Tannenbaum's door step, the team is horribly coached.  Ryan lost last year's team and should have been fired then, along with the Tanman.  This year Rex was supposed to get more involved with the offense.  Well, we now see why we don't want him involved in the offense.  Maybe at the end of the season we'll find out  the truth behind the Tebow trade and Sanchez extension.  Who wanted whom?  Did Woodbrain want Tebow and they got him without Tannenbaum's and Ryan's support?  Did Tannenbaum want him?  Clearly Ryan did not.  Maybe Ryan is sticking it to Woodbrain because they got Tebow in spite of his protest.  Maybe Rex wanted to win without Tebow and prove a point.  That would explain why he kept on sticking with Sanchez.  If that's the case, all he did was coach his way out of a job and that's good news to me.  Or maybe Woodbrain wanted Tebow just to sell seats.  that's a Bain Capital type of thing to do and Woodbrain did support another loser recetnly...Romney.  One last thought......the team played much better when Rex was bigger.  Maybe the fall from grace is due to Rex's wieght loss.  The Jets played big when he was big.   Hmmmmmmm, maybe all we need to do is get Rex a nice big plate of his favorite food.  All he's been eating lately is crow.

 

Actually, the best thing would be for Woodbrain to sell the tream to someone that really has a brain.  Let's remember, Woodbrain inherited his money from his Daddddddy.           

Leon3
Leon3

To anybody who bought a Jets Tebow jersey, or a season ticket to see Tebow play, or even a game ticket to see him - how does it feel now that Ryan has made a SUCKER out of you?

 

Ryan's dad was the most egocentric coach in the history of the NFL - until now...

chessikazimmerman
chessikazimmerman

j.e.t.s. I've despised your organization even before you crowned broadway joe. The way Tebow has been treated there is just more reason to laugh at your self created mess. In no way am I making any claim to his abilities as an NFL QB. But what a slap in the face to have to suffer through another pitiful jets season knowing that no one in the organization has any intention of ever trying to use you. Any doubt about the jets organization showing the least amount of respect was tossed out the window when it was announced by ryan that McElroy would start and totally damaged product sanchize would be #2 and then to state that you don't even know if you are planning on dressing all 3 qb's or just 2. Your organization needs to be cursed forever. Could Tebow have been a positive force in some player capacity? No one will ever know as long as he is in the jets basement.

pljaye
pljaye

Ryan blew it. I guess Rex decided that it was better to lose with Sanchez than to even give Tebow a chance. Maybe he forgot that 95-yard, fourth-quarter Tebow-led drive that beat the Jets last year in Denver. Or maybe he does remember that game, and he & Sparano conspired to punish Tebow for beating both of their inept teams last season. Whatever the case, Ryan should be fired and Sparano should be following right behind him. Nobody who has as bad judgment as Rex Ryan deserves a head-coaching gig in the NFL. It's unfathomable that he could claim that Mark "The Human Turnover" Sanchez gave the Jets the "best chance of winning"  after each ugly loss, while his performances somehow became increasingly worse. Rex said he's responsible for this season--so be it. Please, Woody, do SOMETHING right and fire Ryan. You just wasted an entire season of Tebow's career while your coach simultaneously flushed your team's chances of winning right down the drain. Now it's time to jettison Ryan and free Tebow. Do the right thing--that may be a foreign concept to you, but perhaps you can start a new trend.

David22
David22

 @me1 Like always, merely an opinion. Until Tebow starts, it's only an opinion as to whether he'll be good or not.

RSpreier
RSpreier

 @chessikazimmerman Think about it though. If Tebow comes in and wins the last 2 games, Ryan looks like a moron for not starting him sooner. Rex is just trying to save his job. He is a terrible coach, and the Jets are a terrible team. No offense to Jets fans, but the team would be better off starting over. They are not close to being a playoff team, and that game last week against the Titans was the worst example of NFL football I have ever watched.

chessikazimmerman
chessikazimmerman

 @RSpreier , BillPeterson I totally agree with your points. Truthfully I don't think Ryan could have looked more incompetent even if Tebow could have brought a spark. I am just disgusted with the ryan / sanchize fatal obsession. Yes, blow them up and start over. Not a jets fan so I never want them at the top (not much worry really) but I just can't stand the disrespect that they have shown Tebow... Use the player or free them to try someplace else... Yes more and more looking like J-ville may be his landing. I'd be glad for him. At least get an honest opportunity.

BillPeterson
BillPeterson

 @RSpreier  @chessikazimmerman I have to be glad at this point that he didn't start Tebow. I'd hate to see him get splattered playing for the Jets before going to Jacksonville.