New York Jets News: Greg McElroy-Mania Beginning?

 
on December 03 2012 1:44 PM
New York Jets News: Greg McElroy-Mania Beginning?

 

 

That's not a typo.

It wasn't Tebow Mania on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. It was actually the New York Jets third string quarterback Greg McElroy who came in to the game and did something Mark Sanchez failed to do through two and a half quarters of football. 

The National Championship winner from Alabama entered the game mid-way through the third quarter and was welcomed with thousands of cheers. The crowd got a new sense of life, and apparently so did the Jets team as McElroy led a 10 play, 69 yard touchdown drive.

As if the quarterback change wasn't a spark enough, what McElroy did early in the drive was. He began to run for yardage and instead of darting out of bounds he lowered his shoulder and initiated a huge hit. McElroy signaled for a flag, and received it. It was this play that showed toughness, and a will to win while engaging an opposing player to hit him late.

The third quarter ended with the Jets on the 1-yard line, and the excitement was building for what might be on the first play of the fourth quarter.

McElroy didn't disappoint, as he executed a beautiful play fake to Shonn Greene, rolled out to his right, and threw to a wide open Jeff Cumberland for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

It wasn't quite as dramatic as a Tim Tebow 2011 game-winning drive, but the crowd made it feel that way for McElroy.

The Jets defense continued its dominance over Ryan Lindley and the Cardinals offense, who didn't convert a single third down in their 15 tries.

Lindley was awful going 10 for 31, 72 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Sanchez was just as bad going 10 for 21, 97 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.

The only quarterback on the field who led their team to a touchdown was Greg McElroy who also finished 5 of 7 for 29 yards, and 0 interceptions

For the Jets, their slim playoff hopes are still alive. 

That's thanks to McElroy, and for that reason he should receive his first start next weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Rex Ryan didn't commit to either quarterback after the game, or today but did say he feels comfortable with McElroy. 

Whether he makes the official announcement on Tuesday or Wednesday, only one man has earned the next start.

Let McElroy-Mania begin.

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