Keeping the Jets’ Quarterback Change in Perspective

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Dec 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The Jets made a quarterback change on Sunday, one that many fans felt was a long time coming. Mark Sanchez came out, Greg McElroy came in, and led the Jets on what happened to be the game-winning touchdown drive. There was life in the building, and there was life on the offensive side of the football. There is no denying that, and nobody was more excited than I was to see some inspired football. However, there is a lot of talk today about how Greg McElroy is now the long term answer. A lot feel that he is now the starting quarterback that can carry this team to where they need to go. What I am here to say is maybe he is, but let’s not send him to Canton, OH just yet. Let’s keep some perspective.

First of all, keep in mind the opponent. The opponent was the Arizona Cardinals. This is not the New England Patriots by any stretch of the imagination. After starting 4-0, they had lost seven straight games coming into the game against the Jets. They have a pretty good defense, that obviously was keeping our offense down, but at quarterback, they actually had a guy playing worse than Mark Sanchez in Ryan Lindley. Lindley completed 10-31 passes, and the Cardinals netted a whopping 137 yards for the game. The Jets defense played great, but it wasn’t like they exactly went against in offensive juggernaut. It wasn’t going to take a boatload of offense to get the job done.

I was thrilled with how McElroy performed, but let’s not make it out like he put on an aerial assault. He went 5-7 for 29 yards, he didn’t go 15-18 for 250 yards and 3 TDs. He was efficient, absolutely, and he used the clock well. He took them down for a score when they desperately needed one, and when they needed to close out the game, he managed the clock to perfection. But let’s be honest, McElroy was not asked to do very much. He threw the ball seven times. Including scrambles and penalties, they ran the ball 21 times. You cannot take away from McElroy what he actually did, but let’s not make it into more than it was. Let’s see it more than once.

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