Let’s also keep the actual performance of the offense in perspective. It started with a 69 yard drive, which the Jets desperately needed, and kudos to McElroy for leading it. It finished that started on the Jets’ 26 yard line, and ended on the Cardinals’ 2, taking up over half of the final quarter, ending the game. Brilliant clock management, Greg handled that drive like a seasoned veteran quarterback. The other two drives were a lot less successful, and a bit Sanchez-like. The two drives sandwiched between the score and the end netted 6 yards, and 4 yards respectively. The offense didn’t exactly fly up and down the field against a bad Cardinals team. Again, please don’t mis-interpret what I am saying. I am by no means saying that Greg McElroy did a bad job. To the contrary, he did a very good job. He just didn’t set the world on fire, and we need to see more.
Now let’s talk about the long term. Whomever is the quarterback going forward, this team has a lot to fix than just the quarterback position. I think we can ALL agree on that. Does anybody really think that a quarterback is going to be at the top of the league with THIS group of weapons. Is Clyde Gates, Chaz Schilens, and Jeff Cumberland the group that is going to be a lethal set of weapons for an offense? Yes, the quarterback is going to bring the best out of their teammates, but when the ceiling is low, there is only so much to bring out.
How about this offensive coaching staff? Through 12 games, does anyone believe that a quarterback is going to become a dynamic passer in this offense. No matter who is in there, Tony Sparano’s offense is a “dink and dunk” offense that doesn’t give a quarterback a lot of responsibilities. It works well for a game manager, but doesn’t seem to give ANY quarterback the opportunity to develop and flourish. Who is going to become a great quarterback by dumping the ball off all day? I doubt it. How about the brilliant quarterback coach, Matt Cavanaugh? In three and a half brilliant years leading the position, Mark Sanchez has gotten worse and worse. Yes, some of that is on Mark. I am not trying to say anything to the contrary. But when you continue to see footwork problems, and see the same bad decisions made, over and over again, you have to consider the coaching as well. Matt Cavanaugh has done NOTHING to improve the position. What evidence to we have that ANYONE will be successful, long-term, at the quarterback position, with Cavanaugh’s direction? I don’t see any.
McElroy did a great job on Sunday, bring the stadium and the team life when it really needed it. But just don’t let yourself believe that the issues with the position are over, because they are not. Far from it.
Let’s keep some perspective.