Greg McElroy did an effective job in relief of Mark Sanchez on Sunday, but yet he goes back to the bench. With the success, and sudden attention, it would be understandable if Greg were upset or disappointed withe news that Mark would be starting on Sunday. But Greg talked about it like a consummate team member. Here is what he had to say yesterday with regards to his reaction:
Well you know obviously, Coach Ryan’s going to do what’s in the best interest of the team and we trust him to make the best decision and, obviously we believe that that is the correct decision. We think that going forward, this is a great opportunity for all of us to continue to work, continue to improve and I know Mark’s going to play great on Sunday.
Is it hard for Greg to balance team needs against the selfish interest in wanting to play?
Well obviously, every single player in this entire league wants to be out there on the field on Sunday. I mean, it’s the competitor in all of us. But we also have to understand what our role is and we also have to understand what’s in the best interest of the team. Coach Ryan’s been put in charge to make those decisions and to put the best player on the team that he thinks gives the team the best chance of being successful and that person is Mark. I obviously completely understand that and accept my role, whatever my role may be, and I will try to enjoy it and try to continue to improve.
McElroy took the news like a professional. He sounds like Chad Pennington, and some early returns on his play were reminiscent of Chad as well. He can’t be thrilled about going back to the bench, but he understands the “team” concept. Whether he is here long term or not, he will be an asset somewhere.