This was the unfortunate view that Greg McElroy had for the majority of yesterday’s football game. He viewed it from the ground, getting sacked 11 times and hit more times. He never got a chance to get in rhythm all afternoon, and it couldn’t have been easy for him in his first NFL start. But Greg didn’t make any excuses, taking a lot of the onus upon himself:
I have to do a better job of getting the ball out. I have to do a better job of getting on the same page with the wide receivers and being able to anticipate some more throws. I just have to continue to try to improve. We learned a lot today. Obviously, this is an incredibly disappointing loss. Everyone’s very disappointed. The locker room, everyone’s pretty down. But we understand where we need to improve. We understand what we need to do. I can promise you we’re going to be working our butts off trying to get better throughout this last week.
Even when asked about his first NFL start, he felt disappointment for the team, not himself:
I’m disappointed. This is a great opportunity for the team. This is a great opportunity for everybody. This is not about any individuals. This is about going out there and proving that this team is going to continue to stay together, continue to try to work and we stayed together. That’s the great thing about being a part of this Jets team. I’m very proud to be a part of this team. You learn a lot. Playing in the NFL is difficult and there’s a lot of fantastic players on the other side of the football that made things very difficult for us at times today. We just have to do a better job. We had some great drives. We just have to do a better job of continuing to be consistent and continuing to make those plays when they are there to be made. There were just too many times today that we just didn’t make those plays.
He puts everything back into perspective, doesn’t he? McElroy has the makeup to be an NFL quarterback, that’s for sure. He’ll get better.