Jets’ Greg McElroy: Selfish teammates didn’t care if we won or lost

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It’s gotten so bad in the Jets’ locker room that the rookie third-string quarterback is unloading on his teammates.

Greg McElroy, a seventh-round draft pick who spent his first year in the NFL on injured reserve after suffering a thumb injury in the preseason, went back home to Alabama this week and promptly did an interview with 97.3 The Zone in which he trashed the culture of the Jets.

“It’s definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you,” McElroy said of the Jets’ locker room. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals. And I think that’s maybe the nature of the NFL. But there were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost as long as they got theirs, they had a good game individually. And that’s the disappointing thing.”

McElroy didn’t mention any of those “extremely selfish individuals” by name, but he was responding to a question about the reports regarding Santonio Holmes being a divisive figure in the locker room, and he didn’t say anything to suggest those reports are erroneous.

But McElroy, who was a well-respected team leader with a reputation as a fine scholar-athlete at Alabama, said he loves Jets coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and believes the current coaching staff will turn the team around.

“It’s going to take a lot to kind of come together next year,” McElroy said. “I think the fact that we struggled at times this year really led to a really corrupt mindset within the locker room. But I think we’re going to regroup and I know that we’ll be a better team because of the trials and tribulations this year.”

100 responses to “Jets’ Greg McElroy: Selfish teammates didn’t care if we won or lost

  1. 7th Round Third String QB who spent the season on IR is trashing ANYONE in the NFL, or questioning their work ethic? Sorry, but I fail to see where these guy gets the stones to be calling anyone out.

    I am not a Jets fan or apologist by any means, but at some point in your NFL career, there are just times where it’s better to say nothing at all.

  2. “Jets’ Greg McElroy: Selfish teammates didn’t care if we won or lost.” Translation: “Jets’ Greg McElroy: Santonio Holmes didn’t care if we won or lost.”

  3. It doesn’t take much to pick out who the “individuals” were in the Jets locker room looking out for only themselves now does it?

    S. Holmes is at the head of the line.

  4. There you have it, Your 2011 ny jets.

    Its lucky that the jets have a multiple Super Bowl winning HC to straighten out this mess.

    J ust
    E nd
    T his
    S tupidity

    Happy 43rd jets fans. Its going to be a looooong off season !!!!!!!!!!

  5. “GVMcElroy Greg McElroy
    The “Responses” and comments on ProFootballTalk are absolutely hilarious. I could spend a day reading and laughing at them. Haha”

  6. “7th Round Third String QB who spent the season on IR is trashing ANYONE in the NFL, or questioning their work ethic? Sorry, but I fail to see where these guy gets the stones to be calling anyone out.”
    Hey gcsuk, that’s called an interview; they ask questions, you answer them. Amazingly, it doesn’t matter what round you were drafted in.

  7. “… But there were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost as long as they got theirs, they had a good game individually. And that’s the disappointing thing.”

    He’s definitely talking about Santonio, who through a combination of his own and his starting QB’s ineptitudes had zero yards receiving in the Dolphins game. Probably some others, too.

  8. P.S. amazing to see how many commenters are saying the kid will be gone for pointing out the truth.

  9. Every non-jets fan saw this coming. You can only talk so much without backing it up before your people feel entitled. When they don’t get what they’re entitled to, they turn into Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Bart Scott.

    But props to McElroy for putting his name on it instead of hiding in anonymity like the aforementioned “selfish teammates” when things didn’t go their way.

    Of course he’s afraid to trash the foot molester. All the players he’s talking smack about will be gone. The buffet bandit will return.

  10. A part of me almost wishes they did make the play offs, just so I could watch them unravel under the spot light even more, haha.

  11. Shocking that the culture Rex Ryan built wouldn’t work. Gee, who saw that coming?

    Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk and talk some more while never backing it up. Rex Ryan is like a player………he needs to be a head coach and he really doesn’t know how to be one. His act can work as a D-Coordinator when you’re getting guys fired up and you’re not the voice of an organization.

    Woody Johnson may want to pay attention to how they run things in New England, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, etc (where the head coaches aren’t acting like buffoons)…….. You know, places that actually win and don’t just talk about it.

  12. The Jets are commical. When you run around talking big, and fall flat on your face that hot seats going to get a lot warmer faster.

    Look at the Chargers, Norv Turner, while may not be the best coach in the league, he gets to keep his job, I don’t know if the Chargers have a hard time believing that they would find a better coach or if it was because of Rivers or what. If he talked like Ryan did though he would have been gone 2 years ago.

  13. Unlike us, Mr. McElroy is employed by a NFL franchise team, no matter what round he was picked. At the very least he can state ” I am a professional NFL player”!!

  14. Thats what happens when you sign individuals and low character players just for back page headlines. The Jets are the most ridiculous franchise in the league. Everything they do back fires on them eventually because they have no clue what it takes. Its so fun to watch them crash and burn. Bunch of big mouth attention hungry little girls.

  15. Well McElroy just talked himself out of employment…. Good luck finding a new team u 3rd string 7th Rounder….

    Yeah those scrub 6th and 7th round picks always suck…..I mean it’s not like the greatest qb in the game (arguably) was a 6th round throw away draft pick of the Patriots…..or the Green Bay Packers record holder for touchdown passes -who is about to get a pretty nice contract – was a late round pick who was actually picked after the packers took a qb in the second round…..

    oh and……he won’t get in trouble. he backed the starting qb and the lineman who spoke up. still took a brass set to do that but hey i don’t think too many coaches get turned off by a qb who is team first and is calling out a cancer who quit during a must win game

  16. Has a kiss-up-kick-down flavor to it. Not surprising from a marginal bench guy who may secretly envy those with the mere opportunity to “get their own.”

  17. A 3rd string 7th round QB who spent the entire season on IR probably shouldn’t be talking to the media about his teammates negatively. Right or wrong, it just LOOKS bad and it may get teammates, even those who were playing their hearts out to quote Samuel L. Jackson’s famous line from Coming to America, “Who the f*** is this a**hole?”

    Only a few things keep you in the league or on a team:

    1. draft position – the higher you get drafted, the less likely you are to be cut
    2. your figure – how big a salary cap hit you will be if you are cut
    3. performance (self explanatory)

    If your performance isn’t much (and it is zip since he spent the year on IF and I didn’t see him in pre-season) and your draft position is low this means your figure is also low. Until #3 outweighs 1, 2, or both it is wise to keep your mouth shut. He may be exactly right, but he is in no position to say anything to the media about it and I would not be surprised to hear of him being cut before the final cut of next year’s pre-season, which would be a statement saying something because he said something.

  18. I hope McElroy got his degree, because he’s going to need it. His faint hopes of playing in the NFL just went up in smoke.

  19. Why is it that everyone seems to be behaving like this is the first time a locker has had issues in the NFL. The Jets screwed up. They know it. Hopefully they’ll learn from their mistakes but this isn’t the first time it’s happened.

    Incidentally, fans think Rex should be fired. Joke. There’s the God Andy Reid with exactly 1 SB appearance in 14 years. Oh and there’s the numero uno coaching candidate Jeff Fisher. He of the 6 out of 16 winning seasons. Gimme a break. All you Rex haters would probably jump at the chance to have him coach your squad. I’m sure Viking fans looooove Leslie Frasier. Chargers fans? I’m sure you’re dancing in the streets now that Norv is back another year. Joke!

  20. Wow, a QB on the Jets who isn’t concerned with everyone liking him. He already shows better leadership than the Sanchize.

    Btw, for those of you saying McElroy is all done for saying what he said…

    1. He is an NC winning QB from Alabama. He can go back there and be a demi-god until he dies. He doesn’t need the NFL.

    2. Isn’t the whole basis of the Rex Ryan experiment that players can speak their minds? Or is that only true when speaking about how great they all are?

  21. anyone who blasts this kid for saying what he said, SOLELY because he was a late round pick, is an ignorant clown. he’s probably one of the best 70 or so people, IN THE WORLD, at what he does. he’s intelligent and he’s a proven winner. he will be a success in life with or without the NFL.

  22. How in the world can the Jets justify bringing Holmes back after all this, cap hit or not?
    I’d cut my losses, take my cap medicine and move on. Addition by subtraction. You won’t help team chemistry, which RR admitted was a problem this past year, keeping guys like this around.

  23. Great coaches make the tough decisions.

    Rex, if you are reading this, and I know you are, BB would never let Holmes step foot in his locker room again.

    Your move….

  24. jmagnet28 says,

    “All you Rex haters would probably jump at the chance to have Rex coach your squad”

    Uh NO I wouldn’t. I think we are all set and if I remember correctly Bill Belichick wanted no part in coaching the gong show known as the ny jets.

  25. Funny, I didn’t like the Jets talking during the season but I’m getting a kick out of all their comments now. Losers.

  26. So incredible that a team built around being brash, and constantly running your mouth, would display a lack of sportsmanship and teamwork.

    It is just amazing that the formula didn’t work out.

    There is only one thing I can think of to fix this team…..T.O.

  27. Yet another day on the sidelines enjoying the Yets implosion. I hope this part keeps going for another couple of weeks. #rubberneckingtoseethecarnage

  28. .

    @bozosforall

    Yo, BOZO ….here’s a post about your JETS. What? no pithy posts about how the JETS have so much class. Nothing about the JETS “wake and bake ” offense starring Bluntonio (Holmes) and Chronic (Burris)?

    .

  29. jmagnet28 says:
    All you Rex haters would probably jump at the chance to have him coach your squad. I’m sure Viking fans looooove Leslie Frasier. Chargers fans? I’m sure you’re dancing in the streets now that Norv is back another year. Joke!

    ———————————————————
    Soooooo …… you’re saying you’re OK with an 8-8 team, then?

    Thanks for clearing that up for us.

  30. It will be interesting to see what happens next year. The Jets have another cupcake schedule like they did in 2010 where they went 11-5. So I’m sure we will be hearing how great they will be very soon from fatboy.

  31. godofwine330,

    Your three points are accurate but they are 2-4. The number ONE thing is potential. Just look at the Giants and Victor Cruz. He was an UDF but he had a great preseason game and enough potential that he was put on IR and is now one of the best in the game.

    For everyone else out there – teams aren’t built on high draft picks, they are built on the second day of the draft. A team as a much greater chance of finding a stud in the first couple of rounds. Great GM’s find the guys in the later rounds that become studs and find guys that are free agents. I mean I could pick Andrew Luck but I would never in a million years tell you to draft Tom Brady which is why all of my draft picks are via fantasy

  32. @ contract

    Yeah, he got his degree. I think he applied for a Rhodes Scholarship, if I’m not mistaken. He’ll be fine.

  33. Good man Greg, nice to see you weren’t intimated by the ego’s in the locker room. If the Jets won’t have you on their roster, There is 31 other NFL teams that certainly will.

  34. McElroy would have been the second stringer this year if it wasn’t for his injury, and likely would have seen some playing time when Sanchez faltered.

    The kid is likely going to overtake Sanchez in the next year or two as the starter for the Jets.

    Good for him speaking up like he did. As a Jets fan it was brutal to watch them down the stretch and as much as I liked Santonio before, he’s got to go because he is a cancer. Burress has baggage on him, but at least he didn’t quit on the team this year.

  35. So this kid acts like a man, and answers the question honestly…And half the Nancy’s respond with…”OMG! You told the truth! It will probably cost you your job!
    Live in fear you cowards…If we had more people telling the truth, this country and everything in it would be a lot better off.
    You can’t fix problems if you don’t first acknowledge there is one!

  36. This is great. LT, a future hall of gamer, is criticized in the comments for bashing Holmes. McElroy says the same and is widely praised. Hmmmm…..

  37. Who cares what string McElroy is. He is part of the “TEAM” right. The Jets can thank ESPN for making them believe they were a good team, and that Mark Sanchez was a good quarterback. Good for LT and McElroy for saying something.

  38. austrianpanther says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:43 PM
    Unlike us, Mr. McElroy is employed by a NFL franchise team, no matter what round he was picked. At the very least he can state ” I am a professional NFL player”!!

    ________________________________

    Or after the interview, and the subsequent response from teammates, “I WAS a professional NFL player!!”

  39. I like the comments about how McElroy is now finished when it comes to football and how people hope he earned his degree…. He actually graduated in 3 years with a 3.85 GPA and is finishing his Master’s at the moment. He even applied for a Rhodes scholarship. He also scored a 43 on the Wunderlich test and his father is an executive for the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t think he will be hurting if he doesn’t make it as a QB in the NFL….. He may not have any NFL game experience, but he is not an idiot.

  40. Silly, silly move Greg. You have a chance to be the Jets QB next year if Sanchez continues to regress. Why would you want to ruffle feathers within the organization?

  41. pjrhc says: Jan 4, 2012 3:30 PM

    “7th Round Third String QB who spent the season on IR is trashing ANYONE in the NFL, or questioning their work ethic? Sorry, but I fail to see where these guy gets the stones to be calling anyone out.”
    Hey gcsuk, that’s called an interview; they ask questions, you answer them. Amazingly, it doesn’t matter what round you were drafted in.
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    Hey pjrhc, it’s called “paying your dues”. You want some kid who just got hired going to your boss and tell him how you’re screwing up all the time at your job? Maybe when he gets a little credibility in the league the words he speaks will carry a bit more weight. Until then, he is nothing more than a late round draft pick who talks about things he doesn’t know about (like actually PLAYING in the NFL, since he got hurt in the pre-season).

    He may have been a FANTASTIC college QB, but he has done absolutely zero in the NFL. Until then, maybe he should keep his eyes open and his mouth shut.

  42. the owner of the jets is a mental case; the gm is more of a money man than a talent evaluator; the coach is a fat egomaniac who doesnt know when to shut up; the star receiver is a POS who would probably be in jail if not for his football talent…..

    mcelroy would be upset if the jets got rid of him why????

    maybe this youngster is a lot smarter than most people think……maybe he INTENDED to ruffle some feathers so he can get out of that insane asylum.

  43. Right.

    Some kid named Tom Brady came into the league as a 6th rounder – just look at him now.

    It doesn’t matter what was said or who said it – a valid point was made, by a 7th rounder or otherwise. I did see the kid play in preseason and oh JAH he makes Sanchize look irrelevant.

  44. yankeemofo says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:30 PM

    That’s the union workplace for ya!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Congratulations. You’ve just brought stupidity to a higher level.

  45. Shut up, pretty boy!!!!

    You won’t do squat in the NFL!!!!

    You know? For a guy that gets no negative press you sound more entitled and arrogant than the way Nolan Nawrocki claimed Cam Newton was to be!!!

    And you are going to be a better player than Newton will be????

  46. Two terms you will RARELY see in same sentence, anywhere — Alabama, and scholar-athlete. I am fully aware that McIlroy is not your typical Alabama athlete (he is an incredibly intelligent kid, without a doubt), but he is one of the few exceptions from that school.

  47. McElroy is a smart player and knows a group of losers when he sees it. He’s buckin’ for a release so he can sign on with a better organization, better coach and better teammates.

  48. gopats23 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:12 PM
    “Great coaches make the tough decisions.

    Rex, if you are reading this, and I know you are, BB would never let Holmes step foot in his locker room again.

    Your move….”

    Are you kidding? Ryan will allow both feet in the locker room …

  49. It’s not saying much but McElroy is the best QB on the Jets Roster. But then again any QB living or dead would be better than Mark Sanchez,

  50. the clowns ripping mcelroy are morons.

    a) if you saw him in the pre-season, you’d know he has legit nfl potential

    b) they are completely looking over the fact he’s right and he wasn’t the first one to say, he’s just the actual person quotes can now be attributed to.

    the problem here is woody johnson bought it, santonio and the others in his clique broke it and rex and mr t better fix it in a hurry before the psl mess rears its ugly head again.

    guess derrick mason wasn’t so wrong after all, was he?

  51. 6ball says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:22 PM
    .

    @bozosforall

    Yo, BOZO ….here’s a post about your JETS. What? no pithy posts about how the JETS have so much class. Nothing about the JETS “wake and bake ” offense starring Bluntonio (Holmes) and Chronic (Burris)?

    .

    __
    Three things:

    1. The Jets aren’t my team…but I’ll root for them before rooting for an organization that got caught cheating like your team did.

    2. Hilarious seeing how pathetic you Pats fan losers are on this thread…so insecure that instead of being happy that your team is in the playoffs, you are here instead bashing coaches and players that have what you losers never will…fame, fortune and a real life.

    3. Just the mere fact that you felt the need to call me out even though I hadn’t posted on this thread previous to your post shows that I OWN YOU. I am in your empty head and you just can’t stand it.

    Now run along home before your mommy tans your hide for being late for supper. Have fun whacking your little pud to your Tammy Brady Fathead poster in your little basement room, loser.

  52. You morons know he was a Rhodes candidate right? He will have no problems finding a real job, not playing a game, right?

    Just because he calls out some punk ass WR who thinks he’s better than the rest of the team doesn’t mean he can’t play.

    I wonder how many of us on here can say we graduated from college in 3 years with 1 B.

  53. It’s tough for a smart guy with leadership qualities who’s used to working in a disciplined environment on a championship team to just turn off his brain because he’s now in the NFL. Greg told it like it is. He didn’t disrespect his employers; he expressed disappointment in the selfishness of some of his teammates–the same kind of disappointment expressed by the veteran leaders on that team. Good for him. He looked good in preseason before his injury, and I look forward to seeing what he can do next season.

    Stay strong, Greg. Roll Tide!!!

  54. @scooter77777777 …

    Mark Ingram also graduated in three years. Graduation rates among athletes overall are high at Alabama and have increased significantly among football players since Saban arrived. Do you have any idea what you’re talking about or are you just blathering the same old regional bigotries? Prejudice is not a sign of intelligence, honey.

  55. I love the haters out there who ignore certain parts of the McElroy interview to focus on just one thing alone.

    No one cares to point out that McElroy says he loves Rex Ryan and knows that he will turn things around. The nonsensical Rex haters tend to ignore that kind of stuff. Go back and read the article or listen to the interview.

  56. whyalwaysthehate says:Jan 4, 2012 5:58 PM

    McElroy is practicing to be Craig James replacement.
    ____________________________

    Man, that HAS to be the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever read here. Obviously, you’re not from Texas or you would KNOW how we all feel about that SMU back-stabbing, daddy get involved in spoiled brat’s business, lying, gutless slug. He’s a state disease, and you want to compare him to a highly-intelligent young man of integrity?

    Got to be a shock-value statement, because there damn sure isn’t any logic to it.

  57. pjrhc says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:30 PM
    “7th Round Third String QB who spent the season on IR is trashing ANYONE in the NFL, or questioning their work ethic? Sorry, but I fail to see where these guy gets the stones to be calling anyone out.”
    Hey gcsuk, that’s called an interview; they ask questions, you answer them. Amazingly, it doesn’t matter what round you were drafted in.

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    let’s ask the ballboy too then. his credentials won’t matter either. and his sister’s third cousin’s dog ‘yarf’.

  58. Brian Donohue says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:50 PM
    Has a kiss-up-kick-down flavor to it. Not surprising from a marginal bench guy who may secretly envy those with the mere opportunity to “get their own.”

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    well said

  59. bozosforall says:
    Jan 4, 2012 7:19 PM
    6ball says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:22 PM

    3. Just the mere fact that you felt the need to call me out even though I hadn’t posted on this thread previous to your post shows that I OWN YOU. I am in your empty head and you just can’t stand it.

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    it’s pretty plain. he owns you. have a nice life

  60. Does any Jets fan see the irony in them ripping McElroy for running his mouth but being supportive when Jabba the Jet runs his? Nah, probably not. Jets fans aren’t that smart.

  61. It appears comprehension is a problem with some of the readers on this site.

    McElroy isn’t questioning the playing ability of the players, he questioning their interest in the team or themselves.

    He is well within his rights to voice an opinion on this subject, as he, unlike anyone else on this site, is privy to what is actually going on in the locker room.

    Also, this isn’t the first time Holmes has worn out his welcome.

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