McElroy: Everything I know about playing QB I learned from Sanchez

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Jets fans are nearly unanimous in their belief that Mark Sanchez is a pathetic excuse for a quarterback whose benching was overdue. But the man Sanchez will replace as the Jets’ starter on Sunday, Greg McElroy, doesn’t see it that way.

McElroy says Sanchez has taught him a great deal about playing quarterback, and that he’ll try to emulate Sanchez this week.

“Everything that I’ve learned at this position in this league has been from Mark,” McElroy said, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff. “He’s the guy that I’ve seen every day. Every day that I’ve been an NFL player, I’ve been looking up to him. I’ve been observing him and trying to follow after his lead. I’ve been watching him. I understand how to play this game because of him.”

McElroy has said that last year’s Jets team had a bunch of selfish guys who didn’t care if they won or lost, but this year McElroy says Sanchez and Tim Tebow have been model teammates.

“I can’t say enough about Mark and Tim,” McElroy said. “Those guys are unselfish and have been nothing but helpful. I talked to Mark [after Jets coach Rex Ryan made the quarterback switch] and he was very encouraging, very helpful, and Tim’s been the same way. I can’t say enough about those guys.”

It’s classy of McElroy to say that. It’s also probably not quite what Jets fans wanted to hear.

96 responses to “McElroy: Everything I know about playing QB I learned from Sanchez

  1. So…..he learned how to throw interceptions and not act like a leader?

    All the while you have Tebow a prooven winner sitting on the sideline who’s not good enough to play….

    As a Charger fan, I just have to say, the embarrassment that is my team right now, makes me proud to still be a Charger fan when I look at what the Jets are doing.

    The Chargers lack talent across the board, the Jets possess a lot of talent, and just purposely choose to not use it. Thank you Jets, things arnt so bad in San Diego after all

  2. By the responses, I think its obviously clear to everyone here what our first and only collective thought about McElroy’s comments was. Everyone, except of course, anyone associated with the Jets)

  3. The best move in the Ravens’ franchise history was taking Jon Ogden and Ray Lewis with their first two draft picks in 1996.

    A close second was hiring Harbaugh as head coach instead of giving it to Ryan.

  4. McElroy is brilliant. He’s giving himself an out by saying “when I suck this weekend, blame Sanchez”.

  5. Ah, the media trying again to stir the pot. So Jets fans are going to be shocked that he made these comments? What’s he going to say that he hasn’t learned anything behind Mark and Tim and that they are selfish. Greg’s obviously a classy guy and he made some nice remarks about his “friends”. Good for him and good luck.

    BTW, I’m not a fan of either but I bet that both Mark and Tim will once again be starters in this league and they will both probably be successful. The Jets coaching staff is bad. The “new” offense is a gimmick. Put Mark in a conventional offense and Tim in a Shanahan type offense and see the difference. You have to have the right people for your scheme.

  6. Jets fans should be hoping he is just being a nice guy to Sanchez by saying that… which is probably the case…

    maybe McElroy will be the guy… it’s definitely the best Jets decision all year…

  7. And the rest of the AFC East locker rooms break out with severe abdominal pain due to uncontrolled laughter. The dominoes have only just began to fall for this horrible team. LOL.

  8. McElroy opens his mouth and says the entirely wrong thing. The guy can’t even sense which way the wind is blowing. This is his moment to distance himself from Sanchez, and offer something different to the fans. Apparently he is not feeling very confident to go out there and play his game without support on the sidelines from Sanchez.

  9. OMG! If this means what I think it means, the Jets have three useless quarterbacks. Ouch.
    Maybe they could find some team stupid enough to take all three for a first round pick.

  10. “Everything that I’ve learned at this position in this league has been from Mark,” McElroy said. Man, is he really going to suck.

  11. As a Dolphin Fan is there any chance that Greg could pass some of that wisdom on to Tom Brady and that Tom could emulate Sanchez as well when playing the Fins. It is Christmas so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

  12. “Genius of him to pre-emptively blame Sanchez for any bad play.” LMAO!

    Smart kid. If he stinks it up, it proves he’s a great study. Can we then trade him temporarily to NE or Denver so he can learn from Brady or Manning?

  13. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 20, 2012 12:17 PM

    The best move in the Ravens’ franchise history was taking Jon Ogden and Ray Lewis with their first two draft picks in 1996.

    A close second was hiring Harbaugh as head coach instead of giving it to Ryan.
    ___________________________________

    “Yeah, thank God we hired the guy who’s gotten us to one AFC Championship Game in the last four years instead of the guy who’s been to two AFC Championship Games in the last four years!”

    Here’s a bulletin: if you measure success by how far you advance in the playoffs–and really, that’s the only measure–then Ryan’s been more successful than Harbaugh.

  14. So, McElroy is saying he’s learned zero about playing QB in the NFL? Or is he just going to to the opposite of what Sanchez did?

  15. Greg sounds like a smart guy and can learn some things from the veterans while not learning bad habits. Take Aaron Rodgers. He was behind a legend, but one of the biggest divas in the league. Favre flat out refused to teach or even talk to Rodgers during the three years they were together. Favre had his own dressing room and parking spot, which no other Packer had. Despite all that Rodgers turned into the best QB in the league by being the anti Favre: Be a good teammate, don’t throw the ball all over the field, don’t text pictures of his junk, don’t throw the organization under the bus, etc.

    If McElroy is smart and his own man, he’ll be ok. It remains to be seen, however, if he is talented enough to be an NFL QB.

  16. “Everything that I’ve learned at this position in this league has been from Mark”

    I’m still laughing half an hour after reading that quote.

    Could there be any single phrase Jets fans wanted to hear from the mouth of McElroy less than that one ? I don’t think so.

  17. I honestly don’t get it. Sanchez is exactly the same guy he’s been for the last three years, except — perhaps unbelievably — he has even less talent around him than ever before. Nobody to catch dump-offs, nobody to go deep, nobody who could start for 20 teams in the league… what kind of production were you expecting from Sanchez, or Tebow, or anyone else?

  18. I hope Sanchez has not been teaching him how to throw INT. We don’t need another Sanchez. I think Sanchez will do fine with the Sea Hawks.

  19. I could hear that were it a Manning/Brady/Farve/Montana etc situation he was in…..but for Sanchez, Nope!! You can spout the team line only so much and then it get stupid. Now, if he’d said, “I learned where to get the best shirts and photo gigs from Sanchez,” I could buy that!!

  20. i saw the headline and thought i was on the Onion
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    I would have double thumbs up’d that if I could!

  21. en41563 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 2:23 PM
    dowhatifeellike says: Dec 20, 2012 12:17 PM

    The best move in the Ravens’ franchise history was taking Jon Ogden and Ray Lewis with their first two draft picks in 1996.

    A close second was hiring Harbaugh as head coach instead of giving it to Ryan.
    ___________________________________

    “Yeah, thank God we hired the guy who’s gotten us to one AFC Championship Game in the last four years instead of the guy who’s been to two AFC Championship Games in the last four years!”

    Here’s a bulletin: if you measure success by how far you advance in the playoffs–and really, that’s the only measure–then Ryan’s been more successful than Harbaugh.

    _________________________

    Ryan: 2 playoff appearances in 5 years. Lost two AFC championship games.

    Harbaugh: 5 playoff appearances in 5 years. Lost two AFC championship games, this year TBD.

    If you’re using a stat to make your point, make sure you have the right numbers.

  22. Okay, according to you guys, both John Harbaugh & Rex Ryan are great coaches because they brought their respective teams to two AFC Championship Games? Since when is making the AFC Championship Game something to hang your hat on? Great!!! Wonderful!!! You guys made it to the Final Four, TWICE!!! Gimme a break guys, it’s all about Championships, not appearing in Conference Championship Games. My team won 2 Conference Championships in 4 years, and, oh yeah, 2 Super Bowls during that same time period. Since Sexy Rexy has come to the Jets, my Giants have won 2 more Super Bowls than Rex has won even division titles (2 Super Bowls in 4 years is also the same amount of division titles the Jets have won since 1970). When you win an actual championship, even a division title, then you can talk how good Rex Ryan is. I have never seen a coach get so much praise & be labeled as “great” without having won ANYTHING during his head coaching career. As for Harbaugh v. Rex, Harbaugh is clearly the better coach, no contest. While both have the same amount of Conference Championship APPEARANCES (which means nothing), the Ravens have been consistently a top 4 AFC team every year Harbaugh has been there. Harbaugh has never had the type of season Rex has had this year & he never will – all the while having a QB in Flacco who is far from elite. Turnover & roster changes have occurred, but Harbaugh’s Ravens are always there. Once Rex butchered Mangini’s team & put together a team of his own, one he had significant input in, Rex’s Jets have been horrendous. You can’t even mention Harbaugh & Rex in the same breath. Rex Ryan is more comparable to Rich Kotite or his buddy Tony Sparano than he is John Harbaugh. Jets fans need to wake the F up.

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