A year ago, third-string quarterback Greg McElroy unloaded on his own team, talking about “extremely selfish individuals” and a “really corrupt mindset within the locker room.”
To hear how much things changed, you’d think the Jets were still in the playoffs, instead of home after a 6-10 season.
During an interview with Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, McElroy said the perception of the organization being a circus wasn’t accurate.
“It wasn’t at all,” McElroy said, via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger. “A lot of people assumed things weren’t terrible. It wasn’t the case.”
McElroy also supported fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, even though his one start with Sparano calling the plays resulted in 11 sacks and a concussion.
“I have a lot of respect for Tony Sparano,” McElroy said. “I think he’s a tremendous man. I think he’s a tremendous football mind and I was really blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him for this past year. . . .
“I respect and admire him. I really enjoyed working with him and I always will wish him the best. I’ll be a Tony Sparano fan for as long as I’m around.”
McElroy’s willingness to pull back the curtain on the Jets last year revealed him as one of the few honest players, willing to hang his name next to controversial remarks.
By backing a coordinator who was a flop by their standards, he has again set himself apart.