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Rex Ryan may stick with Greg McElroy as Jets’ starting quarterback

Rex Ryan indicated after the New York Jets’ 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that he may stick with Greg McElroy as the team’s starting quarterback.

McElroy replaced Sanchez in the third quarter of the game and threw a touchdown pass on his first drive. That was all the Jets needed to win.

Addressing the media in his postgame news conference, Ryan made it seem like he may be sticking with McElroy as his quarterback.

“Right now I feel comfortable with Greg,” Ryan said, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Ryan did not commit to Sanchez as his starter for Week 14, saying “I’ll let you guys know.”

Ryan also did not say whether he felt Sanchez gives the team its best chance of winning.

McElroy says he has no expectations for next week, but it seems like Ryan will give him a shot. And why wouldn’t Ryan? The Jets were 4-7 with Sanchez starting, and they won the first game McElroy played. Sanchez has committed 18 turnovers in 12 games and has thrown for just 12 touchdown passes. It’s about time the Jets give another quarterback a look. The only surprise is the one they’ve turned to is McElroy, and not Tim Tebow.

Mark Sanchez benched for Greg McElroy

Mark Sanchez played so poorly on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals that the New York Jets decided to finally replace him at quarterback. They didn’t send in Tim Tebow to take his spot, but second-year quarterback Greg McElroy.

McElroy was a seventh-round pick by the team last year from Alabama where he won a national championship. He was activated on gameday Sunday for the first time in his NFL career and served as Sanchez’s backup with Tebow inactive to rest his fractured ribs.

McElroy entered the game with just under five minutes left in third quarter to a standing ovation from the fans. He handed the ball off for a big gain on his first NFL play, and completed his first career pass on a third-and-six to give the Jets a first down. A few plays later, he threw his first career touchdown pass, which gave the Jets the lead.

Sanchez was 10/21 for 97 yards and three interceptions at the time of his benching. The Jets were only trailing 3-0.

Many people were quick to note that head coach Rex Ryan finally decided to bench Sanchez on the week Tebow was inactive.

Prior to Sunday, the only time McElroy had really made headlines with the Jets was when he blasted the team for its selfish behavior.

Photo via @BleacherReport

Greg McElroy Blasts Selfish Mindset in Jets Locker Room

The selfishness of some Jets players became an evident issue when receiver Santonio Holmes was benched during the team’s must-win game in Miami last Sunday. Jets rookie quarterback Greg McElroy gave an even more concerning look at the team during an appearance with Eli Gold on 97.3 the Zone in Birmingham, Ala. McElroy said the Jets locker room was not a fun place to be.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals,” McElroy said of the Jets. “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 … had really had good games individually.”

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

GM Mike Tannenbaum says they’re going to fix a lot of the issues, but that’s easier said than done. Santonio may have been a major problem, but part of the issue is that he was hardly utilized. The Jets need a new quarterback and probably a new offensive coordinator. And I’d much rather get rid of Mark Sanchez first before I get rid of a playmaker like Holmes, though if his attitude is that bad, I wouldn’t want him on the team either. The Jets still have talent and a good coach, so their problems really aren’t anything a good quarterback couldn’t fix. Paging Peyton Manning.

Greg McElroy’s Girlfriend Is Meredith Gray, His Sister is Blair McElroy

On the left you see Blair McElroy, who is Greg McElroy’s younger sister. On the right is Meredith Gray, who is Greg’s girlfriend. On draft day, Greg’s sister Blair was getting all sorts of attention because TV cameras were showing her right next to her brother on the family’s couch. It’s no surprise because Blair seems to enjoy the spotlight. That’s in stark contrast to Meredith Gray who seems to avoid it.

In an interview a year ago, Gray said about being with Greg “It’s been quite an adventure, that’s for sure. I just think it’s funny that people are so amazed. He’s a human being. He has relationships.” She was also pleased to have “never been on TV as Greg McElroy’s girlfriend,” in contrast to girlfriends like Rachel Glandorf.

Sorry Meredith, thanks to a classic mixup, you’re now receiving some attention as Greg McElroy’s girlfriend. After seeing Blair on the couch with Greg, several people went to twitter and started talking about Blair as McElroy’s girlfriend, prompting her to tweet “Good god I am not Greg’s girlfriend … lol”

Here are some pictures of Blair McElroy to help you distinguish between the two, courtesy of Blair’s twitter

For more pictures, check out Busted Coverage. And in case you were curious, McElroy was drafted by the Jets.