Mark Sanchez is on the outs and rookie Geno Smith has some serious limitations as far as the playbook is concerned. The New York Jets have themselves quite a mess at the most important position on an NFL roster heading into the 2013 season. The one guy that is consistently overlooked actually had the most success of any QB the team used a year ago, and that guy is Greg McElroy.
Now I’m not going to try and even pretend that McElroy is EVER going to get a fair shake in the Big Apple, but he certainly deserves to be involved in the competition. What really showed last season was that McElroy lacks that internal clock that a quarterback must have to get rid of the football in the pocket. During the Jets’ loss to the San Diego Chargers, McElroy was sacked an astounding 11 times. Those plays all lost valuable yardage for the offense and really have a tendency to stunt drives.
It seems McElroy may have more immediate concerns than just his internal clock in getting rid of the pigskin, however, as currently even Matt Simms is reportedly ahead of him on the depth chart. That seems like a real slap in the face for a quarterback that actually did some more positive things (and certainly showed more positive body language) than Sanchez did a year ago. This development could put McElroy firmly on the roster bubble as training camp approaches.
There’s no way to know who will actually emerge from the Jets’ QB competition as the starter or if it will even matter considering how bad they are across the board, but McElroy appears to be on the outs with the team at this point. His National Championship with Alabama never seemed so far away, and the new Simms era in New York never seemed so close to becoming reality.