He is a starter tomorrow. We will talk after that.
He is a starter tomorrow. We will talk after that.
Let's see how he does these next two games before jumping to any conclusions either way.
There is no way McElroy doesn't win more games than he loses with a strong defense and solid OL and running game. Not a chance. To those that say we aren't in this business to win more games than we lose - we are in it for championships - I'm here to tell you that you aren't winning a darn thing at 6-10 every year. One of these days our beloved Jets (assuming a top 5 defense and strong running game under Rex and company) would bring home that trophy if they made the playoffs for the next 6 or 7 years like some franchises will.
If he were two inches taller and had a marginally stronger arm he would have went very early in the draft. If he had a very strong arm (like Ryan Mallet) he might have been a top 10 draft. You can keep Mallet. He's dumb as a rock and the Pats are trying to move him to Cleveland as we speak).
Since he doesn't have Doug Flutie type height or as weak an arm as his detractors say, I think he will be the most pleasant surprise Jet's fans have seen in a long time.
I've been a Jet's fan for 45 years and if you've read my less than 20 posts on this board you would think I was related to McElroy - that how high I believe his ceiling is. I simply don't agree with most on what it takes to win games in this league. Note that I said win games, not championships, because that requires all kinds of things that you just can't predict. If QB talent was all that it took Aaron Rogers will end up with five rings.
To win games, which is the precursor to getting into the playoffs, which is the precursor to getting to the super bowl, I believe the formula is a balance between offense, defense and special teams. Arguably the defense was the only facet of this team that held up its end of the bargain. The offense and special teams were abysmal this year.
If McElroy can be efficient and not be a turnover machine and simply move the chains and let the other facets of the game do their jobs effectively we have a playoff team. If he should somehow turn into something unexpected we will have something more than that.
The biggest frustration I have as a fan is that most fans seem to think we can capture lighting in a bottle with an import like Moore, Flynn, Smith, (or even Kolb or Vick) or one of the higher rated QB's in the draft. I'm not buying any of it.
If McElroy proves to be a complete bust we are in some serious poop for years. If he can play the way we need him to play (just be efficient and don't turn the ball over) we will have an interesting team and not be ridiculed by the media.
Can we hold off the "saving grace" posts till after we see him start a full game? Lol, he's attempted 7 pass attempts in his entire career and yet some are ready to declare him the next savior of our doomed franchise.
All I gotta say is enjoy the game tomorrow...and give me some of whatever you're smokin.
And in addition
If GMAC is adequate or better the combo of his 7th round salary and Pickchez' overbloated 8 million results in a fairly friendly cap cost for QB in 2013.
And then Pickchez is GONE and we can get things back under control
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And accuracy and decision making is something that can be improved your first few year in the league. Some guys take a while to get the mechanics right. And a lot of decision making comes from experience in reading the coverage. What frustrates most jet fans is in Sanchez lack of progress in both areas over 4 years.
Positives: Good height to see the field. Very poised and composed. Smart and alert. Can read coverages. Good accuracy and touch. Produces in big spots and in big games. Has some Brian Griese in him and is a gamer. Generally plays within himself. Team leader.
Negatives: Poor build. Very skinny and narrow. Ended the season weighing 195 pounds and still looks like a rail at 211. Looks a little frail and lacks great physical stature and strength. Can get pushed down more easily than you'd like. Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush. Lacks a really strong arm. Can't drive the ball down the field and does not throw a really tight spiral. System-type player who can get exposed if he must ad-lib and do things on his own.
Summary: Is not what you're looking for in terms of physical stature, strength, arm strength and mobility, but he has the intangibles and production and showed great Griese-like improvement as a senior. Could make it in the right system but will not be for everyone.
I posted this in another thread, but it is better here. The above report is Tom Brady's scouting report coming out of college. I'm interested what GMAC can do:yes:
And that is one of the most critical reviews of Brady by a scout. Most had him better, I think Kiper and Buschbaoum had him with a 4th rd grade
I have always liked McElroy, the only knock on him has been his arm strength - which can improve to some degree as he matures. He is very smart and has alot of moxy.
He did win a national championship as a starting QB for Alabama which is often discounted by his critics, mainly because of other college QB's that have won college championships and then flopped in the NFL.
I believe these next two games will go a long way toward determining his future - with the Jets at least.
Anybody closing the door on McElroy without at least watching him get a few NFL starts under his belt is pretty foolish in my opinion. It's not like he started somewhere else and failed miserably, he has never gotten a chance - well this is his chance, hopefully he makes the most of it.
I am still kind of pissed at the organization for not leaving McElroy in as the starter 3 weeks ago when they put him in vs the Cardinals, that would have gave us a larger body of work to judge him on, 2 games really isn't much to go on, but it's something at least.
Quite honestly, I would really like to see McElroy be the starter for 2013 and give him a whole season to show what he's got - unless he totally falls on his face these next 2 games - which I don't believe will be the case.