Originally Posted by augustiniak
not disagreeing here. but for this offense, which is intended to be a run-oriented, ball control offense, mcelroy already has the qualities you'd want in a qb to run it. he's probably the guy you want to take care of the football and make the short to intermediate throws. time will hopefully tell.
if mcelroy can be a game manager, he's the best option now. maybe he becomes a full time starter or maybe he goes back to being a backup b/c of lack of arm strength. but either way, if he can complete enough 3rd downs and not fumble a lot he should be the qb.
Is a 15 yard out an "intermediate throw"? If so, I don't know yet whether he can throw it effectively. He might, but we haven't really seen it yet. In order to be a viable NFL starting QB, you need to be able to drive the ball outside the numbers. If he shows us he can do that, then I would happily put him in the competition for starter. Its hardly a foregone conclusion though. Sanchez has trouble driving the ball downfield - especially when the pocket is collapsing.
Being a game manager doesn't mean you throw solely slants and flares. You still need to be able to make every throw on the route tree. Remains to be seen whether Mcelroy can do that. I'm perfectly willing to find out though.