New York Jets coach Rex Ryan comments on former Alabama QB Greg McElroy’s ability to play as an NFL signal caller. McElroy earned high praise during the preseason for his gutsy, smart play.
But he ran afoul of Ryan and many Jets fans when he gave the following comments to Birmingham’s 97.3 The Zone radio:
"[The Jets locker room is] definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you. It's the first time I've ever been around extremely selfish individuals. 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. 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."
McElroy comes from a background of winning. As a starter from his high school career through most of the 2010 season, he had never lost a game as a quarterback. As a product of the Nick Saban Process® he entered the Jets program as a focused, disciplined football player. What he saw when he got there shocked him.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see McElroy not on the Jets roster for the 2012 season.
I also wouldn’t be shocked if he signs with an organization that has a lot more discipline and leadership, from the head coach down to the waterboy. There are a handful of such programs in the NFL, including the Patriots, Steelers, 49ers and Texans.
Don’t be surprised if McElroy gets cut and signs with one of the above, and the Texans could probably use a capable backup, especially with their new tough-nosed approach to the game.