EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 21: Greg McElroy controls the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during their preseason game on August 21, 2011 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
So by now I think every Jets fan is aware of the comments made by 3rd string rookie QB Greg McElroy. Everyone has an opinion on the comments and the opinion varies depending on who you ask. Should he have said anything? should be have been more specific when mentioning the selfish mentality? Eric Ainge thinks so and many members here think so as well. Or there is the flip side of this argument. Some say that New York created an open locker room where personality is promoted and loose lips not a problem. So they take the good with the bad.
Personally I have absolutely no problem at all with the comments. He wasn't asked to name names, he wasn't isolating any individual he was discussing a team atmosphere in general. Yes he is a rookie but so what! does that make his point any less valid? does it not get the message over that players from 10 year veterans to rookie entrants noticed the problems and found it unacceptable.
Greg came from a school program that won a National Championship with talent and the epitome of team play. He isn't used to working or playing in that kind of environment. For those who listened to the interview it was more comparable to friends talking than it was to a reporter/player interview. We already aired our dirty laundry in public with the post game comments from the players and the players attitude in post season locker clear out. The fire is already the size of an Australian bush fire, it can't get any better.
In my opinion the more players who comment on the negativity and selfish atmosphere surrounding the team, the more pressure it puts on Jets management to make the needed changes to improve in 2012 and lets me honest; for anyone who watched the press conference on Monday, I think the management are going to need all the encouragement they can get. Perhaps they make the pointless gesture of cutting McElroy for his comments and stepping out of line but personally I think that would be hypocritical of a team that's line is as skewed as possible.
Besides, I like McElroy as a player. Obviously not a highly touted prospect coming out of Alabama to the NFL. But he does have Championship degree, by all accounts from Alabama he is a good team mate and I definitely liked some of what I saw in pre-season. Let's see how the guy gets on going forward.
We created an open house for player opinion, when you do this you take the good with the bad.
What Are Your Thoughts on Greg McElroy's comments?
Absolutely Fine! (923 votes)
He Should Have Kept Quiet (239 votes)
1162 total votes