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A Learning Experience

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The Jets fell to 6-9 today, assuring their first losing season since 2007 with a 27-17 loss to the Chargers in their home finale. Gang Green played a pretty good first half aside from a punt return for a touchdown. Things fell apart in the second half.

It was a learning experience in the sense that we learned pretty definitively that Greg McElroy is not the long-term answer at quarterback. Don't tell me it was only one game. McElroy doesn't have a strong enough arm to have success as a starter. His throws down the field consistently floated. He takes a ton of the playbook off the table. Things fell apart once he needed to take the game on his shoulders.

At the same time, I saw some things that could possibly be built on for Greg to develop as a backup. Before the Jets had to put the game in his hands, he was smart with the ball and didn't give the game away. He also showed toughness after being sacked 11 times. The terrible receiver play makes him a bit tough to evaluate. There does seem to be a little there.

Mourn below. The official recap and our annual Festivus Airing of Grievances will appear later.