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Why Greg McElroy Broke Locker Room Code, Should Be Shunned By Jets Teammates

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets in action against the New York Giants during their pre season game on August 29, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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John RozumCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2016

In an interview with 97.3 The Zone, New York Jets rookie QB Greg McElroy gives his perspective on the locker room.

According to Cindy Boren of the Washington Post, McElroy said in the interview:

It’s the first time I've ever been around extremely selfish individuals, and 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.

Also, in an article by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, an anonymous player had a similar outtake:

McElroy’s characterization mirrored what one player told the Daily News on Monday. “This place is a zoo,” the player said.

That being said, McElroy has his right to give his opinion. However, we should not expect McElroy's Jets teammates to take his side. The biggest reason is because if you're going to put in some strong viewpoints after a disappointing season, why do it in an interview setting?

His teammates should and will shun him for not addressing them and coach Rex Ryan first. If you have a problem with someone or somebody, they'll resent you quite a bit for not telling them your feelings face-to-face.

Even if McElroy were to address his opinion on the team in front of everyone, he wouldn't have to single anyone out. He just has to give his take with them present, that's all.

A locker room will respect a player, especially a seventh-round rookie, a lot more if he were simply just tell them straight forward. It would be a completely different situation if McElroy had addressed the team first, and then revealed what he said in an interview.

That totally changes the complexion of the current situation, but because he broke the so-called unwritten locker room code, his teammates will shun him and it only makes the drama in New York even worse for the Jets.

Add in the New York Giants making the playoffs and winning the NFC East, the Jets have so much on their plate right now to fix, that all McElroy did was add more wood to the fire.

 

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