New York Jets: Why Greg McElroy Won't Be Any Improvement over Mark Sanchez

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 18, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets celebrates throwing his first touchdown in the NFL to  Jeff Cumberland #86 against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 7-6.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York was rocked this afternoon with the news that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez would be benched for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, with the starting position heading the way of Greg McElroy.

Jets beat writer Manish Mehta was first to break the news on Twitter.


I'm told that Greg McElroy will start at QB for Jets on Sunday#nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 18, 2012


The news was then later confirmed by the Jets' official Twitter account.


#EA Greg McElroy has been named the Jets starting QB for Sunday’s game with the San Diego Chargers.

New York Jets (@nyjets) December 18, 2012


Yet as controversial and heated as the discussions will no doubt be as to whether the starting gig should have gone to Tim Tebow before McElroy or not, the fact remains that the Jets' latest quarterback will be no greater or more successful than the man he just replaced.

The same same issues that plagued Sanchez's time as the starting Jets quarterback will also plague McElroy. They are both products of the same failed system and will thus produce similar results on the field.

McElroy won't be any improvement over Sanchez.

It's not a reflection of McElroy's potential or throwing ability—it's a reflection on the poor organization and system that the Jets currently have in place. Their problems are at the core of this football team and run throughout the system. No change in quarterback is going to change that; wholesale changes are needed rather than temporary attempts at a quick-fix.

The Jets—as a team—are simply not up to scratch this year.

Granted, their current 6-8 record has a chance to match the 8-8 team they finished last season, but there are few brave enough to suggest that you could call the 2012 NFL season anything close to "success" for the Jets. 

As a team, they just haven't been good enough this year.

Their offensive line has allowed 35 sacks this season; their defense has made just 11 interceptions and 26 sacks this year. All of those numbers place the Jets near the bottom of the league in those categories this season.

Their turnover ratio is at minus-11—one of the worst ratios in the league—and their 33 turnovers is the second-highest total in the league.

And then there are all the little things that, combined, make it difficult for any quarterback—Sanchez, McElroy or even Tebow—to thrive.

Things like the fact that the Jets have kicked just 17 field goals and punted 74 times this season, ranking third-fewest and fifth-highest, respectively.

At the end of the day, this isn't a top-tier football organization and it isn't a team that has any shot of competing against the likes of the New England Patriots. Compare their defense, their turnover ratio and their offensive line and you'll see why they'll never be able to compete at a high level, all the time, without any slip-ups or frequent bad days.

The Jets have too many bad days to be considered quality.

It sounds harsh, but it's true, and whether you put Sanchez or McElroy under center, it's not going to change the realities that exist inside this football team.

Sure, the problems will manifest themselves differently and the two respective quarterbacks will have different results on the field. But in the long term, McElroy will most likely end up in the same position that Sanchez found himself in so often.

Face down, ball loose, crowd roaring, wondering what could have been.

Watch the San Diego Chargers have a field day.


Who do you think should be the Jets' starter—McElroy or Sanchez?

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