Wednesday could have been the day that Greg McElroy found out he had become a starting quarterback in the NFL. Instead he found out that not only will Mark Sanchez remain the starter for the New York Jets, but that Tim Tebow will continue to be the No. 2 quarterback.
So, during Wednesday's Jets' practice it was back to running the scout team for McElroy, hero of Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
McElroy, who completed 5-of-7 passes against the Cardinals and threw the game-winning touchdown pass, had to be disappointed by head coach Rex Ryan's decision. He played the role of the good soldier, however.
"I had no expectations whatsoever. I knew that Rex (would make the right decision), and we all trust Rex to do what’s in the best interest of the team and I think we all believe that he has done that," McElroy said. "Rex is a tremendous coach and he wants what’s best for us as players and for us as a team, so we trusted him. And really, as far as expectations are concerned, I can’t say I really had any."
McElroy said he had "no idea" what his role would be Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars -- or if he would even have one.
"I have no idea at this point. Obviously, it’s still a long way until Sunday. Rex, I’m sure, will be evaluating everything throughout the course of the week and then we’ll figure out what’s best for the team," McElroy said.
"Every single player in this entire league wants to be out there on the field on Sunday. I mean, it’s the competitor in all of us. But we also have to understand what our role is and we also have to understand what’s in the best interest of the team. Coach Ryan’s been put in charge to make those decisions and to put the best player on the team that he thinks gives the team the best chance of being successful and that person is Mark. I obviously completely understand that and accept my role, whatever my role may be, and I will try to enjoy it and try to continue to improve.