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Jets Offseason 2012: Greg McElroy Backs Away From Dysfunctional Locker Room Comments

A New York Jets backup quarterback made news Friday. No, not that Jets backup quarterback.

Third-stringer Greg McElroy, whose comments shortly after the season about the Jets' dysfunctional locker room helped bring the mess into the public eye, said during a public engagement at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J. that his words were "overblown" and taken out of context.

"I mean, I think it just started going out of control and really what I was trying to say was I was trying to reinforce the fact that I had so much faith in the organization," McElroy said at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J. "I thought we would have a great year the following year because of everything we'd learned from. I have full faith in (coach) Rex Ryan and full faith in (GM) Mike Tannenbaum. I love being part of this team and I love being part of the Jets organization, it's a first-class organization from top to bottom and I'm so, so fortunate to be a part of it."

Maybe McElroy's comments to 97.3 The Zone in Alabama were taken out of context slightly. But it's tough to say he was "trying to reinforce the fact" that he had "so much faith in the organization" when his quote from early January so directly stated his unhappiness with New York's locker room:

"It's definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you," McElroy told the station in January. "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, as long as they got their ... they really had good games individually. That's the disappointing thing, and it's going to take a lot to kind of come together."

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