A new era may be upon us.
Midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s game head coach Rex Ryan made a decision that many thought should’ve been done weeks ago. He pulled Mark Sanchez.
With the New York Jets down 3-0 Greg McElroy stepped into the game. On his first possession he led New York on a 10-play drive resulting in the game’s only touchdown. McElroy connected with Jeff Cumberland on a one yard toss and the Jets never gave back the lead, winning by a score of 7-6 against the Arizona Cardinals.
The decision to bring in McElroy was a direct result of how Sanchez was playing. The starter threw three interceptions in the first half and failed the move the ball on the Jets’ first three drives of the second half.
Once the second-year quarterback came in there was a completely different feel to the game. With 7:55 left in the game the Jets got the ball back and it was clear they wanted to run out the clock and that’s exactly what they did. Shonn Greene led the way, but McElroy made a big third-down throw to Jeremy Kerley that continued the drive. Greene had a solid outing finishing with 104 yards on 24 carries.
For the approximately 22 minutes that the Jets’ defense was on the field they took care of business. They gave up a total of 137 yards and never allowed the rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley to get comfortable in the pocket. LaRon Landry had New York’s lone takeaway when he intercepted a Lindley pass.
Who knows what direction the Jets will go down in regards to their quarterback, but Greg McElroy proved he can play. We may have seen a changing of the guard in New York.
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Written by Matt Brody