Greg McElroy’s first career start did not go the way he had hoped. The young quarterback had just three more completions than sacks.
The New York Jets’ offensive line could not handle the San Diego Chargers’ defense in a 27-17 loss. In order for an offense to be successful it needs an effective offensive line and on Sunday the Jets’ unit was anything but that.
When given time McElroy was able to make some solid throws completing 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards with an interception, but it was extremely rare that he had time to sit in the pocket. The Chargers sacked him eleven times and forced him to fumble it away late in the fourth quarter.
New York’s run game could never get going either. They ran the wildcat a number of times, but instead of Tim Tebow leading the attack it was wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. Kerley rushed the ball once for two yards and connected with Clyde Gates for a 42-yard completion. Shonn Greene chipped in with two touchdowns on the ground along with 38 yards on 14 carries, but aside from that there wasn’t much excitement for the Jets offensively.
This was special teams coach Mike Westhoff’s final home game of his career and following the Jets’ first possession the team allowed Michael Spurlock to return Robert Malone’s punt for 63 yards into the end zone. It was a sign that this was going to be a long day.
The Jets’ defense did a pretty good job of preventing big plays from Philip Rivers. The veteran completed 11 of his 22 passes for 165 yards and was able to connect with his receivers for two touchdowns.
After being eliminated from playoff contention last week the Jets did not look hungry on Sunday. They seemed deflated and rightfully so, but at the same time these guys are professionals and are paid to play the game. Nothing is guaranteed in this league, so they need to go out there and play like their jobs depend on it because in reality that may very well be the case.
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Written by Matt Brody