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New York Jets Lose to San Diego Chargers, 27-17

December 24th, 2012 at 6:05 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets lost their second game in a row on Sunday, falling to the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium in the first start for Greg McElroy in his NFL career. Greg McElroy was sacked 11 times, and at other times his lack of arm strength was exposed. He continued to make good decisions, minus the interception to Corey Lynch, but didn't really create much with his arm. The defense was solid once again, but held back by the breakdowns on offense and special teams as they have been all season. The Chargers won 27-17. The Jets had won five of their last seven games against San Diego going into yesterday's game.

'Greg McElroy Making His NFL Debut' photo (c) 2012, slgckgc - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The New York Jets lost to the San Diego Chargers in a typical outing for their 2012 campaign. The offense was putrid, the special teams weren't impressive and the defense was solid, just enough to keep the game close. The lack of offensive firepower, especially at the quarterback position, continues to plague this franchise.

Greg McElroy doesn't really deserve to be knocked for his performance on Sunday. The Jets drafted him to be a backup quarterback and that's the skill set he brings to the table. Greg McElroy is intelligent, makes good decisions and is a decent athlete that can make some plays with his legs. He doesn't have a big arm, which is what left him on the board for so long during the 2011 NFL Draft and will make it difficult for him to ever nail down a starting job in the NFL. The athletes that populate NFL rosters have the speed to essentially tighten up the field, making throwing windows very small. the only way to fit some passes in is with some zip, and we saw yesterday that there are NFL throws that Greg McElroy can't make.

Does that mean he didn't perform better than Mark Sanchez has? No. Greg McElroy didn't implode and by virtue of not handing the ball to the Chargers excessively he gave the Jets a chance to win, but he doesn't appear to be the long term answer. That could seem like a snap judgment after just one start, but arm strength isn't something that's going to improve considerably over time. Plus, with the talent they currently have, the Jets don't make it easy for their quarterback to move the ball. Greg McElroy was sacked 11 times on Sunday.

The loss drops the Jets to 6-9 on the season. There is Tim Tebow turmoil after the quarterback was upset about being passed over for Greg McElroy and requested not to be used in the wildcat. Of course with the Jets being the Jets, the wildcat was finally unleashed with some creative plays and Jeremy Kerley unfurled a 42-yard pass to Clyde Gates. Last season Jeremy Kerley hit Matt Mulligan with a 41-yard strike. Maybe it's his turn under center?

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Tags: 2011 NFL Draft, Clyde Gates, Football, Greg McElroy, Jeremy Kerley, Mark Sanchez, Matt Mulligan, MetLife Stadium, New York, New York Jets, NFL, San Diego Chargers, Tim Tebow, wildcat

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