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McElroy: Jets locker room 'not a fun place to be'

Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:01 am

By Josh Katzowitz

Despite all assurances that coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum will get it all figured out, the Jets flamed out in quite a spectacular way in the second half of the season.

If it wasn’t Santonio Holmes figuratively urinating on the Captain’s C stitched on his jersey, it was Bart Scott flipping off a photographer. If it wasn’t the constant debate about whether offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer should be fired, it was a constant argument about whether Mark Sanchez should be disowned as the team’s quarterback of the future.

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It was, to say the least, an uncomfortable locker room experience, according to quarterback Greg McElroy.

“It’s definitely not a fun place to be,” McElroy told an Alabama radio station on Wednesday, via the NY Daily News. “I can assure you.”

McElory was placed on Injured Reserve with a thumb injury, but that didn’t stop him from experiencing the unpredictability of a locker room in turmoil. Ryan said Monday that the team chemistry was off this season and that he needed to fix it (surely bringing back Holmes for another season will hinder that goal, eh?).

But maybe it’s more than just chemistry that needs to be fixed.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals,” McElory said. “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 a good game individually. And that’s the disappointing thing.

"It’s going to take a lot to kind of come together next year. I think the fact that we struggled at times this year really led to a really corrupt mindset within the locker room. But I think we’re going to regroup and I know that we’ll be a better team because of the trials and tribulations this year.”

Former Jets quarterback Erik Ainge didn’t appreciate McElroy’s candor apparently. Tweeted Ainge: “Someone tell McElroy to keep his mouth shut about the NYJ ‘Locker Room’ speaking in the media about your teammates, entitled brat!”

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Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:20 am

McElroy: Jets locker room 'not a fun place to be'

A man who speaks the truth even when it might cost him his job, or at the very least make his job more uncomfortable, is a man I would not only want on my team, but a man I wish I could vote for in political office.  There are too few men of true character in this world.  Hats off to McElroy, you may not have been gifted the inate talent of Sanchez (though you're not far off), but you are a far better leader.  

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:52 pm

McElroy: Jets locker room 'not a fun place to be'

Erik Ainge, for the record, was a selfish "entitled brat" and to this day remains a certified douchebag. Ainge didn't accomplish anything in his college days compared to a guy like McElroy. He probably wouldn't have gotten anywhere if not for his father Danny Ainge. Greg McElroy is speaking like a man who cares about his team. If the veterans won't step up to do it then somebody else will. Guys have respect for honesty when it's spoken from the heart. What they don't respect is bullsh!t primadonnas who care more about themselves than the good of the team.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:56 pm

McElroy: Jets locker room 'not a fun place to be'

I wouldn't trash McElroy.  He at least gave his name.  The ones who are beneath contempt are the ones who badmouth their quarterback anonymously.  Best thing is to shut up if you haven't anything nice to say, but if you're going to talk bad about someone, give your name.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:23 pm

McElroy: Jets locker room 'not a fun place to be'

Well, that's one way to find a new job??? Idiot

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:12 pm
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Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:29 pm

McElroy: Jets locker room 'not a fun place to be'

This comment by McElroy is awesome but I have to wonder how he sticks with the Jets after this comment, maybe he wants to move on.  I liked McElroy at Bama and I thought he would be a great back up in this league, now I think even more of him.  I hope his comments resonate in the right way with the Jets or with another team that cares about team chemistry and realizes how important it is to success.

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