Former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy has been named the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, a move Tide fans have clamored for all season.
Jets coach Rex Ryan informed the quarterbacks that McElroy would start against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday, the Jets’ final regular-season game. It would be only the second time the former Tide QB has seen action this season. McElroy came off the bench in Week 13, going 5-of-7 for 29 yards and one touchdown in a 7-6 win.
The Jets’ offense is ranked 30th overall in the NFL this season, and ineffective quarterback play is cited as a primary reason.
McElroy was a seventh-round pickup for the Jets in 2011, but spent 13 of the Jets’ 14 regular-season games on injured reserve. This start could signal that the Jets experiments with both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are about over. Sanchez has been mostly ineffective this year, while Tebow was a high-profile pickup from the Denver Broncos that has been mostly a bust, as despite his popularity, has not developed into an NFL-level quarterback.
McElroy led the Crimson Tide to the 2009 BCS National Championship against Texas, and is the third Alabama quarterback to start for the Jets, following in the footsteps of the legendary Joe Namath as well as Richard Todd.