I used to hate when people used the word circus to describe the New York Jets, but let’s be honest — given the events of the past few weeks, there is simply is no other way to describe them.
Rex Ryan announced this morning that Greg McElroy, who made his first NFL start in last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, has a concussion and will be unable to start on Sunday at Buffalo.
Mark Sanchez , not Tim Tebow, will start in his place.
McElroy, who was sacked 11 times on Sunday, acknowledged that he had suffered a mild ab strain yesterday that would not effect his availability for the season finale, but apparently the QB also suffered a head injury that did he did not disclose to the training staff until today. McElroy went to Ryan’s office with John Melody, the team’s trainer, this morning to inform the team of the injury after a post concussion headache set in while he was lifting weights at the facility.
The latest chapter in the Jets quarterback carousel drama is an interesting one, though I smell a lot of BS here. Smells to me like the Jets wanted to find a way to get Sanchez back under center for the season finale, either to showcase him to potential trade partners or give him a confidence boost heading into next season, knowing they are tied to his contract extension and will be forced to keep him.
This story also presents serious questions about the Jets training staff, as they apparently were completely unaware their quarterback had suffered a head injury. I am not an expert on concussion protocol, but Ryan’s admission that the training staff had no prior knowledge of a head injury Greg had (as we have come to understand) been quietly dealing with all week also puts them in a difficult and unflattering position, especially when you recall the guy was sacked 11 (!) times. Moreover, it is also a sad commentary on just how far these players will go to to avoid missing an opportunity because of a head injury — precisely the kind of the thing the league is trying to avoid.
Of course, all of this says nothing about the Tim Tebow situation, another epic chapter altogether. Whether or not you believe all, part or none of the reports regarding Tebow’s sit down convo with Rex Ryan last week, you have to admit the obviously blatant attempt to prevent him from playing is absurd. In fact, Jeremy Kerley has been taking snaps out of the Wildcat all week in practice, more evidence that the Jets have no plans to let Tebow play a single snap in Buffalo. What happens is Mark suffers an injury that prevents him from finishing the game? Does Jeremy Kerley play QB? They gonna call Matty Simms? Cause Tebow ain’t playing.
More to come on this, I’m sure. Seems reasonable to expect an aother anonymous source article will be dropping soon.