GM Disputes ‘Corrupt’ Locker Room; Ex-Jets QB Calls McElroy ‘Entitled Brat’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jets rookie quarterback Greg McElroy says there was a “corrupt mind-set” in the locker room during a disappointing season, and the team included some “extremely selfish individuals.”

The Jets’ seventh-round pick out of Alabama told 97.3 The Zone in Birmingham on Wednesday that New York’s locker room was “definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you.”

McElroy missed the season with a thumb injury, but was around the team throughout as it finished 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs.

“There were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost as long as they got theirs, they had a good game individually,” said McElroy. “And that’s the disappointing thing.”

McElroy didn’t single out any players, but the comments came on the heels of Santonio Holmes being benched in the regular-season finale for arguing in the huddle.

Later Wednesday, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted to WFAN’s Mike Francesa that his team had “issues,” but disputed the “corrupt mind-set” suggested by McElroy.

Listen: Tannenbaum with Francesa

“We knew there were issues during the season and we didn’t get it done,” Tannenbaum told Francesa. “We thought we addressed some of them, but we didn’t do a good enough job and that manifested itself in the huddle this past Sunday. We have to do a better job, Santonio has to do a better job. And we will.”

He added: “But I don’t think we have a corrupt locker room.”

Former Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge didn’t mince words when he tweeted Thursday morning: “Someone tell McElroy to keep his mouth shut about the NYJ ‘Locker Room’ speaking in the media about your teammates, entitled brat!”

Tannenbaum also put the starting quarterback question to rest. It’ll be Mark Sanchez to start the season in 2012.

“(Sanchez) is the right guy and I know we’ll see a better Mark out there next year,” he said.

“I think he’s shown he can be a winning NFL quarterback and that’s what you need from the position,” added Tannenbaum. “Do I think he’s going to be Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Drew Brees? Obviously, that would be hard to say as of today, but I do think we can win a lot of games with Mark as our quarterback.”

Your thoughts on Tannenbaum’s rebuttal? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • IT disputes

    that the great blog.i love to read.

  • Lamont C. Cranston

    Trite head in the sand diatribe. Suggestion for “Tanbombed”: wake up and smell the….cow pasture. Re Ainge: Credibility? Have to wonder if he is off his “meds”.again….

  • Tommy C

    Hey Jets fan keep your fingers crossed . Its off-season and we all know it only a matter of time till Santonio gets busted again. 2 strikes already, the 3rd stike he’s gone for a year and it nullifies his contract . LETS GO BIG BLUE , show’em how its done .

    • Prosperity Stairs Rails

      from your lips to God’s ear. Ridding the team of Holmes and his salary cap hit, would allow us to refocus on team, sign an offensive line that wasn’t offensive, and maybe start replacing the fossils on defense. Of course, running an offensive game plan that attempted to exploit your strengths, and cover your weaknesses would have helped a lot too, but, don’t blame Shotty, it was only his job to do that.

  • brotherd

    Something about the arc of Rex Ryan’s rise and fall seems familiar. Quick success and early braggadocio, exceeding all early expectations. The toast of New York. Followed by overhype and overrating and less than perfect work ethic. Seemingly floating in the ether above the Manhattan skyline: riding high, but without a true foundation. If this sounds familiar to you, than perhaps you remember the 2006-8 Mets, or even the early career of assist maestro, Mark Jackson. All of these sports stories were pumped up higher than they should have. Once they met adversity, they began to fall. The higher you fall from, the harder it is to stop the bleeding. 2 game losing streaks turn into 4 and 5 game streaks.

    I have to say. I’m tired of my teams telling me this type of story. Makes me want to change the channel.

  • John Thorsen

    Ainge is by no means a perfect citizen. Finally some gutsy kid tells it like it is. MT should concentrate on making better draft choices rather than posturing.

  • T.L.

    What a bunch of pyscho babble, can anyone in that organization walk upright and say the truth, this freakin Sanchez is a piece of dog crap!!!! He can’t read defenses , he’s inaccurate , he’s a poor decision maker, he just sucks. Give McElroy a chance to take his job, at least he says what is on his mind.

    • Drew Whitney Thrasher

      McElroy is gonna be the Tim Tebow for the NY JETS. Sanchez is gonna be playing his worst ball next year and the people of NYJ are gonna be begging for McElroy just because he stands up and tells it like it is. That’s a leader.

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