FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Greg McElroy betrayed no disappointment at returning to his usual job of scout-team quarterback Wednesday.
"Coach [Rex] Ryan's been put in charge to make those decisions and to put the best player on the team that he thinks gives the team the best chance of being successful and that person is Mark [Sanchez]," McElroy said. "I obviously completely understand that and accept my role, whatever my role may be, and I will try to enjoy it and try to continue to improve."
His role was up in the air for a little less than 72 hours after his capable relief work on Sunday, coming in for Sanchez late in the third quarter to pilot the Jets to their only score of the day in a 7-6 win over the Cardinals.
Ryan took two days to talk it over with his coaches and superiors before informing the quarterbacks of his decision during their position meeting Wednesday morning. From there, McElroy said it became a normal day -- running the scout team with him playing the part of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne against the Jets defense while Sanchez took all the reps with the first-team offense.
And McElroy said he's OK with that.
"I don't speculate on things like that," he said. "Just understand, accept your role, make the most of your opportunity and enjoy your role and do whatever you possibly can do to help the team be successful."
It was a fun few days in the spotlight, however -- McElroy got to bask in the media glow like Sanchez usually does, and all three Jets quarterbacks got the full throng of reporters around their lockers Wednesday.
"It's been a great couple of days because it's after a win so you kind of enjoy that," McElroy said. "Most of yesterday was kind of spent just getting ready for Jacksonville and watching them and obviously Monday was spent mostly to look back and reflect on the game and the mistakes and the things that you did well. So it's been just a normal week to tell you the truth."
But now, with Sanchez on notice despite starting and McElroy having shown he can handle himself on the field, the dynamic may be a bit different going forward.
"Obviously, if a certain situation were ever to come up, God forbid, I would like to know that I will be prepared and just continue to keep doing what I was doing before and continue to keep trying to improve," McElroy said. "That's really the number one thing for me at this point and obviously, to help Mark and Tim [Tebow] and that's my number one goal. So I was glad I was able to get a little playing time and tried to make the most of it and hopefully I continue to build off that and try to get better