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Greg McElroy says critical comments were a 'rookie mistake'

McElroy saw his first regular-season action on Dec.

McElroy saw his first regular-season action on Dec. 2, 2012, when he replaced a struggling Sanchez midway through the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. With his team down 3-0, McElroy engineered a 10-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. The Jets won the game, 7-6.
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Greg McElroy had to field a couple hundred messages from friends and family after his NFL debut in the second half on Sunday, and Rex Ryan is considering whether to start McElroy over Mark Sanchez this coming Sunday against the Jaguars.

But the second-year QB got himself in some hot water after last season with comments to a Birminghim radio station about the "corrupt" state of the Jets locker room during the 2011 season.

"I reached out to a lot of players as soon as everything happened and just apologized, tried to explain what the situation was," McElroy said on Monday. "A lot of guys were upset and rightfully so. i did have to own up to it, did have to do a little damage control for sure.

"(Former Jets offensive tackle) Wayne Hunter said it best -- rookie mistake, don’t do it again."

McElroy missed all of his rookie season with a thumb injury but was still around the Jets facility rehabbing and trying to learn the ins and outs of NFL life. He was there again on Monday despite it being a day off after the win, reviewing game footage and trying to keep his routine the same -- even with the possibility of getting his first NFL start.

"Just a normal Monday, honestly," he said. "Woke up, got a workout in, now I'm just watching film of the game. Just a standard monday, wouldn't have it any other way."

As for Rex Ryan's QB decision, McElroy said it won't affect the working relationship between himself, Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

"You don’t need to make a case, there’s no case being made (as to why he should start)," McElroy said. "Coach Ryan will make the decision and do what's best for this team. It's just going to be Rex’s decision and we’ll deal with it when he decides."

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