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McElroy: Selfish individuals corrupted locker room

Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jetsin

Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jetsin action against the Philadelphia Eagles during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 1, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Greg McElroy was able to sit back and do a lot of observing this season.

Let's just say the backup quarterback, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a thumb injury in September, didn't exactly think the Jets' locker room mirrored Disneyland.

"It’s definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you," McElroy said today on 97.3 FM in Birmingham, Al. "It's the first time I've ever been around extremely selfish individuals, but I think that’s maybe the nature of the NFL. But there were people within our locker room that didn't care if we won or lost, as long as they had their good [individual] games, and that's the disappointing thing."

McElroy was likely hinting at Santonio Holmes, who was pulled out of the closing minutes in Sunday's game by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and teammates felt the wide receiver quit. McElroy isn't sure the team can co-exist immediately as it's currently constructed.

"It's going to take a lot to kind of come together next year," he said, "and I think the fact that we struggled this year really led to a just corrupt mindset within the locker room. But I think that we are going to regroup and I know we’ll be a better team because of the trials and tribulations this year."

McElroy, who won a 2010 BCS national championship at Alabama under Nick Saban, thought the selfish attitude of some cost the Jets a legitimate shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

"Quite frankly, if you go down the roster, there’s no reason we shouldn't have had made a Super Bowl run," McElroy said. "The talent top to bottom is pretty remarkable and that's the disappointing thing, is the fact that it doesn't matter how much talent you have. If you don't come together as a group and just kind of figure things out and kind of withstand the difficulties of the season, you are never going to amount to anything.

"Coach Saban preached that over and over again, and I think this is probably the first time it's ever applied, because we had people that refused to buy in, and I don't know if those people are going to be here next year. But I love Rex’s approach and I think he empowers us and makes us feel good about ourselves."

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