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Jets QB Greg McElory On Tim Tebow

New York Jets QB Greg McElroy spoke to the media on Friday about his first start, Tim Tebow and the Jets running game.

On if hes excited the world didnt end before he could make his first NFL start

Everyones asked me that several times this week. Its like, Are you disappointed that the world could end before your first NFL start? And I was like, At that point, does it really matter? (joking) But yeah, Im glad that were still around, Im glad that everythings okay. I wasnt really all that worried about it.

On if other people have asked him if he was happy the world didnt end before he could make his first NFL start

Im dead serious. (Ive heard it from) a couple different people, like high school friends just messing with me and stuff like that. Yeah, its pretty funny.

On if his preparation has changed this week

(You) just continue to do what youve been doing and obviously weve been doing this for a long time now. Were late in the season and theres two games left in the season. You have that routine down. You have that preparation down. It hasnt really affected the way Ive prepared. Every week Ive tried to prepare like I was going to be out there, out there playing in the game and taking the snaps. This week didnt really change much. I just got more reps in practice. I felt good. I felt comfortable going in.

On if injuries on offense have affected the run game

We have a great group of guys. Our offensive skill players are fantastic. Theyve been a joy to work with. I know Mark (Sanchez), Tim (Tebow) and myself have all really enjoyed working with them and continue to improve with them. Its been a great year so far. We just have to continue to get better and feel good about ourselves these next two weeks and continue to get better each day, just focus on something different to work on. Thats been the goal all year and that will continue to be the goal.

On if it has been a challenge having different players each week on offense

No.

On if his workload has increased this week

More interviews. Thats really the only thing that has changed to tell you the truth. As far as the workload, its always been the same. Ive always tried to prepare exactly like I was going to be out there. It hasnt really changed my prep or the way Ive gone about things. Ive had good guys that have shown me how to do things and Coach (Matt) Cavanaugh and Coach (Tony) Sparano and Mark and Tim have been really helpful. Like I said, it hasnt really changed the way Ive prepared and the way Ive tried to carry myself.

On having more interviews

Its ok. Im probably getting sunburnt from the lights. (joking) Thats about it.

On whether it has been awkward to be around the other quarterbacks this week

Not at all, its not awkward. Those guys are great competitors and of course they want to be out there on field, but they also want to help me because if the shoe was on the other foot (or) the roles were reversed, I would be doing everything I possibly could to help them. I think they understand that. It hasnt been awkward at all. Theyve been extremely helpful (and) Im very grateful for that. Im just thankful to have such great guys in the room with me. Im just thankful to have such great quarterbacks being able to help me out and make this week of preparation a little bit easier.

On what he has worked on to get better this year

I think the anticipation. Thats something I definitely try to work on. I think so much of anticipation comes with just being comfortable in the offense. Its really a credit to Coach Sparano and the way hes installed things, the way hes described them week-in and week-out. I really feel like I have an understanding. I feel like us as an offense have an understanding of exactly what he wants to have. You cant say enough great things about him. Its really a pleasure to have an offensive coordinator that pays such great attention to detail and is able to communicate with his players.

On whether his family and friends will be at the game

There will be a nice little McElroy contingent in the crowd. Its funny, my high school team wore green and white, so there might be some outdated outfits out there as far as style is concerned because theyll bring out some of the high school clothes that they used to wear to high school games. But yes, the green and white will be well represented within the McElroy family. Im looking forward to it and I know they cant wait to get up here.

On Tim Tebow

We dont worry about things that are out of our control. Obviously, Tims a great competitor. Tims a great player. Hes been a joy to have around the quarterback room and a joy to have on this team. You dont worry about things like that. Our job is to just go out there, practice, and handle the situation thats been given to us, and thats how were going to continue to handle it. Tims been a remarkable guy all year and I wouldnt expect anything less. I would expect him to continue to be professional in every sense of the word, continue to try to improve and perfect his craft.

Source: New York Jets Media



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