Sacks doom Greg McElroy in first NFL start

San Diego Chargers linebacker Larry English (52) tugs at the jersey of New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) during the second half. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

San Diego Chargers linebacker Larry English (52) tugs at the jersey of New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) during the second half. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy managed to complete 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards in his first NFL start Sunday as the New York Jets lost 27-17 to San Diego.

Not bad numbers considering he got sacked 11 times and faced pressure all day. The Jets haven’t allowed 11 sacks since a 1987 game played by replacement players.

He also threw an interception and lost a fumble with about five minutes left as he tried to become the first former Alabama player to start at quarterback and win an NFL game since Jeff Rutledge in 1987.

“I’m disappointed,” McElroy told reporters afterward, according to The Associated Press. “This team’s goal was to finish 8-8 and win the last two games and we’re disappointed we’re going to finish short of that goal.”

McElroy also rushed four times for 25 yards.

“The game plan was definitely was to get pressure on him, sack him and make him nervous,” Corey Liuget said, according to AP, “and make them want to run the ball.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan said afterward McElroy will start Sunday’s season-ending game against Buffalo.

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