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Current, former players reflect on Mal Moore

Some of the players that are currently succeeding or have recently done so under former Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore expressed their gratitude for his work…but did not do so through statements. They left that to their coaches and other superiors, statements you can see by clicking here.

They did what most 20-something year olds would do: took to Twitter.

Report: McElroy didn’t say anything about concussion until today

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy, bottom, is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget, front left. McElroy got sacked 11 times in the Jets' loss to the Chargers. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy, bottom, is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget, front left. McElroy got sacked 11 times in the Jets’ loss to the Chargers. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy won’t play Sunday when his New York Jets play Buffalo. The team revealed today McElroy has a concussion, and he apparently tried to hide the injury.

Here’s The Associated Press story:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan stepped to the podium, looked out at the cameras and opened his news conference with a warning.

“You’re not going to believe this one,” the New York Jets coach declared without any hint of a smile.

In what has been a bizarre season, the Jets’ wacky quarterback situation took yet another twist. Greg McElroy has a concussion — which he didn’t reveal until otday — and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback in the season finale at Buffalo on Sunday.

“We’ve come to find out that Greg wasn’t exactly truthful with our training staff after the game,” said Ryan, who acknowledged he was “stunned” to hear the news. “He never disclosed that he had symptoms after the game to our trainers. Right now, he’s being evaluated for a concussion.”

McElroy, preparing to make his second NFL start in place of the benched Sanchez, was lifting weights Thursday morning and started experiencing headaches, Ryan said. McElroy went to the team’s training staff and then revealed he was suffering concussion-like symptoms after being sacked 11 times in the Jets’ 27-17 loss to San Diego last Sunday.

McElroy and head trainer John Mellody then went to Ryan to tell the coach the news. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said he was “pretty silent” when he found out a few minutes after Ryan.

“It’s another bump in the road here,” Sparano said, “and it’s something we’ve become a little accustomed to dealing with.”

Ryan was not certain exactly when McElroy suffered the concussion, but said there was no way he would play McElroy against the Bills and the third-stringer will “definitely be out.” McElroy had been listed on the injury report Wednesday with a mild abdominal strain, but was a full participant in practice and was expected to play without any issues.

“I admire his courage and everything else, but you have to be truthful and I think that’s the lesson learned here with the medical staff,” said Ryan, who spoke to the entire team about concussions after practice. “The fact he really wanted to play, I understand the competitive side of Greg and all that, but the most important thing is the health of the players.

“Obviously, I feel fortunate that something like this showed up without him going out there and putting himself in harm’s way.”

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McElroy’s injury throws his status for Sunday in doubt

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy passed for 185 yards against San Diego. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy passed for 185 yards against San Diego. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Greg McElroy‘s run as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback may last only one game because of injury.

According to NBCsports.com, McElroy is suffering from an abdominal injury, which could lead to Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow playing in his place Sunday against Buffalo.

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New York coverage of Greg McElroy’s NFL starting debut

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) after the Jets' loss Sunday.  (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) after the Jets’ loss Sunday. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

We’ve got links to several of the stories by New York outlets from the Jets’ 27-17 loss to San Diego on Sunday, when former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy started.

Newsday: click here

New York Daily News: click here

New York Times: click here

The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger: click here

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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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Greg McElroy talks to the New York media

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) had a 24-3 record as a starter at Alabama. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) had a 24-3 record as a starter at Alabama. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Greg McElroy spoke to reporters Friday after the New York Jets’ practice. McElroy, a second-year quarterback out of Alabama, will make his first NFL start Sunday against San Diego.

Click here to read the transcript of the interview.

Here’s a taste of it:

On if he’s excited the world didn’t end before he could make his first NFL start: “Everyone’s asked me that several times this week. It’s 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?” But, yeah, I’m glad that we’re still around, I’m glad that everything’s OK. I wasn’t really all that worried about it.”

On if other people have asked him if he was happy the world didn’t end before he could make his first NFL start: “I’m dead serious. A couple different people, like high school friends just messing with me and stuff like that. Yeah, it’s pretty funny.”

On if his preparation has changed this week: “Just continue to do what you’ve been doing and obviously we’ve been doing this for a long time now. We’re late in the season and there’s two games left in the season. You have that routine down, you have that preparation down. It hasn’t really affected the way I’ve prepared. Every week I’ve tried to prepare like I was going to be out there playing in the game and taking the snaps. This week didn’t really change much. I just got more reps in practice. I felt good. I felt comfortable going in.”

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Greg McElroy and Alabama’s history of starting QBs in the NFL

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy gets the call for Sunday's game against San Diego. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy gets the call for Sunday’s game against San Diego. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy will make his first professional start Sunday when his team hosts San Diego. It marks the first time a former Alabama quarterback has started in the NFL since Brodie Croyle led the Kansas City Chiefs for one game in 2010. The Chiefs lost 31-0 at San Diego.

Some other little factoids about Alabama quarterbacks starting in the NFL, with plenty of help from pro-football-reference.com:

–The last time a former Alabama quarterback started and won in the NFL was Nov. 15, 1987, when Jeff Rutledge led the New York Giants past the Philadelphia Eagles 20-17. Rutledge threw for 298 yards and led New York back from a 17-10 third quarter deficit. He was replacing the injured Phil Simms.

–Before Rutledge won two starts in 1987, the last Alabama quarterback to win as an NFL starter was Richard Todd. On his 31st birthday, Nov. 19, 1984, he quarterbacked the New Orleans Saints to a 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. The Saints trailed 17-13 in the fourth quarter before Todd rallied them.

–McElroy will be the third former Alabama quarterback to start for the Jets. Joe Namath started 126 games for them during 1965-76, and Todd started 94 during 1976-83. The last start came Dec. 16, 1983, when Todd threw for 230 yards in a 34-14 loss at Miami. The first came Sept. 26, 1965, when the Jets lost 33-21 at Buffalo as Namath threw for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

–The last time an Alabama quarterback started and won a playoff game was Jan. 15, 1983, when Todd led the Jets to a 17-14 win over the Raiders. New York won when Todd rallied the Jets to a late fourth-quarter touchdown.

Alabama started quarterbacks in the NFL and their teams’ records when they started:

Ken Stabler (1970-84), 96-49-1
Joe Namath (1965-78), 62-63-4
Bart Starr (1956-71), 94-57-6
Richard Todd (1976-85), 48-59-1
Scott Hunter (1971-79), 21-18-3
Harry Gilmer (1948-56), 0-10-0
Jeff Rutledge (1979-92), 2-7-1
Brodie Croyle (2006-10), 0-10-0
Steve Sloan (1966-67), 0-1-0

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Jets finally turn to Greg McElroy

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy will get his first NFL start Sunday against San Diego. (AP photo by Wade Payne)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy will get his first NFL start Sunday against San Diego. (AP photo by Wade Payne)

The New York Jets have had enough and finally will do what many of the blog readers figure they should’ve done long ago: Bench Mark Sanchez and start Greg McElroy.

Here is The Associated Press report:

NEW YORK (AP) — Rex Ryan has benched Mark Sanchez and will start third-string quarterback Greg McElroy in the New York Jets’ game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Sanchez threw four interceptions Monday night and couldn’t handle a low snap with the game on the line as the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with a 14-10 loss at Tennessee.

Ryan said after the game that he wasn’t ready to decide who would start against the Chargers, but chose McElroy over Sanchez and backup Tim Tebow after talking with his staff and others in the organization Tuesday.

McElroy, a seventh-round pick last year out of Alabama, helped lead the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona on Dec. 2 when Ryan pulled Sanchez from that game late in the third quarter.

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Joe Namath: I would start Sanchez for the Jets

New York Jets quarterbacks, from left, Greg McElroy, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow earlier this season.(AP photo by Tom Uhlman)

Former Alabama and New York Jets legend Joe Namath says he would go with Mark Sanchez over Greg McElroy for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville. McElroy replaced Sanchez in the previous game and led the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona.

“We’ve all had ugly games,” Namath said this morning on the Colin Cowherd ESPN radio show.

However, Namath added that he would let Sanchez “play his way out of the position.” He still is not a huge believer in Sanchez and but is a big fan of McElroy’s.

“He’ll be in the NFL about as long as he wants to,” said Namath, who led the Crimson Tide to the 1964 national championship. “If he does not get injured, he’s got not only the skill set, the passing ability, the stronger arm that’s getting stronger — that was my main concern — but he’s got the mind and the calmness and the competitiveness to be a successful NFL quarterback.

“He can grasp any offense faster than most of the guys, and his decision making is superb. So, yes, Greg McElroy is going to be around for a good while.”

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Jets announce whether McElroy will start or sit Sunday

The New York Jets will not start Greg McElroy on Sunday at Jacksonville. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Greg McElroy won’t get to start Sunday. The New York Jets announced this morning Mark Sanchez will remain the team’s starting quarterback at Jacksonville.

McElroy, a former Alabama quarterback, replaced Sanchez in Sunday’s game against Arizona and led the Jets to a 7-6 win.

McElroy threw his first NFL touchdown pass. He completed 5 of 7 for 29 yards.

“When I looked at everything, what I came back to is what I mentioned before: Who gives us the best chance to win, particularly who gives us the best chance to win this week?” Ryan said this morning to reporters at a news conference. “And that’s Mark Sanchez.”

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Jets undecided if McElroy will start at QB

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy in his post-game news conference Sunday. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy came off the bench Sunday to lead the New York Jets to a 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, but head coach Rex Ryan isn’t committing to giving him his first NFL start.

According to The Associated Press, Ryan told reporters today he is undecided on his starting quarterback. Mark Sanchez has started every game. McElroy is third team. The Jets’ next game is Sunday at Jacksonville, which is the hometown of New York backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who was inactive against Arizona because of fractured ribs.

Ryan told reporters he expects to decide by the time the Jets practice Wednesday, according to AP.

In case you missed it Sunday when this was posted, here’s video of McElory’s touchdown pass:

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Video of Greg McElroy’s touchdown pass for the Jets

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy tossed a touchdown pass in his NFL regular-season debut today, as the Jets beat the Cardinals 7-6.

A Daily Bama Blog reader found video on Youtube.com, and we’ve placed it here for you. Please look at it quick, because I’m certain it’s violating a copyright and likely will be pulled down soon.

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Tide in the NFL: McElroy saves the day for Jets off the bench

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy after making his regular-season NFL debut. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland five seconds into the fourth quarter. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy got to play in a regular-season game for the first time in his two-year NFL career today and led the New York Jets to a come-from-behind 7-6 home win over Arizona.

McElroy entered the game in relief of struggling Mark Sanchez with 4:48 left in the third quarter. On McElroy’s second series, he quarterbacked a 10-play drive that ended in a touchdown. He rolled out to his right and threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Jeff Cumberland in the back of the end zone.

Sanchez had completed 10 for 21 for 97 yards and three interceptions when he left. The Jets trailed the Cardinals 3-0. McElroy finished 5 of 7 for 29 yards.

“It was fun. We were having a good time,” McElroy told reporters, according to newyorkjets.com. “It was exciting to get a shot and go in there. Fortunately, my teammates did a fantastic job executing.”

McElroy usually is the third-string quarterback, but he got the call over backup Tim Tebow, who was inactive as he recovers from two fractured ribs.

Jets fans chanted “Mc-El-Roy!” throughout the first three quarters as Sanchez failed to get any points for the Jets.

McElroy was a seventh-round pick last year, who missed all of the 2011 season with a thumb injury.

For Arizona on Sunday, former Alabama safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle.

In other games involving former Alabama players:

–Cleveland won two in a row for the first time this year, beating Oakland 20-17. Browns running back Trent Richardson had 72 yards on 20 carries. He scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, giving him eight touchdowns for the season. In addition, he caught three passes for 23 yards.

–Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had two tackles, including a sack, in a 20-13 win over San Diego. For his sack, he brought down Philip Rivers for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick didn’t make any tackles and left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

For the Chargers, fullback Le’Ron McClain caught three passes for 16 yards.

–Linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles in Baltimore’s 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh, while teammate Terrence Cody, a noseguard, added two tackles. Cody also deflected a pass.

–New England beat Miami 23-16 as the Patriots got three tackles from defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and two from linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

–Defensive back Kareem Jackson had two tackles and two passes defended as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 24-10.

–Kansas beat Carolina 27-21, and cornerback Javier Arenas had two tackles for the winners, plus a pass defended. He didn’t run back any punts.

–Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had four tackles in a 31-23 loss to Denver.

–Tonight, Philadelphia (guard Evan Mathis and linebacker DeMeco Ryans) will face Dallas. Ex-Tide safety Charlie Peprah plays for the Cowboys but is out with a foot injury.

–On Thursday, wide receiver Julio Jones caught five passes for 48 yards as the Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 23-13. For New Orleans, safety Roman Harper had five tackles, and running back Mark Ingram rushed six times for 13 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

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Flashback: McElroy to Upchurch lifts Tide in 2009

Note: Every evening this week, we’ll give you video of an exciting moment in Iron Bowl history. Sorry, Auburn fans, this is The Daily Bama Blog, so they’re all from Crimson Tide wins. Check back every day through Friday.

Alabama whipped Florida and Texas with a lot less worry than in its Iron Bowl victory of 2009. The Crimson Tide won 26-21 but didn’t lead until 1:24 remained.

Alabama drove 79 yards in 15 plays in 7:03. Roy Upchurch scored the winning points on a 4-yard pass from Greg McElroy.

We have the video below, but before that, here’s the play-by-play for the winning drive:

Yard line, down-distance, play result
UA 21, 1-10, Trent Richardson 7-yard run
UA 28, 2-3, Greg McElroy pass incomplete
UA 28, 3-3, McElroy to Julio Jones for 9 yards
UA 37, 1-10, McElroy sacked for minus-4 yards
UA 33, 2-14, McElroy pass to Mark Ingram for 9 yards
UA 42, 3-5, McElroy to Jones for 6 yards
UA 48, 1-10, Richards 2-yard run
50, 2-8, McElroy to Jones for 11 yards
AU 39, 1-10, Richardson 4-yard run
AU 35, 2-6, McElroy to Jones for 7 yards
AU 28, 1-10, Ingram 1-yard run
AU 27, 2-9, McElroy to Richardson for 17 yards
AU 11, 1-10, Richardson 4-yard run
AU 7, 2-6, Richardson 3-yard run
AU 4, 3-3, McElroy to Roy Upchruch for 4 yards, touchdown
AU 3, 2-point play, McElroy apss intercepted

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Julio Jones’ big catch in 2009: A view from New Orleans

Earlier this week, we brought you the video of Julio Jones’ memorable 73-yard touchdown in a 24-15 win over LSU in 2009.

Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune has written an excellent piece about that game and that play. Click here to read it.

Alabama trailed 15-13 with fewer than 11 minutes to play when Jones caught a short pass from Greg McElroy, then turned on the speed to score a touchdown, putting the Tide ahead for good.

“We practiced that all week,” Jones told Kleinpeter. “A situation like that, I feel like I should just step up and make the play. I did what I had to do.”

Here’s the video:

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