Greg McElroy insists New York Jets weren't a circus

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.

Greg McElroy is taking the positive approach this time around.

The New York Jets quarterback made waves last year when he spoke of a "corrupt mind-set" inside a locker room filled with "extremely selfish individuals."

That never sat well with coach Rex Ryan, and one year later, McElroy is choosing softer words to describe a team he insists wasn't the carnival it appeared to be.

"It wasn't at all," McElroy told Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio, via The Star-Ledger. "A lot of people assumed things (we're) terrible. It wasn't the case."

McElroy's playing smart politics. He was on the edge of the roster a year ago as a rookie, but with Tim Tebow on the way out, and Mark Sanchez coming off a disastrous campaign, McElroy stands a chance to emerge as the team's starter in 2013.

He's more careful with his words because of it.