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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – There was no player availability for the Jets on Tuesday but the one player who did speak to the media could be the team’s starting quarterback next year and he didn’t sound bitter at the news of the firing of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

Second-year quarterback Greg McElroy only made two appearances and one start in 2012 for the Jets but what he did show was that despite a porous offensive line that he was a player with some potential. In his NFL debut, McElroy entered the Jets Week 13 game against the Cardinals with the offense sputtering and the Jets down 3-0. He led them to the game’s only touchdown drive in a 7-6 win and eventually earned a start in Week 16.

Tuesday on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio channel with host Bruce Murray, McElroy responded to the firing of Sparano, becoming the first Jet to do so.

“I have a lot of respect for Tony Sparano. I think he’s a tremendous man,” McElroy said. “I think he’s a tremendous football mind and I was really blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him for this past year.”

McElroy finished the 2012 season completing 19 of 31 passes for 214 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked a franchise high 11 times in the Jets Week 16 loss to the Chargers.

“I respect and admire him. I really enjoyed working with him and I always will wish him the best,” McElroy said. “I’ll be a Tony Sparano fan for as long as I’m around.”

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