If I’m understanding the system correctly, the jammed gear tab would’ve been jammed in the appropriate position for when the elevators are down. Because the elevators float, they will be down due to gravity during a walk around unless there is a strong tail wind, in which case you may see one up and one down (or both up), and that is totally normal.
So if the elevators are down, the jammed gear tab is in the correct position and wouldn’t draw any attention. If the elevators were split with one up, then that is normal as well so wouldn’t draw any attention either.
I’m curious why the elevators were split after the accident. I would’ve thought they’d be down due to gravity (they wouldn’t have taken off with a strong tail wind), which makes me think there’s something about it I’m not understanding.