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Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:15 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:40 am
 
Tomlinson, like new OC Sparano, supports Sanchez. (AP/US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Given LaDainian Tomlinson's remarks following the Jets' embarrassing Week 17 loss to the Dolphins, it's not altogether surprising that he would again suggest that the wide receivers were one of the reasons for the team's lack of cohesion this season.

First, a refresher: LdT's comments in Miami after Santonio Holmes was benched for insolence -- and worse -- quitting on his team.

"Let me just say that there were guys in the huddle that were unhappy with Tone’s demeanor," Tomlinson told reporters on January 1. “And when you have a group of guys who are fighting their butts off, and one guy who -- for whatever reason, his demeanor isn’t with ‘em -- you’ll have guys try to say something to him, just pretty much tell him how they feel. That’s what you got today.

"I’ll tell you what, it’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner. When you’re a captain, guys are looking at you, you’ve got to lead by example. You’ve got to play your tail off until the last play. And when that don’t happen, you have guys looking at you in a way that captains shouldn’t be looked at. You should always put yourself out there as a leader. "

Head coach Rex Ryan's solution: do away with team captains. He might also want to give some thought to doing away with Holmes (although at the Jets' end-of-season presser, both Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum sounded like Holmes would be back).

Tomlinson shed more light on the Jets' season of discontent during a Sunday appearance on ESPN's NFL Countdown. LdT didn't name names but as ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini points out, he didn't have to. It doesn't take Norman Einstein to piece together that Tomlinson seemed to indicate that Holmes and Plaxico Burress might be responsible for recent not-so-nice -- and anonymous comments about quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"I think some things that happened in the locker room between [Sanchez] and the receivers, I think that's where this is coming from -- some of the disconnects that happened throughout the year, maybe some of the arguments you guys heard about throughout the year," Tomlinson said. "So I think this is where it may be coming from."

Last week, unnamed sources in the Jets organization described Sanchez as "lazy" and "coddled". That came days after former Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins suggested that “[Calling out Holmes publicly like backup Greg McElroy did] would have been all part of the process of [Sanchez] growing a pair and standing up and being a man. But the thing is, he lost his because he got caught up in the wash that is New York, the spotlight, taking pictures in the magazines and doing all that stuff. That’s just what everybody has seen with Mark Sanchez, they got tired of it.”

Center Nick Mangold and owner Woody Johnson both came out in support of Sanchez, as did Tomlinson Sunday.

"Listen, there are a lot of things you can say about Mark Sanchez, but to call him lazy is a bit much," he said. "This is a guy that has worked very hard off the field ... in the film room, I've seen it ... the weight room, putting in extra time with the coaches early in the morning ... after practice, when everybody is gone, putting in time. So he's not lazy."

Whatever Sanchez does away from the field, the reality is this: he's underperformed in 2011. His third NFL season was a disappointment punctuated by the Jets missing the playoffs. The team has since parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (he could end up as part of Jeff Fisher's new staff in St. Louis) and hired Tony Sparano.

During his introductory press conference Sparano proclaimed that "We’’ll be explosive. We’ll be able to get it down the field."

And during an appearance on The Michael Kay Show this week, Sparano was even more effusive.

“I’m really excited about being a part of the entire Jets organization here and getting a chance to work with Rex here and work for Rex," he said via SportsRadioInterview.com. … "As far as Mark goes I am very excited about getting a chance to work with Mark Sanchez. When you are in the other locker room he causes you so many problems in your preparation because of the way he can move and escape and extend plays and make all the throws. This guy has won a lot of games in the 4th quarter of games, so those type of things are the things that excite me.”

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Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

HAHAHA... This is coming from a fan of the same team that is always projected to go the Superbowl, and sh#t's the bed when they need to step up to the plate.... If the Jets are a joke, then the Chargers are the butt of that joke buddy.



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Tony Sparano on Mark Sanchez:

When you are in the other locker room he causes you so many problems in your preparation because of the way he can move and escape and extend plays and make all the throws. This guy has won a lot of games in the 4th quarter of games, so those type of things are the things that excite me.”


wait...what, He can?




Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:58 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Sanchez was called out by Mark Brunell who was still upset with Sanchez for wiping a booger on his jacket. Check it out, it really happened.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Now I'm not Norman Einstein but the way I see it; the moment Rex named that clown Holmes captain he lost any real leadership he ever had on that team.
Thanks Joe Theisman!



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Wow LT is a JOKE!!!! I'm from San Diego I've been watching this guy his whole career and what a great one until about 4 yrs ago. Why am I not surprised that he is throwing people under the bus. Oh wait I know why because he did that here before he left saying his teammate's weren't in it to win they just wanted to party and drink, funny coming from the guy who sat out the whole game against the Jet's in the playoffs. Then he tries to throw jabs at Phillip Rivers at the beg of the season this year when he is no longer on the team, and no longer the man. LT is keeps on diminishing his name and should retire, but he won't!! What happened to the quiet young LT who was the good guy in the NFL, now he is just a two faced player who tries to speak up when it's not his place. He needs to learn this is your team these guys are your second family what said, and who said it is to be left in the locker room if they want to come out themselves then let them make the decision!!



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

CREDIBILITY.......look who's calling the kettle black.  Holmes was released by the Steelers for what? Ahhhum.  'Character' issues. ;)  Burress was a guest of the NY Penal system for doing what?  Self-inflicted wounds.  What a shock that these two pillars of manhood would be in any way responsible for team disharmony.  IF Rex has any sense, which IS possible, these two lost causes will have to go.  CREDIBILITY= LT. 

No Way, Rex will promote both to Admiral and Major next year!!!!!!




Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:20 pm
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Now I'm not Norman Einstein but the way I see it; the moment Rex named that clown Holmes captain he lost any real leadership he ever had on that team.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:18 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

The New York Jets are the Thugs/Scumbag team of the NFL now.  The team out in Jokeland doesn't hold a candle to their drama.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:16 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Now THE LT of New York is at the top with just a few great LBs."

Yeah, and child molesters.  Nice post moron.  Keep it real, huh?
  




Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:27 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

This came as no surprise to me or any Steeler fan to find out Holmes and Burress were the 2 nameless mouths ragging on Sanchez
Like I posted last week, as soon as I heard a couple players were bashing Sanchez I knew who it would be.

Sanchez will never develope his full potential as long as he has these 2 chewing on his ears in the huddle.
Look at Big Ben, he became a QB after the loss of Burress and the release of Holmes instead of a game manager.

Those 2 need to be seperated and put on teams with veteran QBs who can tell them to shut up.

Could you see Brady, Manning or Brees putting up with them?



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