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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
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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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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:25 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Back in my day playing football, that would be many long years ago, if one of our receivers started bad mouthing anyone, we would take them out and kick their ass. Or we would give them some special treatment in practice that caused them to realize that their personal safety depended upon their ability to keep their mouths shut and play ball.  When I played WRs were in the same class as kickers, unless they were catching passes for first downs or scoring a touchdown they were not considered real football players. 
In what imaginary time period was this? What a rod.



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:15 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Well for many in New York LT is one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game not some RB who played the best part of his carreer on the other side of the US.

Tomlinson is a great RB but as far as RBs go he is near the top of a crowded bunch of great RBs
Now THE LT of New York is at the top with just a few great LBs.

So before you decide to insult someone think about why they might have worded something like they did.




Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:10 am
 

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. 



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:57 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Who is LdT? It's LT you cuntbags.

Consider yourselves pimpslapped.




Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:51 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Enough with the leaked information from unidentified sources.

If the source is unidentified ( and doesn't have the balls to be identified)
then don't print it. I really don't care what a bunch of overrated, overpaid primadona's
think about their former QB.    



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:38 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

I think half the Jets problem is Coach Rex Ryan, who insists everyone on his team is a great player or best in the league. Let's face it, maybe Derrelle Revis is great, but everyone else? All the Jets can't be great. What about Santonio Holmes? He certainly isn't a supporter of Mark Sanchez. Plaxico Burress has always had a mouth on him, so we know why there is discontent. The Giants were having problems with Plax long before the shooting incident.
BINGO!!!!! YOU HIT THE NAIL RIGHT ON ITS FAT HEAD. THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE HEFTY, LOUDMOUTH COACH WHO IS NOTHING MORE THAN KOTITE + AROUND 50 LBS. TUBBY CREATED THE EXPECTATIONS AND THE PRESSURE, THE BRASH INSULTS TO THE OPPONENTS THAT FIRED THEM UP EACH WEEK. TUBBY IS THE ONE WHO ANNOINTED SADCHIZE AND SADTONIO CAPTAINS, AND THEN TOOK AWAY THEIR STRIPES. TUBBY IS THE ONE WHO DID NOT KNOW THAT SADTONIO WAS BENCHED AND THE ENTIRE TEAM WAS BASHING EACH OTHERS BRAINS OUT IN THE CLUBHOUSE AND THE MEDIA. TUBBY IS THE SO CALLED DEFENSIVE GENIUS THAT COULD NOT COME UP WITH A SUCCESSFUL PASS RUSH SCHEME. SCHOTTENHEIMER WAS ABLE TO SECURE AN NFL OC JOB IN 1 WEEK, DON'T BELIEVE HE WAS THE PROBLEM. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, TUBBY AND THE JET ORG THAT BACKED HIM ARE TO BLAME FOR THIS DEBACLE. THE TEAM AND PLAYERS WERE MEDIOCRE AT BEST. NOW LT AND ANY OTHER PLAYER THAT CAN, WILL RUN FOR THE HILLS AWAY FROM THE JET BIG TOP.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:56 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Why is it that nearly 100% of a teams discontent is always caused by a bunch of sissified WRs.  Back in my day playing football, that would be many long years ago, if one of our receivers started bad mouthing anyone, we would take them out and kick their ass. Or we would give them some special treatment in practice that caused them to realize that their personal safety depended upon their ability to keep their mouths shut and play ball.  When I played WRs were in the same class as kickers, unless they were catching passes for first downs or scoring a touchdown they were not considered real football players. 



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:55 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Who is LdT? It's LT you cuntbags.



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:37 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

Well the Jets claim to be a ground and pound team so when you ground and pound your wr's are blocking not catching the football.  When you have divas at the wr position they don't want to block all day they want to ball all day.  They are playing selfishly and not thinking about team but about self.  If the wr's on the Jets would just do their jobs and not worry about getting the ball they might have faired better this year.  The fact that you are a captain and acting like that show your lack of maturity and the fact that you are not a leader.  Rex problem is he appointed Holmes a captain and that was his mistake because the team decides who the captain is not the coach.  If he would have let the team decide then this would not be happening because Holmes would have been put in check a long time ago.Cool



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:36 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

During his introductory press conference that "We’’ll be explosive. We’ll be able to get it down the field."
Come on Soprano, with what players? Plax, Homes, Sanchez. The running game is anemic and you don't have anyone who can stretch the field. I like the not so subtle knock on Schotty as soon as you walk in the door. It's all about getting the back page of the NY Post since the Yets (as in haven't won anything YET) since the Giants own NY. 


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