By Josh Katzowitz
When Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson talked to Showtime’s Inside the NFL and described the New York locker room as the worst he’s ever been in, he was asked about the relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes.
“Everybody heard about the Santonio and Mark Sanchez kind of beef, so we called it East Coast-West Coast beef,” Tomlinson said. “Santonio being the East Coast from Florida, Mark Sanchez being the West Coast from California. So we poked fun at it being the East Coast-West Coast beef. But in all seriousness, Santonio, obviously, he is a great player. There are some things that obviously he needs to work on as far as being a leader.”
Already, coach Rex Ryan said Holmes would return next season, and Thursday, owner Woody Johnson gave Holmes his endorsement as well.
"I'm concerned, but I'm confident (the relationship can be fixed),” Johnson said, via Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman. "[Holmes] is one of the best players we've ever had here ... One is good for the other."
Johnson said he would consider sitting down with both parties and try to mend whatever rift has grown between the two. He also said he didn’t think Sanchez was too protected or pampered, as Tomlinson claimed in his interview.
“You always take care of your quarterback,” Johnson said. “They probably coddle Tom Brady (and) all the other good quarterbacks in the league as well."
Asked if Sanchez and Holmes could work together peacefully, Tomlinson said, “Whew, that is a tough one. I would really have to sit down with them and see if they can co-exist, honestly. I mean that is a decision that I really have to make. And if I really feel like they can’t, then you have to make a move.”
But no move seems forthcoming. So, it seems like Holmes and Sanchez will have to learn to live with each other for better or worse.
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