By Josh Katzowitz
We brought stunning* news to you this morning that one member of the Jets had ripped into Mark Sanchez for the NY Daily News, saying the third-year quarterback was lazy and a baby.
“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” the player told the paper. "He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched."
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*Stunning, in the sense that somebody would actually say this. Not stunning, that it actually would be true. Which, of course, we don’t know.
That anonymous player said the team consensus was that the Jets should bring in Peyton Manning to take over the starting spot and that the team was too afraid** of mishandling the fragile Sanchez.
"They don’t want to be truthful with him," the anonymous player said. "They treat him like a baby instead of a man. He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth."
**A conspiracy theorist could say that this is the reason Rex Ryan continues to say, no matter how Sanchez performs, that Sanchez still is his No. 1 guy and the quarterback that’s going to lead the team to the Super Bowl. Ryan, though, is also the guy who keeps threatening to bench Sanchez.
Mangold, though, countered that opinion by saying the complete opposite on ESPN Wednesday.
"That's just wrong," said Mangold, who also said he’d rather have Sanchez as the quarterback than Manning. "I've never seen anybody work as hard as Mark has. I support him fully and I think the locker room does as well."
The unprovoked and anonymous attack is just another indication at how screwy the organization is right now. Perhaps with new offensive assistant coaches coming in -- it likely will be either Tony Sparano or Todd Haley running the Jets offense next season -- life can settle down in the New York locker room.
Of course, if Sanchez continues to play as poorly as he has, the questions about his ability won’t stop. Until, you know, he’s actually out of his job.
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