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Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:30 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 8:42 pm
 

L.T.: Jets' drama 'as bad as I've been around'



By Josh Katzowitz

Just how bad was the Jets locker room toward the end of the season? Real, real bad, says Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson. In fact, he told Showtime’s Inside the NFL in an episode that airs tonight at 9 p.m. that it’s the worst locker in which he’s ever been.

“And I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not,” Tomlinson said. “But it was as bad as I’ve been around. You know it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. There was nothing that the players could do. So when it gets to that point there are certain changes that need to happen. Can it be fixed, Cris?  I think absolutely it can be. But they’re going to have to make some tough decisions.”

That’s funny, because during Rex Ryan’s postseason press conference, he and general manager Mike Tannenbaum said basically that nothing would be fixed. Those plans, of course, changed when lightning rod offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he wouldn’t return in 2012. But that still leaves receiver Santonio Holmes, who played the role of ‘team captain’ very poorly this season, and Mark Sanchez -- who is New York City’s favorite punching bag -- remaining, along with a head coach who might begin feeling some heat next season.

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“It got out-of-hand toward the end of the season,” said Tomlinson, who has publicly given his support to Sanchez.  “That is why it got out in the media. This is something that happened (in the) third or fourth week of the season, that was going on, and nobody knew about it because the players kept it under wraps. Until we went on that losing streak and guys started to speak up and speak out about certain things.”

But Tomlinson also wasn’t necessarily surprised that the locker room went to hell. That, he said, is the risk for a team that takes on the personality of its coach.

“Guys, think about this,” he told James Brown, Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth and Warren Sapp.  “They (Jets organization) created this. This is the type of football team that they wanted. Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style, say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it leads to other things, as guys are calling each other out and saying I’m not getting the ball or whatever it may be.”

A few other interesting nuggets that Tomlinson lets loose tonight.

On whether Sanchez can overcome the drama: “I think he can overcome it. I think, the guy that said, that came at him, I don’t know who it was, that said Sanchez was lazy, but I disagree with that. The guy is not lazy, guys. He is not a lazy guy. He puts in the time after practice in the film room. He can get it done. He just has to have pieces around him to help him get it done.

On whether Sanchez is pampered: “Yes he is, I would say a bit pampered because he has no competition. He has no real threat to say this guy may take my job.”

On Ryan’s public bold predictions and statements for Jets and their opponents: “I would prefer him not to say it as much as he did. I don’t mind every now and again saying we are going to win a championship. Maybe at the beginning of the year just saying, ‘Hey, our goal is to win a championship.’ But at the same time every week if you are calling out a team on certain things, I think it puts a little extra on your team. Guys really want to go out there and say, ‘Let’s shut this guy up.  Let’s shut these Jets up, just end their season.’ I think that adds to that when Rex speaks up like that because, you know, everybody doesn’t like that type of style, and they’re not supposed to.  But at the same time there are certain things that you can do to not have it come off like that.”

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:15 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:40 am
 

Jets RB suggests WRs called out Sanchez to media

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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Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:06 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

Sparano wants to get Sanchez back to 'square one.' (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Rex Ryan spoke to the media Friday, ostensibly to introduce new Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. The head coach also spent a non-trivial part of the conference call speaking to the quotes from anonymous teammates about quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was described as "lazy" and a "baby."

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On Wednesday, center Nick Mangold came out in support of Sanchez, and owner Woody Johnson did the same a day later. And on Friday, it was Ryan's turn.

“I don’t know how many that don’t feel confident in Mark Sanchez,” he said according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’ll tell you this, if it’s not all of them, it’s the majority of our football team has a great deal confidence in Mark Sanchez. And when he walks through that door, his head is going to be held high, there’s no question about it. That’s what I know.”

Well, we know it's not "all of them" because of Santonio Holmes' Week 17 temper tantrum. But we take your point, Rex.

The embattled head coach also addressed the unsourced nature of the comments.

"An anonymous source, or whatever it is, doesn’t speak on behalf of the entire football team; doesn’t put his name to a quote and things like that. Believe me, there's a lot of people that I know specifically -- a ton of our players, and everybody in this organization, in my opinion, that has a great deal of belief and admiration for Mark Sanchez."

Whether Ryan actually believes what he's saying shouldn't obscure the bigger message: if you're willing to publicly blast your teammate but aren't willing to take responsibility for it, you're a coward.

During the team's end-of-year press conference last week, general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted that Sanchez needs to play better. He echoed those sentiments Friday, though expressed them more diplomatically.

"He needs to be more consistent, and he'd be the first one to tell you that," Tannenbaum said. "With that being said, he's done a lot of good things over three years, and we're going to learn from where he can be better, and we’ll move forward. Having Coach Sparano here, we’re excited about those two guys working together."

And lest you fear that Sparano may be in over his head since he's never previously been a coordinator ... well, fear not. 

"I called plays in Dallas during that period of time, working with Coach Parcells," he said according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman.

There's more:"We’’ll be explosive. We’ll be able to get it down the field," Sparano said, presumably not having watched the Jets-Dolphins regular-season finale.  

Sparano's optimism aside, here's the reality: Sanchez is entering his fourth NFL season. If he doesn't show marked improvement in 2012, he and Ryan both could be looking for new gigs 12 months from now.

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:00 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Sanchez -- and maybe Rex Ryan -- will be out of excuses if he struggles in 2012. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

It's been a rough week for quarterback Mark Sanchez, which is saying something because the Jets' season ended ingloriously in South Beach 11 days ago. A quick recap:

* Wide receiver Santonio Holmes quits on team during loss to Dolphins;
* Former Jets player Kris Jenkins says mean things about Sanchez;
* Unnamed players rip Sanchez as "lazy;"
* Jets center Nick Mangold rips unnamed players, supports his quarterback.

And then on Thursday, team owner Woody Johnson, who must feel at times like he's the proprietor of a traveling circus, said that he's never heard Sanchez described as lazy.

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“He’s the first guy in the building every morning and the last guy to leave. So, the last thing he is is lazy," Johnson said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." … "He’s an NFL quarterback. That’s what you expect from an NFL quarterback….I think everybody is a little frustrated.”

Johnson was also asked how the Jets could un-derail the train.

“How do you correct that? That’s alchemy," he said. "Inside the locker room is one of those things that every year is a little different. Thirty percent new players. The fact that we didn’t go to Cortland maybe hurt us… Every team didn’t have an offseason. So maybe it hurt us a little more than some others."

Maybe that's the problem: Johnson thinks sorcery will solve the Jets' locker room issues. That, and doing away with captains should fix everything. But the owner explains that the salary cap and personnel evaluations also play a key role.

“I think the money and rules… The rules prevent you from stocking players and recruiting players the way you can do in some of the college systems,” Johnson said. “Everybody has the same amount of money to spend . So, there’s a certain accountant factor of being a good NFL owner or manager or coach. There’s a risk-reward you have to look at very carefully.”

So while players not willing to go on record are happy to point out that Sanchez is a shiftless layabout, he has the support of his center and his owner.

And now that the metaphorical albatross from around his neck has been removed (at least that's the hope; if Sanchez struggles next season then the Jets will be out of excuses), the plan is to simplify the playbook.

It'll be one of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's first acts. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini explains:

“Look for Sparano to scale back the playbook. Schottenheimer ran a high-volume offense and it overwhelmed Sanchez at times. Sanchez also needs a quarterback coach who can help him better understand pass coverages. Too often he doesn’t know how to react when his first read is covered.”

Maybe that's the problem: Sanchez isn't lazy, he just had trouble understanding what Schottenheimer was trying to do. Sparano, no doubt, will solve everything.

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Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:01 pm
 

Mangold fires back at anonymous Sanchez critic

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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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Now, we’ve heard a response from those Jets players who aren’t afraid to go on the record. That would be center Nick Mangold, who wrote on his Twitter account that the content of the story “is false” and that “if ‘unnamed sources’ want to attack Mark, man up and put your name to it.”

*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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Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:27 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 5:57 am
 

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Jets teammates rip into Sanchez anonymously on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
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By Will Brinson

As you've likely realized by now, Brian Schottenheimer is out as the offensive coordinator of the Jets and reports are that Tony Sparano's on his way in. So the team's in upheaval right now. It won't help matters that some Jets players anonymously and publicly ripped quarterback Mark Sanchez on Wednesday morning.


Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has the story, and it's a doozy, with Jets players referring to Sanchez as "lazy," a "baby" and someone that can't win in New York.

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“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” one player told Mehta. "He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched."

Mehta also writes that the "consensus among players" he spoke to is that the Jets need a change at quarterback, or at least a capable veteran to push Sanchez into better performances.

And the top choice for that veteran position seems to be ... Peyton Manning!

“We already have his coach — Tom Moore," one player, who Mehta calls well-respected, said. "Plus, he’s a field general and will get everyone lined up. He will get his playmakers the ball. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton."

The issue with Peyton is that it's not as simple as "grabbing him and dumping Sanchez." First, Manning has to get cut/released/put on the trading block by the Colts. Then he has to want to come to the Jets.

Whatever, it could happen, but let's not put the cart before the horse, especially when it requires Manning wanting to play in the same locker room that just firmly shoved its current quarterback (and erstwhile leader) under the bus, calling him a "baby" in the process.

"They don’t want to be truthful with him," one player said about the way the team handled Sanchez. "They treat him like a baby instead of a man. He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth."

See, looks like a really fun place to play. Come on down Peyton. But really, anonymously shredding the starting quarterback for a team -- besides being, ironically, lazy in its own right -- doesn't usually mean that there only needs to be one change.

UPDATED (7:33 p.m. ET): One of Sanchez's teammates has come to the rescue. That would be center Nick Mangold who tweeted today that Sanchez's accuser should "man up" and put his name with his criticism.

"That's just wrong," said Mangold, when asked today by ESPN about the comment that Sanchez was lazy. "I've never seen anybody work as hard as Mark has. I support him fully and I think the locker room does as well."

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:32 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 1:03 am
 

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Brian Schottenheimer has 'decided not to return' to the Jets. (Getty Images)
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By Will Brinson

Brian Schottenheimer's been a scapegoat and a half for Jets fans over the past year, owing largely to failures by the team's offense. Many expected him gone after the 2011 season, but Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum were adamant that he wouldn't be fired.

But there were plenty of rumblings that he was on his way out of New York anyway, so it makes total sense that the Jets announced on Tuesday night that he's "decided not to return."

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"After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012," said Schottenheimer in a statement issued by the team. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the six years I have been here. I am grateful for the relationships that I have with our players and coaches and appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into our success.

"My family and I would like to thank Rex Ryan and the entire Jets organization and wish them continued success. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead."

So, um, yeah. This is a bit weird since he's not "fired" per se, but he's also not exactly leaving for a promotion, which is precisely what Rex intimated at his press conference. If Schotty ends up taking a gig with his dad in Tampa Bay, which is a reasonable possibility, then it's (maybe) a different story.

Otherwise it has a disingenuous feel of a "you've got to go but we're not going to fire you since we said we wouldn't" type of thing. Or he's just looking for a "fresh start." You know, whatever.

"Brian and I talked and I understand his decision to look for a fresh start," Rex Ryan said in the team's statement. "I’d like to thank him for all of his contributions these past three seasons. He’s been right there with me, shoulder to shoulder, and played a key role in our success, helping us to reach two AFC Championship games. As I’ve said before, coaching is in his bloodlines, he has a tremendous work ethic and I consider myself fortunate to have worked with him.

"He has acquired a lot of experience at a young age and has a bright future in front of him. I know that he will be a successful head coach one day - probably sooner than later."

Bill Callahan's gone as well, so it means that the Jets are on the market for an offensive coordinator now. There were rumors that Todd Haley and Tony Sparano were shopping themselves as a package deal, but that just seems too odd to work.

Haley seems like a logical fit, and we wouldn't count out former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano is "first in line" for the offensive coordinator position and could be announced as early as Wednesday.

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Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:35 am
 

Schottenheimer, Jets might part ways regardless

Brian Schottenheimer has been in New York since 2006. He may not be back. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

On Monday, a day after the Jets' season imploded in South Beach, head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, still shocked from how the season ended 24 hours earlier, held a press conference to talk about the future of the team.

Among the revelations: wide receiver and team captain Santonio Holmes needs an attitude adjustment, quarterback Mark Sanchez will be the 2012 starter, and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the ire of many a Jets fan, would be welcomed back with open arms should he not land a head-coaching gig.

On Saturday, we wrote that while Schottenheimer's head-coaching fate remains undecided, the Jets are making contingency plans to fill his job. Two names mentioned as possible replacements: Tony Sparano and Dirk Koetter (although they weren't selling themselves as a two-for-one special). A day later, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini writes that he would be "stunned" if Schottenheimer returns to New York, adding "I could see him making a lateral move before returning."

Schottenheimer has been the Jets offensive coordinator since 2006 and appears to have the full support of his head coach and general manager. So what happened? Well, it's not uncommon for public comments to differ from personal beliefs. It happens all the time (see John Elway's recent remarks that Tim Tebow will be the Broncos' starter in 2012 … and then see how that changes in the coming weeks and months). Plus, sometimes relationships run their course. In fact, you could argue that Schottenheimer has overstayed his welcome in New York.

More details from Cimini:

"League insiders tell me the Jets are trying to save as much as possible on Schottenheimer's remaining contract -- two years, $3.2 million. (They'd have to eat it if they fire him.) That enormous, two-year extension he received last offseason, I'm told, was a reason why they couldn't get OL coach Bill Callahan to re-up before the end of the season. Apparently, the rising tide doesn't lift all boats, as far as the Jets are concerned."

Is Schottenheimer the primary reason for the Jets' 8-8 finish? No, of course not. Holmes' selfishness, Sanchez's inconsistency, and a defense that struggled at times in 2011 all played a part in a disappointing season.

That said, it's probably time for a change. The Jets need to find out if Sanchez can be their franchise guy. That'll be one of the primary duties of whoever the next coordinator might be. So when the Jets say they're making preparations just in case Schottenheimer doesn't return, they're telling the truth. It's just that, despite what Ryan and Tannenbaum said six days ago, it may not be Schottenheimer's decision.

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