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Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

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

Nightmare in New York

“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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Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:34 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Wait--arent the J-E-T-S- going to the super bowl this year with paco leading the way?--just woke up from my nap that started in training camp--thought i heard the tubby one render the season meaningless cause the jets were going to win it all this year--or was that LeDung and the Heat--so confused.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:18 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

I follow the Bills and I'll tell you why they haven't made the playoffs in over 10 years. First it starts with no franchise QB. They have lacked a real winner at QB since they pushed Flutie aside. While he wasn't the answer as a franchise QB he was a winner and they just shoved him aside because of one good game by Rob Sucky johnson. Number 2, they lack a big play WR. Stevie Johnson is a solid number 2 but when the game is on the line, he flat out chokes! Last but not least we have a cheap ass owner. He has more money than most if not all the owners in the league yet he is a cheap ass. We have lost numerous FA due to not opening up the wallet to keep them. Nate Clements, Antoine Winfield, Pat Williiams to name a few. Those are some big issues to fill in order to win and unless they are all addressed they will never be good enough to overtake the Pats or Jets

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:16 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Laid back So. Cal., can someone get me another hot dog ?

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:04 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Perhaps new OC Tony Sparano will be a better fit for Sanchez.  If not, it will definitely be time for a change.  If Manning is released, I would certainly try to pick him up.

For the Draft, Should the Jets focus more on Defense or Offense?

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:52 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

dont disagree lion fan BUT some injuries are more relevant than others - the bills lost the leagues leading rusher fred jackson, not to mention many of their starting defence (Rosco parrish, K. Williams, Wilson, Bell, Hairston, Wood, Jackson, Merriman, mcgee,) which directly lead to their latte season demise. \just as all teams must overcome injury, a young team with key injuries are going to find it far more difficult to bounce back - dont forget fitgerald just like stafford was injured for half of the season also.

if the lions had lost megatron for any extended length od the season they would have been in trouble also ...some players loss impacts more than others .. that is my point the bills defence would have been much tougher making it far easier for the offence....  

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:51 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Why did Mark Sanchez wipe a booger on Mark Brunell's jacket? Why, unless he's a lazy baby and didn't want to get up and get a hanky.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:49 pm

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

There is no way that Peyton Manning can or will want to go to the jets simply because of Rex Ryan.  Peyton Manning is a coach in a players uniform and has proved successful in being this way.  Jim Caldwell was only given the Colts job because he was a pushover and it showed this year when Manning went down and the Colts looked like a high school team for 14 out of 16 games of the season.  If somehow it ever happened where Manning joined the Jets, Ryan would not let his team run like this. Sanchez just needs to be pushed constantly, which Rex will fix.  The Jets will compete for the division next year because they will have a new offensive coordinator, which will push Sanchez because he has to adjust to a new system.  Ryan on the other hand needs to focus on his team more than his antics in the media.  Nick Mangold deserves a lot of credit for being a stand up guy and defending his quarterback. 

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:27 pm
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Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:51 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

The Lions lost 3 RB'S and had Injuries all over their defense and went to the PLAYOFFS,The Texans lost Schaub and are still in the PLAYOFFS.All teams have injuries.

Now there is something that Brian stated that I am fully behind.  So many times this year when people were running down what the Lions were doing during the season, other fans brought up injuries to their team as the reason they weren't relevant any longer in 2011/12.  And don't forget to add in the fact that Stafford played with a broken finger part of the season.

Good teams overcome bad calls and injuries to find a way to win.  Now the Lions just need to do some reapir work on the defense, because they sure couldn't overcome that in their final 2 games.

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