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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: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:06 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton


First let me say I Love NY...

BUT, It will NEVER Happen...

Payton has way to much CLASS and PROFESSIONALISM to play for the Loud Mouth-Classless Toe-Sucking Ryan...

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:05 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Before doing anything too crazy, why not trade for Jason Campbell.. give him some competition and see what shakes out.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:05 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

I do not know how many of you played ball or not but this stuff going on with the Jets is crazy.  I was the QB everywhere I played, the leader and a captain, there was never a player that would get away with derogatory comments or being lazy on our team, and nobody else would ever know if someone was jumped on for it, it was kept private and in house.  These players speaking out on the Jets shows several things; First it shows Rex Ryan has no control over these players, that means he has failed as a coach and needs to be replaced; secondly it shows that among the players there is not a leader, a leader would not take the matter public and no one would go public with this stuff if there was a leader there, plus there would be no need for them to call out any player because the leader would have allready made sure the coach and the player were aware that the players did not think the player was trying; third it shows the Jets also need a new GM for allowing all this to go on.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:03 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Sanchez may stink, but lazy? Mexicans and the hardest workers out there. You should see the bunch that work in my yard.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:58 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

The NY Jets are a TOTAL mess right now.  They have a horrible mix of players, they have brought in old malcontents like Burress who only make things worse.  Rex Ryans act has worn very thin and the team can`t back up his boasts.

This team needs to be blown up, keep the younger hungry guys and start over.  Too many whiners.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:58 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Maybe the team just isn't that good.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:55 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

I'm confused, it took his teammates this long to realize he wasn't a good QB?  I'm not going to his practices and I saw it about 3 years ago.  Wasn't it apparant even during their SB run that the offense was designed to have Sanchez do AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE?  Didn't the players already see this?  

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:53 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

So Sanchez is lazy in practice and no one think that Rex Ryan has something to do with this. Rex is always saying he is our guy hes the man Rex created the Sanchez and his ego. If he is lazy in practice than the captains should have said something to him as well as the Vetrans and the Heard coach.

Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:53 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Players are very brave when they can remain anonymous !!!!! And journalist loves controversy but they should'nt write when a players elect to talk  ''off the record ''.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:52 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

2 Mannings in New York? (Much more interesting than name calling Sanchez.)

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