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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: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:51 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

I completely agree...I questioned McElroy saying anything because of his position on the team, but he gained respect from me because he wasn't affraid to be a man about it. 

I'm also guessing that sanchez being a "baby" in practice is the reason he looks like he's lost and nervous in the game.

When the rumor first started about the Jets maybe going after Manning a friend sent me a text about it.  I'm not really sure I like it.  True they'd be getting one of the greatest QB's in the history of the game but on the flip side of that there's a TON of risk involved.  Who really knows how well his neck is going to hold up when he starts taking hits.  It will more than likely end up being a trade, with the Jets footing a huge majority of the bill that comes along with Manning.  Then, what do you give up for a guy who hasn't played in a year and could possibly be done with one hard hit? I could be completely wrong about all of this and it could be the best move they can make for a QB.  It just has a lot of question marks that make me uncomfortable giving up draft picks and a big chunk of the salary cap to him.  Don't take this as me hating Manning either, I like the guy, have nothing but respect for him as a player and he seems to be one of the good guys off the field as well.  Too big of a risk in my opinion.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:51 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

I read the story this morning and yes, I don't think everything is credible when players or front office types don't put their name with their comments.
However, I can't see Peyton wanting to join the Jets. First, they can't trade for him because his salary is prohibitive. If Manning is a free agent, I think because of his injury issues he would prefer a warm climate or indoor stadium. And there's always Dan Snyder throwing unlimited bucks.
I often wonder is Sanchez is one of those players who loves what football gives them instead of loving football for what it is. I think that is what separates the men fom the boys. Why some young guys make it and other don't, because I don't think there is much difference in pure physical talents. Its whats in the head and heart that counts. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:50 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

I cant stand annonymous comments. They shouldnt even be reported by newspapers, totally bs, and potentially fabricated.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:48 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Okay, that's it. We tried to make this work for three seasons, but Sanchez has made no improvements, and it now appears that his own team can't work around him. Maybe Sanchez is truly a lazy baby, and maybe he isn't, but if this is how things are perceived in that clubhouse, he has to lose his job.
I must disagree with Brinson about whether or not Peyton would come and play here. Peytons far more intelligent than Brinson and many of his colleagues. He knows what his arrival would do for the Jets, and we all know that, contrary to this kind environment you see here, that the Jets are a great place to be when games are being won. My only doubt, and its' a big one, is whether or not the Colts would simply release their grip on Peyton throughout the whole Luck thing

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:38 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Say what you want about McElroy, but at least he put his name out as to what he was saying........and the locker room ripped him for it saying it should have stayed in house.  It took what, one week?? for things to start coming out from other anonymous sources......but no one to put a name to it or god forbid they face criticism...........

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