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

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

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.

Nightmare in New York
“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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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:55 pm

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

the jets are something else. i hope ryan is not talking super bowl. this stuff does not go away over the summer. when a team gets likethis usually what happebs is they get rid of the coach. that is not usually the problem, or the fix, but a new guy comes in and gets rid of all the troublemakers. the rumors are,outthere that they may try to get manning. why in the world would manning want to go to plat for the jets. he has enought money he doesnt have to play. 

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:55 am

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

LT had problems in San Diego's locker room. I remember he said it was a pretty bad scene. LT should be quiet and just play the game. Locker rooms are like Las Vegas....... The problem is the Jet's head coach. He is the center of attention, and the play on the field should e the centerof attention. As fas as Santonio Holmes- if he does not produce, then tdae him, that is what happens in this league. Oh, and Jets: You don't do a soft drink commercial until you actually win something! That was obviously filemd during the season or preseason- DISTRACTION?!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:38 am

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

come back to SD gtta retire in a chargers Jersey.   I'm still anry at the way the Chargers organization had doen you.  Your place in history is set as one of the Greatest RBs if not the greatest RB to ever lace em up.    You've been a class act your entire career and a loyal player.    Wish more players in this league would follow yours example/  To you people complaining about LT are crazy.  He's being honest and should no be lambasted for it.  The jets organiation is in shmbles..Mark Sanchez is not very good and Had holmes played with a better Qb would be posting better umbers.

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:54 pm


I cant belive people on these comments are bad mouthing L.T. instead of santonio holmes. Who oviouslly the Problem as a team Captain, u cant act like a child when things dont go your way. Mark Sanchez is not the awnser he was only good off play action last year. He needs a run game or he has nothing. All I can say is you have the 2nd all time TD scorer in NFL history on ur team and he never see's red zone touches. Then they wonder why they cant score !

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:19 pm

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

   lmao, ha ha. ny, deserves this..

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:02 am

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

This team just cannot stand being out of the spotlight, bunch of attention whremongers who try to offset a failure of a season by stirring up drama to keep them relevant. They haven't been relevant since December. Now focus on the teams that are still in it.

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:49 pm

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

Please fellaz let's not FORGET M. Sanchez really just isn't that GOOD!! I mean S.Holmes has some talent and is known mainly in part from a HUGE SB winning catch, but really how many 1,000 yard seasons has he put up?? Now with a "Manager" type QB, mixing in a bit of Plax, DAMN they got issues and I'm not sure it's something that can be fixed in ONE off-season??!! Rex isnt the Problem, these guys are supposed to be MEN. Rich men and this ALL boils down to them wastin' a top pick in drafting Sanchez. The guy just isn't gonna be a Brady, Brees, Rodgers and won't EVEN match The other dude in NY we all know who that is, but how do they fix this is the next question?? I say start over or at least bring in another option at QB or maybe two....a Rookie and a vet and make it a competition and we'll see what the cali boy got?? I'm thinkin' NOT MUCH!

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:40 pm

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

You are so right my friend. L.T. gots to learn to shut the puck up. He bad mouth the Chargers from the GM, HC, to the OL. Maybe he could be right about A.J. Smith & Norv Turner (nobody wants them now in S.D.) But the OL ? The Chargers have a worst OL this season then when L.T. played his last season with the Chargers. But Ryan Mathews still got over a 1,000 yds this season. I love L.T. proably the greatest Charger ever, but he has no business talking to the media about what goes on in the locker room. Now he threw Rex Ryan & the Jets Management under the bus."NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU" Thats what I was taught. Now he re-opened the wounds in San Diego with these comments. If he wanted to retire in a Chargers' uniform this year he blew big time. Hope he trying to get a job as a commentator on T. V., because like they are saying no team will touch him now. 

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:47 pm

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

Looks like LT is definitely retiring. No other team would pick him up after he shoots his mouth off about the locker room. 

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:20 pm

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

 I think its time to get rid of Ol' Rex and Santonio and bring in some real leaders.

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