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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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brian8ball
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Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:11 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:02 pm
 

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

I do not believe LT wanted to return so this is his forum to speak the truth. LT is a class act and have always respected his character equally off the field. I feel he was being diplomatic on certain subjects but still very blunt in what he said for the most part. Missing the playoffs was needed to get the house in order and nip the drama before  completely becoming a cancer. Regardless, Sanchez in year 4 is crap or get off the pot time !



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:01 pm
 

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

cueball - stop trolling and trying to spread your bs everywhere. no one is intimidated by your crap and as you see by your other posts we all make fun of you and ignore you unless we feel the need to embarass you, then it normally ends the thread as people become weary of you!


who i am or not a fan of is non of your business and i love how you think you have a clue where i live,,, like i would leave so much as an opening for sick people like you


turn out the lights and go back upstairs, your mother says it nap time now and you cant play with the 486 any longer!     



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:57 pm
 

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

BIG SURPRISE.....What do NYJ fans expect?? You signed two wanna-be-gansta PUNKS.......one, a born PUNK (Holmes), the other PUNK convicted (Buress). Give me a break.....I'm not a GM in the NFL and I fully realize that you have bad apples/attitude problem guys in ANY sport....but when you knowingly bring in that level of "character', there is a risk/reward. This is not rocket science....Jets took some questionable chances, and ususally a more conservative approach is the way top be successful long-term.
AND ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS TUBBY MADE SADTONIO A CAPTAIN!!!!!!



Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:57 pm
 

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

Who cares who the Jets beat in the regular season?? Like many other teams, they were at home when the playoffs started.  Only four teams remain - Patriots being one of them.  Nice guarantee by fat Rex.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:55 pm
 

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

BIG SURPRISE.....What do NYJ fans expect?? You signed two wanna-be-gansta PUNKS.......one, a born PUNK (Holmes), the other PUNK convicted (Buress). Give me a break.....I'm not a GM in the NFL and I fully realize that you have bad apples/attitude problem guys in ANY sport....but when you knowingly bring in that level of "character', there is a risk/reward. This is not rocket science....Jets took some questionable chances, and ususally a more conservative approach is the way top be successful long-term.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:55 pm
 

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

I respect L. T. now more than ever. Their coach and GM are royal jerks. They should try to be more like the Texans and show class in every situation. It's time for the Ryans to get out of football.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:54 pm
 

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

think LT may want to start looking for a new team, and guessing the jets will be sending some others down the road.
You can bet on this. The few Jets that are worth anything will be heading for the exits as soon as they can. You can also expect lots of hamstring pulls and turf toe next season. Nobody wants to play for Tubby after all of this.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:53 pm
 

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

I agree Rex and Buddy Ryan are pretty much the same when it comes to being head coaches, but don't ever try to say they are the same otherwise. Buddy Ryan was the defensive coordinator for two Super Bowl champs and the main reason both teams were champions. He orchestrated the greatest upset in Super Bowl history when the Jets beat the Colts in Super Bowl III and before you say Namath was the reason I will remind you the Jets did not run the one single time in the 2nd half of the game. They threw it all on Ryan and the defense to win the game. Also don't forget one of the greatest defenses of all time the 1986 Bears. Rex can't be compared to Buddy when it comes to coaching defense. However compare the two mouths, in that case, no doubt it is like father like son.


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