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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: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:51 pm
 

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

Remember Rex's Dad  - Buddy  - good old bombastic - in your face Buddy. He was a great Defensive coach - one of the best - but as a head coach he was just a bit short of the "total package"  - seemed to be the kind taht could have a great initial impact  - really look like he was rapidly turnning the team around ... but then  his act would get old and  then evenentually it appeared that he had lost the locker room.  Appears that Rex is much like his dad .....



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:51 pm
 

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

I highly doubt that LT will be back here in San Diego considering the fact that he threw his team under the bus as soon as he was let go Also earlier this season when Rivers fumbled the snap against the Chiefs LT made a comment and AJ had a comeback about LT no longer being her and no longer being the guy in the nfl. LT is a two faced player and it's all showing all over again with him talking about the Jets when its not his place.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:51 pm
 

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

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.
This says it all right here. Tubby Kotite + 50 lbs created the Jet Circus. Is this a suprise??? Tubby's cover is blown. Schottenheimer was fired and magically found an NFL OC job in a week. Tubby made Sadtonio and Sadchize captains and then took away their stripes. Tubby alluded that Sadchize may be the problem. This team is a hysterical laughingstock with Tubby claiming championships in preseason and failing miserably to even come close. Next years predeiction 3-13 last place. And Tubby claimed that the Jets are the #1 football team in new york????? 



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Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:50 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:33 pm
 

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

after watching the interview seems like LT ws being very cautious but very clearly was throwing some wide receiver under the bus!


 think LT may want to start looking for a new team, and guessing the jets will be sending some others down the road. 



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:23 pm
 

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

Don't worry - Chaz Bono thinks they're going to win the Super Bowl.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:15 pm
 

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

earlier post said that Holmes and Plastic Buress were the ones who spoke out last time ... any credence to that? i didnt see it anywhere was it ever confirmed?



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:11 pm
 

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

You have a coach who is incredibly emotional and always has his team on a rolelr coaster, then you have people like LT who himself is a diva, you have Bart Scott, another one who isn't exactly a rock of steadiness, same for Santonio Holmes too.
You have lots of egos, no one controlling anything so of course there's going to be drama.
Tannenbaum needs to get a hold of this team, he needs to also get Ryan on the same page and he needs to get a hold of the team and do it right away, i'm not surprised he hasn't yet or that Tannenbaum hasn't yet.
They need to do it NOW or else this will just fester and get worse, they need to make some big changes and if they want Sanchez as their QB of the future they need to come out and say he is their QB OR try to trade him by draft day to stockpile picks and yes I believe you can still get a great deal for him too.
If they don't come out and support him and let him hang there then it's going to endanger next season as well which I couldn't care less about since i'm a Pats fan but as a football fan I think they need to get a hold of it now and steady the franchise otherwise it'll be a VERY long year for Jets fans.
Oh and while we're at it, dump LT, he's past his prime, he's a complete diva AND let's also not forget that ANYTIME the Chargers were in a big game, at crunch time he was miraculously "injured" on the sideline sitting on the bench, helmet on and sulking so he more tha anyone knows about diva egos and being a pouty baby. 



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:06 pm
 

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

The way the Bears' front office seems to be devoid of intelligence, I bet they replace Roy Williams with San Antonio Holmes. 


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