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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:05 pm
 

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

ok J E T S - so the dust has barely settled from the last drama and her comes another one.... there is no way anyone even the jet fans believe this is all LT and mcElroy and if so i am guessing Santa left you some nice gifts this year
 i love this part of the story ... 

  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.”


so when does ownership and fans finally believe what they are being told? LT was actually somewhat complimentary of dirty sanchez and seems that the problems lyes(spelled that way for effect) with sexy rexy  


the reality is - all the players got tired of BIG FAT DOUGHNUT EATING FOOT FETISH REX eating all the pregame meal and leaving nothing for anyone else!  



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:57 pm
 

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

LT - one of the best all-round backs ever in the NFL - check out his stats (running/recieving/passing).  Talker yes - Sulker yes, but the Cat was let out of the bag when the leaks came out of the J-E-T-S locker room about Sanchez being lazy - now traced back to Holmes and the king of no class Plaxico.  Funny that both WRs played for the Steelers and both were sent packing.<br /><br />As for LT - maybe it's time to hang it up, maybe he's got a little left - but if he wants to come back to San Diego, and can make the team, he will be openly accepted by the Charger fans.<br /><br />We still love you LT - but this is River's team now - so you're welcome back, but no trash talking, no sulking!




Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:51 pm
 

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

'I keep saying Rex is an exact replica of his father Buddy and that type of coaching style has a three to four year window. That’s it, three to four years, after that the wheels begin to wobble and eventually fall off.'

In some cases the honeymoon doesn't even last that long. See Billy Martin or in basketball, Bill Fitch back in days of yore. In the short term, no-one can beat these guys for turning things round, especially with a young team, but all the head games and whatnot get tiresome. In a big hurry, as you say. Others get tired of having it thrown in their faces all the time how great someone is, even (or maybe especially when) it's true.

 




Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:46 pm
 

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

If the Patriots win the SB, the foxborough opener needs to be against the Jets. I want Ryan to see the banner be raised and the stadium to chant, "Kiss these rings"!!!



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:45 pm
 

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

The Jets had a bad season and STILL finished 9-7
8 and 8, chief.  Maybe not a "bad" season, but a mediocre one.

 The Jets are fine. Rex Ryan is fine. Sanchez is fine

You sound like Rex Ryan after every loss.  "We'll be fine."  No, they won't be, as long as Loudy McLoudmouth is still the coach.

The Giants couldn't beat a team with a winning record this year, snuck into the playoffs at 9-7, got a bunny wildcard game and then pulled off a solid stunner against Green Bay. Now they're a game away from the Super Bowl and everybody's talking about them like they're an elite team.

This is pretty funny.  You're talking bad about the Giants for doing basically what the Jets had done the previous two years - stumbling bass-ackwards into the playoffs, then playing hot for two weeks, upsetting a couple of better teams along the way.  Lots of people believed the Jets were "elite" then, too, didn't they?

They [the jets] were one win away from making the playoffs and potentially making another run.

As I said, you're calling the Giants out for doing the same thing the Jets did.  It didn't work out for the Jets this year, almost entirely because they couldn't beat two teams: the Broncos and the Giants.  It's not going to be a "fine" season next year, either.  Rex will be fired after they fail to make the playoffs again.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:40 pm
 

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

LT is far from a class act


Redskins, sure he is. He says so himself.

Watch this gem: 

0:44

 

 



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:33 pm
 

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

Jets were 8-8 not 9-7.



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:29 pm
 

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

The Jets are alright?  That's a joke.  When LT comes out and says that is was a mess, then it's a fact.  The Giants played the Falcons in the first round - are you saying they are a run over team?  Give me a break - they have one of the best offenses in the NFL.  Giants are healthy, well coached, and determined - that is a recipe for success in the NFL.  The same success that got Eli his first ring a couple of years ago.  The Giants play with a chip on their shoulders b/c they are ALWAYS the underdogs - and if the Patriots aren't careful, it will cost them another Superbowl Title.  Giants have a tough task in the Niners, but I think they are well rounded enough to beat them.  I love Giant haters - They are the Ravens of the NFC - as balanced as it gets - how can you hate on that?  Solid at Offense and Defense - the perfect NFL team.  The Jets do everything WRONG and still people believe they are great.  That is rediculous!  The Jets are wasting time - they are as talented a team as anyone in the NFL - just gotta figure out how to put it together.  Until they do, they will always be the team that almost snuck in the playoffs.  Giants beat the best team in the NFL in the Packers, please don't act like it was an accident.

Cgram   



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:29 pm
 

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

Woody!  You are still not listening!!  Burn it all down and rebuild from scratch........



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:26 pm
 

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

This is why Rex Ryan will never win a Super Bowl and why his dad never did. Excitable loudmouths screw  up their teams and steady leaders like Lombardi, Parcells, Belichick, Walsh and Coughlin win.



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