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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: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:24 pm

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

Go back to San Diego, LT, and be the 3rd down back.  Tolbert is a FA, might lose him.  I hope not but it's possible.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:04 pm

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

All a bunch of media sensationalism. The Jets had a bad season and STILL finished 9-7. 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.
The Jets are fine. Rex Ryan is fine. Sanchez is fine. They need to address a pass rusher and a right tackle. They were one win away from making the playoffs and potentially making another run.
Calm down.
What a joke. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:40 pm

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

LT is far from a class act. Remember the playoff against the Pats when Rivers was playing on a bum knee giving it 100% and what was LT doing. He was on the sideline helmet on visor down sulking and being a little bitch. Then the following year when he refused to shake hands after the playoffs, where he just raced off the field. This is how a class act acts. I don't think so. If you think LT is a class act, you don't know nothing about football. So do not mention LT and class act in the same sentence. Learn football

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:38 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.

Ryan tenure with the Jets has played out, unless the Jets want to do a complete roster overhaul and give Rex a new group of players.

Buddy did the same thing in Philly and it eventually went south. The Ryan style of coaching is more suited for a coordinators position.

Unless the Jets want to lose key players, both mentally and physically, the only exit strategy is to remove Ryan.

It’s only going to get worse.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:35 pm

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

HAHA.  This just emphasizes how big of a joke the Jets organization is!!!

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:26 pm

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

Maybe "Hard Knocks" influenced this...

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:25 pm

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

Why hadn't the team asked L.T. to be the team leader as opposed to Holmes?? Makes you think.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:22 pm

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

LT has always been a class act. Something that any Ryan has never been accused of. The problem with the locker room is that they take their lead from the Head Coach. Ryan can't keep his fat mouth shut. Predicting this and that, commenting on things that he shouldn't be commenting on. Oh, by the way, if you think that Sanchez is a franchise QB, you don't know anything about football. In 3 years he hasn't gotten any better. He completes 56% of his passes. Everytime he plays a good team, he plays like crap. Unless the defense has given him a big lead. A QB with the weapons that he's got should be completing 60-65% of his passes. And do you see him after a loss? He looks like a kid who had his lunchmoney taken.
If it looks like a loser and quacks like a loser, it must be Mark Sanchez!

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:13 pm

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

 Gotta love it. This was predictable what did thay think was gonna happen when they put this group of retards together.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:01 pm

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

Who's the one that keeps talking?  So far as I can tell, it's Tomlinson.  That being the case, I find it somewhat difficult to take him seriously.  I'm beginning to think these are all delusions that he's suffering from personally, and don't have a damn thing to do with the Jets' situation at all.

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