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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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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:11 pm
 

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

There is a reason Burress and Holmes never got big contracts even after performing well in Pittsburgh and the attitude thats lead to these anonymous comments are it. If they hadn't been around Hines Ward while they were here it would have been worse. Tremendous talent, but a lot of baggage.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:56 pm
 

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

Success has a thousand fathers, failure is often an orphan.

If the Jets had made the playoff all this recrimination could have been avoided. These players cqn blame each other, but about the time of the  start of training season,they better become a team.  




Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:18 pm
 

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

Well, at least Greg Mc was around a class locker room for 4 years and around a guy who always runs a class operation.  Greg would know how a team is supposed to compose themselves on and off of the field.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:00 pm
 

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

It is obvious that Santonio Holmes, ex-ohio player is the problem. Im sure he was the coward that went blabbing to media without a name. A guy with his talent being released after winning the SB for the Steelers has to have some major "me" issues. Cant blame him coming from a situation like ohio provided. The free cars, tats, weed, etc...only enabled this guy. A cancer would best describe ex ohio guy, Santonio Holmes.




Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:51 pm
 

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

And Yes, if you are a player, that makes a difference.



No it doesn't. Greg was on that team, a part of that team. He was in the locker room and at practice almost every day. He has every right to speak his mind.Maybe LT is part of the problem.

LT has a history of whining, Greg does not.


gb2



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:31 pm
 

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

@GOLFNBEER2 --- Looks like the rookie Greg McIlroy was right on the money....but he got called out for being honest. Now LT says pretty much the exact same thing, and he gets a piece on HBO..........

Either way, LT is still a whiney little bitch.


gb2

I definitely won't/don't disagree with your point but you failed to mention one small little thing... LT is a future HOFer and McIlroy has never played - and may never play - a single down in the NFL.

And Yes, if you are a player, that makes a difference.






Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:44 am
 

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

Looks like the rookie Greg McIlroy was right on the money....but he got called out for being honest. Now LT says pretty much the exact same thing, and he gets a piece on HBO..........

Either way, LT is still a whiney little bitch.


gb2



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:23 am
 

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

I don't think this is much of a surprise, that the Jet's locker room and players are at each others throats and imploding. It starts with the midset of the head coach, the trash talking and constant cursing and what did you expect? Throw in several multi-millionaire players with gigantic egos in the New York area and it seems like a recipe for disaster and it is showing on the field.



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:14 am
 

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

@sox - LT wasn't coming back anyway.  He's in the twilight of his career and wants to go to a team that has a chance in winning the Super Bowl.  I figured he was going to leave before this interview.

Also, he's just stating facts.  Everybody knows how Rex Ryan, the GM and the rest of the organization are.  He said Sanchez was pampered by not having competiton but also stated that he thinks Sanchez has what it takes to be a winner.  LT is, ans has always been a classy guy.  To say otherwise just makes you look like a bitter Jets fan.  



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:13 am
 

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

I think it is pretty clear that the player attitudes and egos are the issue here, but the PROBLEM is lack of control by the administration and coaches. These players are on someone's payroll - they get paid to play and coaches get paid to coach - when this relationship is broken down, you must be held accountable for your role in the whole! I agree that letting this all out of the locker room is not always the best solution, but this is a cluster F and the administration is ultimately responsible for the product on the field representing their organization. Where's the owner at in all of this?


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