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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: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:12 am

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

Sox, I can tell by your logo and your name that you are Boston through and through, and most likely an anti-NY everything including being a Jets hater and Yankee hater. Your insinuation that the problem in locker room was LTs fault is flat out ignorant, and saying that the Jets have to release him now is moronic.

LT is widely recognized by many as the greatest football player to ever put on spikes.  Although he is past his prime now, he has always been a CLASS ACT on and off the field. In a league filled with thugs and criminals, where many of the "stars" are plagued with troubles, LT has stood tall high above the rest; both with his play, and with his character.

The problem with the Jets is not LT's fault. If you listened to him in the video or actually read the transcript you would probably realize what he is saying is that the Jets problems are with the leadership~ ie the coaches and the captains. He is saying that the Jets team culture has been fostered by the coaches to be brash, arrogant, and "say whatever you want just back it up on the field". That type of mentality works, as long as you back it up. When you dont, the trash talking can turn inwards into finger pointing, which is what happened with the Jets. When you have a QB who nicknames himself "The Sanchize" and then puts up Tebow like numbers, what do you expect?

To his credit, LT isnt even trashing Sanchez, although he probably should.... LT said that Sanchez isnt lazy, he just doesnt have all of the pieces that he needs around him to be successful. 
Again, the right thing to say, by an all around quality guy.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:06 am

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

I think the commonly held opinion is that Holmes is just a selfish and immature punk. The problem now is the Jets have given this tool so much guaranteed money; they can't afford to get rid of him without taking a major financial hit.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:53 am

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


Brian8ball, sorry... but this distinction is reserved fot the NY Jets. I think that most on this board will agree.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:50 am

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

Probably why Steelers let Holmes go so cheap.

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:47 am

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

LT just publicly insulted his QB,Coach, GM, and WR not me. He said the coach is wrong to talk superbowl not me. He said his QB is pampered. The comments LT just made will cause further problems for the Jets organization. I gaurentee LT is released by draft day. I classy guy does not make these comments. I classy guy keeps it in house and works hard to fix it. LT is clearly part of the problem not the solution. I did not say the Jets collapse was ALL LT's fault. I am saying the comments he just made will cause further problems for the organization. 

The New York media will play LT's sound bite over and over again which will hurt the team. LT is speaking the truth but you don't do that publicly.   

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:46 am

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

Veterans should speak out on these issues.  AT least LT put a name to the comments unlike a few of the other spinless losers in that locker room.  I just wish he had come out in week 4 or 6 when all of this could have been salvaged.  And I would agree that LT has played his last game for the Jets as well.  When you pay these guys the money they get, they should be accountable and if the coaches cannot control the team, then they need to be accountable as well.  The Jets have a lot of talent and not much else to show for it this year.  If the braintrust does not think Sanchez can get it done then trade him and start over.  It is now apparant that next year the Jets will go back to the Ground and Pound offense and players like Holmes, Burris, and LT may not have a large role in what it takes to get back into the playoffs.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:44 am

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

Rex is using a coaching style that is no longer effective in this day and age of high priced self promoting commerical athletes. Most of todays athletes seem to be more concerned with self promotion, and getting their face in the media, news and on TV than actually playing the game that has made them wealthy and in some cases famous.

Sports stars who have their own reality shows and whatnot is just bad for the game, egos are running amoke and it is killing sports. If I want to be entertained by something other than sports than I will watch actual actors who do that for a living, I don't want to watch TV shows with sports stars as the main character just like I don't want to see actors playing pro sports.

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:44 am

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

    If LT was the problem, then someone on the team can approach him. Also, this is what captains do. When guys are in the locker room wining like babies, someone has to say something and make guys accountable. At least he didn't hide behind " a good source". 

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:43 am

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

@Sox....this was a problem before LT!  LT has the balls to put his name on it, where are the other players who spoke out...oh yeah, they tweeted.

Who doesn't know the Jets are a dsyfunctional team??

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:18 am

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

sox, u couldnt be more wrong than wrongy wrongerson. leme get this straight....u think the jets collaspe is all LT's fault? REALLY? LT is a class act and hardly a problem this season or his ENTIRE career. gotta be 1 of the most thoughtless comments ive seen on cbssportsline in a very long time.

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