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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: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:04 am

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

Maybe the problem in the locker room was LT. Here's a guy who should be a leader. Does not get voted Captain and now he throws his QB, Coach, GM, and WR under the bus. What a classy guy. Does he realize the Jets have to release him now. How can he walk back into that locker room after making those statments in public?  Enjoy your retirement LT.  

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:03 am

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

Well, I have always gotten the feeling that the Coach does not play the game like the players, and that Coach Ryan did a good job of getting the Jets to look at their chances in a more positive manner. I also believe that every National League Football club has the same agenda: to win the SuperBowl.  The reality is that the moment a Head Coach gets up and says it as if it is as good as done, you place a target on the backs of every member of the football team.  It also places additional pressure on the players to play up to the hype.  It is hype when the team fails to achieve the objective proclaimed by, in this case, Head Coach Rex Ryan.  It was NOT hype when former Jet Quarterback Joe Namath (or "Broadway Joe" as most of us remember him by) could make the claim and back it up - against the Baltimore Colts.  The Jets may have internal issues that they have to resolve before they can really and effectively move forward successfully to accomplishing their goal of winning the Super Bowl.  I think that as long as the PLAYERS fail to win the Super Bowl, then Head Coach Rex Ryan will continue to put his foot in his mouth.  I don't know how anyone can sustain the embarrassment of saying something that the rest of the National Football League will ultimately prove to be FALSE.  Maybe Head Coach Tom Coughlin is right: Talk is cheap.  Let the team prove themselves as Super Bowl Champions.  Talk, alone, will not get it done.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:02 am

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

Interesting conversation the crew at CBS had with L.T.  I believe there's more that Tomlinson wanted to let out, but decided it's best to keep it to himself.  And to think that there were animosity between players going back to week 3 or 4 is evident to why the NY Jets were mediocre throughout the season.  Someone in that ball club must make the decision about reorganizing and possibly moving players out, if they want to compete and become relevant in the NFL.  Whether it's the General Manager, Coach Ryan, or players alike, something has got to give.  No way can this same Jets team overcome the scruitny and adversity that they gone through this past season and be consider contenders for 2012-13.  

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:54 am

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

I'd bet that Mike Tomlin is having a good laugh about now. Why do you think that the Steelers got Holmes in the first place?

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:48 am

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

"Their offense is far superior to the Jets and so is their defense with the exception of Revis."

i cant argue much about what you said, the Jets were not as good as i personally thought they were, (we are starting to find out why now) but to say the Giants defense is better is dead wrong the jets were 5th in the league in total defense Giants were 27th thats not close and yes they held the packers down, but rodgers missed on 3 easy td passes and had 8 drops, not taking anything away from the giants they were the better team but the fact is the secondary is still a weakness on this team, comparing the jets and giants defenses its not even close, which speaks volumes as to how bad the jets offense actually was this year being they didnt make the playoffs.

 "The Jets problem is Sanchez.  He can not win games for this team when needed."

i promised myself i wouldnt defend sanchez anymore after his last 4 games but altho i agree the problem was sanchez schotty and the offense, it starts with schotty and sanchez and they were both bad, but to say he cant win games when he needs to is somewhat ignorant being that hes 4-2 in ROAD playoff games in his 3 year career thus far, yes he had a great defense but look at his numbers in the playoffs they are ALOT better than his regular season numbers, he played a big part in more than a couple of those wins.

everybody is quick to point the finger at rex and at sanchez now but the last 2 years you couldnt say much about a 2nd year head coach and a 2nd year qb tallying the 4th playoff win in their careers... they will turn things around as bad as things sound right now i really think a fresh start next year will make all the difference 

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:44 am

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

I'm not hating on the Giants. I'm saying the Giants are doing EXACTLY what the Jets did the last two seasons. The Jets missed the playoffs by one game. So suddenly the whole team sucks and they should fire everbody and the coach??? Stupid. All this hype is stupid. Yes, 8-8 is a mediocre season. But the Jets tackle Tebow on 4th and 20 and they're 9-7 and in the playoffs. Of course there's in-fighting in the locker room. They lost! They didn't make the playoffs! They're pissed! I would be too.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:11 am

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

It's beginning to make sense now. I read an article awhile ago on the coaches players hate to play for. Rex Ryan was in the top 5 and that surprised me at the time because I thought he was a player's coach and all the players loved to play for him. But it looks like the players, or at least a lot of players in the NFL, don't like the atmosphere that's been created in that locker room. This type of stuff doesn't happen overnight, it must have been building for awhile.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:11 am

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

The New York Jets are a complete mess at the moment and it's going to be very interesting to see if Rex Ryan will be able to get the team turned back around and headed in the right direction. There's a lot of coaches that have went down the same loudmouth path and had instant success, but as soon as things started to go south the coach couldn't get the train back on the track.

Maybe those two AFC Championship appearances will be the best Ryan could do with the Jets franchise. I think he's a good football coach and can be a solid NFL head coach for many years, but it may have to come at his next coaching stop if this continues on the road its on. There's no doubt that Ryan would be hired by another NFL team at some point in the future. If Norv Turner can keep getting head coaching jobs then Ryan will have no problems!

Do you really think Peyton Manning would be interested in playing for the Jets? No way he's going to get into this circus and according to Rob Lowe Manning's retiring! LOL! 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:09 am

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

Hopefully......NO changes are made........

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:08 am

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

No... Lawrence Taylor is a crack-head.... LT is a running back.

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