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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 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:51 am

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

THE JETS were 8-8 dude. And the Giants beat the Pats - who I believe had a winning record - get your facts straight!

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:49 am

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

You mean he'll never be a child rapist Memphis Murder? I'm ok with that.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:46 am

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

I'm going to have to disagree with you on the Giants.  They may have struggled most of the year but they won the games they needed to win to get into the playoffs.  Their offense is far superior to the Jets and so is their defense with the exception of Revis.  The Giants will be the 49ers and probably will win the super bowl.  They are hot right now and they are healthy.  That defensive line is scary.  The Jets problem is Sanchez.  He can not win games for this team when needed.  They rely on their defense and I just think they are overrated.  Jets will not win with Sanchez as the starter.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:42 am

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

Get rid of that bloated, gas filled, crap swewing joke of a coach Rex Ryan, and things would be remarkebly better.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:22 am

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

Quit referring to this guy as L.T.  Lawrence Taylor earned that distinction when Ladanian was still wearing diapers.  Ladanian's star burned out years ago.  He was an excellent running back, but he will never be L.T.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:17 am

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

Tannenbaum is a salary cap geek masquerading as a GM.  Ryan is a low class thug just like his dad was and Woody is a spoon fed billionaire diletante who is desperate for attention.  He needs to sell PSLs and wants same attention that Jones and Kraft have so he turned the franchise into a freak show.  Now the chickens have come home to roost.  This will get much much worse before it gets better.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:01 am

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. 

Didn't the Patriots end up with a winning record? Didn't the Giants beat the Jets preventing them from having a winning record? Didn't the Giants beat the Cowboys twice, keeping them from having a winning record? Do some thinking before you post next time!

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:43 am

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

p621... great post and amazing how so many of us feel the same sentiment but mostly just avoid him now! keep up the great posts 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:31 am

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

WWOOOOOOWWWWWW i respected Tomlinson before, but that respects shot thru the roof now. That, i think, is the most honest critique by a player of their own team i think i have EVER heard in my life, in any sport.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:05 am

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

Yet another shot into the hull of the flaming fireball that is the Jets. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence could or should have seen this coming a mile away. When you have a unchecked, pampered, out of touch athletes who are given free reign to do as they please it is a dysfunctional cocktail. You know there was a large percentage of the locker room that felt alienated by all the bragging nonsense and immature behavior. All this "we love playin for Rex," nonsense, was just that, nonsense. What those people were really saying was, "we love getting away with the stuff Rex lets us get away with." That is not a way to motivate people , particularly those with questionable intelligence and character. Having reaped what they've sown, the Jets must figure out whether they want to continue to be the Raiders East or forge a new, identity built on hard work and humility, like some of the other teams who are still playing this weekend. I doubt this leadership team can do it, but it'll be fun to watch.

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