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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 27, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:59 am

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

dude... i'm addicted to you... I love reading your posts... they're like a car wreck that you can't turn away from... or kind of like the way I'm mesmerized by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... you know what I mean... the guy speaks and you sit there and think to yourself, "he can't be serious... what the heck is he talking about?"

You insult everyone... you spew venom at any and everyone who dare comment on the jets. If they happen to be a fan of another team and they comment on the jets, you jump to the "troll" insults. I've read your comments directed at others where you jump off the topic and talk about how you take 3 vacations a year and head down some path of insulting people or telling them they're lying if they comment on their wealth, marital status, living arrangements or past life experiences... yet, you expect everyone to believe you when you make claims of the same.

I remember the first post i read, when you were in the 70's in terms of your rating... but, steady as the jets collapse, your rating went down... my thoughts are it's tied directly to your insult laden, rarely fact based, nonsensical ramblings. You're easily riled (sp?) up and that makes you a prime target for others to get your goat. personally, it's good reading, so I enjoy it... but, I do feel fairly sorry for you because I think all of the things I said above, you don't see... you essentially think you're normal and everyone else is off base... it's just a fantastic use case of how message boards and the ability to speak one's mind have created some sort of personality trait where you're just angry at everyone and nobody's opinion is valid and they're not free to comment on any other team then the one(s) they root for.

Thanks again for the good reading... Me and my morning coffee love it.

PS (because you'll probably go this route, so I'll head you off...)
  • 38
  • married
  • 2 kids
  • live in central jersey (monmouth county)
  • modest ranch home on about an acre... 1500 or so square feet
  • not wealthy, but by no means poor (white collar management gig)... i do enough to afford to allow my beautiful wife to be a stay at home mom
  • bachelors degree - small school
  • no college ball experience (unless you count tailgating and gettint drunk?)
  • Yankee hater (obvious reasons - i'm a mets fan    :-(   )
  • Jets hater at one time (simply because of the fans and the brash attitude)... now i feel kind of sorry for them
  • sanchez supporter however... it's not his fault in my opinion
  • not gay (although, to quote Jerry Seinfeld, there's nothing wrong with it) or any other thing that you can insult.

Have a nice day

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:36 am

L.T.: Jets' drama 'as bad as I've been around' LT looks behind at the burning bridge that leads to the NY Jets...

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:05 am

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

Im glad the steelers traded him for a late round draft pick. That pick happened to be Antiono Brown. 

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:02 am
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Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:47 am

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

You people know why this is fine of him saying these things? Plain and simple. He's put in his time and has the right to. When you are a starter...nay, the best of your era, you earn the right to say what's on your mind. Anyone who has played in the league for 10+ years earns the right and benefit of the doubt that what they see and hear is sound in what he tells about the Jets. When Ed Reed talks about Flacco, do we say whatever? No, it's Ed Reed. A man who has earned the right after a decade of football to be able to say what he wants. Mind you, he probably should have waited until after the Pats game...ya know, incase they lose to Brady. Then he should bury his QB. Not before the biggest game of your teams season and you need him to drop 25-30 on the Pats for ya. Point being, Respected, RESPECTED NFL veterans who have never been sideshows should have the benefit of the doubt. Not talking about the Cam Newtons of the world who tell us that "if only my teammates would pick up their play to my level THEN we would succeed". That's what you call the wrong start to an ego driven career. Maybe he should line up with the Jets. Trade Sanchez and 2 first rounders for Cam.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:46 am

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

Let see more of LT. The guy seems pretty stand up on and off the field. 

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:34 am

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

hey brian8ball you should be proud you made number 1 troll on " CBS SPORTLINE TOP TROLL" check it out. Fightclub and Quest were close but u over took them. Good job and keep up the good work, trolls never die  

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:31 am

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

In the upcoming pre-season play Holmes at nose tackle!!

If he gets crippled we don't have to pay him!! 

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:06 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:00 am

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

Played brIefly with LT as a FA during pre season a few yrs back. ---------------------- I, like everyone else, am calling BS on this one. Or did you win a contest and get to play catch with him or something?

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