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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 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:09 pm
 

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

LT never played in hs or college?  Are you a complete moron?  He played at TCU!!!! Wow.



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:52 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:49 pm
 

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

LT has had an average career???? Get serious brian8ball.



You have to understand that brianna8ball is one of those blind fans that only supports those who he thinks contributes to the Jets success.  Everyone else is a terrible football player like Ray Lewis, Tom Brady and Calvin Johnson.  He still thinks Rex Ryan is the best coach in the NFL and Mark Sanchez is stop 10 QB!!!  Oh and he also thinks the Jets are still the best team in the NFL...


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Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:49 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:47 pm
 

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

Good between the 20's

Yeah, cause lots of guys score 145 rushing TDs in this league.  Sprinkle in the 17 receiving TDs and is enough for 3rd all time.


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Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:46 pm
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Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:45 pm
 

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

I've always liked LT. But after reading this I'd say add him to the list of Jets players and coaches that should just shut up already.  It's a no brainer that Rome is burning in that locker room, and that this team needs some major soul searching at all levels. But to keep on talking about it, to keep pointing fingers and take sides by anyone is ludicrous. They should all go on a long vacation together, perhaps a cruise on the next ship that'll topple over or somethin'.


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Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:44 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:43 pm
 

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

LT has had an average career???? Get serious brian8ball. He may be speaking out of turn but at least it is out in the open and based on the other reports appears to be pretty accurate. I am sure Rex has some good qualities but his constant outbursts and just annoying behavior is just over the top and totally immature. At a certain point he has just become a buffoon and it has obviously affected the team. He is not a player, he is supposedly the leader of young men who are basically immature themselves and they need leadership. His I am what I am is a cop out. Leaders lead and they adjust and grow. This team has just imploded and their arrogance and of the coach won't let them see the mistakes and make the necessary changes in attitude and work ethic. As fans, Jets fans probably don't recognize it but the team has become a joke around the rest of the league. L.T. Is a class act. Not a perfect human being but certainly the adult in the room. A smart coach would listen. To bad Ryan isn't smart enough to overcome his personality and to bad for the team that he leads. If Management wants to fix things they need to make a change at the top. Ryan has lost this team



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:42 pm
 

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

Drama doesnt stop you from winning championships and playing good ball. Go see the Yankees of Reggie " Im the straw that stirs the drink " Jackson and Thurmon Munson. Lots of drama ... ... but also lots and lots of wins. What the Jets need are better players at a lot of positions with L.T.s being one of them at RB. Already a new Offensive Co-ordinator is in and there will be a LOT more changes. I dont care about the drama .... just give me players that excel at what their suppossed to do and the wins will come. Talent overcomes Drama.


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