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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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Comments

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:35 pm
 

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

Is there a bigger laughing stock of a team than the New York Jets!!!  It must suck to be a fan of this organization.  Failure after failure and still they believe they're going to win the Super Bowl every year!!!




Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:32 pm
 

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

8ball newsflash the whole Jets organization is classless. And that last rant was directed at you.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:32 pm
 

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

Unlike all those championships LT won in SanDiego



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:29 pm
 

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

LT class act everywhere he's been inc college, Ryan hasn't accomplished squat except run his big fat mouth. I'll side with L.T. on this one!



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:28 pm
 

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

Good between the 20's???




Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:25 pm
 

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

Typical bitter Jets fan. 1st off hold on to that win last year as long as you can. Its the only positive the Jets have had in 10 years as the Patriots have been dominating you're loudmouth excrutiatingly underacheiving group of thugs you call a team. The Jets will never have a fraction of of the commitment to being a TEAM as the Patriots do. It must kill you that NE does it the right way and its the reason they win year after year with no name guys. The complete anti-JET way. They didnt even make the playoffs!  How can you talk any amount of sh%t  with that piss poor season they put together. The difference between Jets fans and Pats fans is that when NY loses you idiots are non critical and try to defend them losing. When the Pats have lost the couple of times this past decade NE fans demand answers. The jealousy is unbelievable with you Jets fans. Face it   until Brady and Bellichick are gone the Jets will always be just a mediocre 2nd best. Oh and congrats again on the 2 AFC Champ Game appearances. Make a plaque of those or somethin. The Patriots will be shining the 3 Big trophys. Soon to be 4.  



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:23 pm
 

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

LT handled this issue like a true professional.  He didn't shoot his mouth during the season, didn't call out his teammates, and waited till the season was over (and most likely a tremendous career) to answer some tough questions.  The man has nothing but class, and said what all of us already know:  The Jets are a very talented but undiscliplined team, with a lack of unity.  Management indeed does have some tough decisions.  Rex Ryan got what he deserved naming Santonio Holmes his captain, which is one of his greater problems.  The Jets have problems, and LT simply answered these questions accurately and honestly. 



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:22 pm
 

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

An average career? haha tell me you are joking.  Top 5 running back of ALL TIME.  ALL TIME.  Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, Emmit Smith, Walter Peyton and LT.  Not in any particular order.  average career.  ridiculous 



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:21 pm
 

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

LT's good...between the 20's



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:18 pm
 

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

I agree that LT isn't necessarily the "classy guy" that he self described himself as, but to say he has had an average career is a joke!!! He is a first ballot hall of gamer without a doubt


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