Former Jets right tackle Damien Woody, now an analyst for ESPN, was asked about the report when he came to the Giants' complex Wednesday to cover that team, which is still alive in the playoffs.
Sanchez "needs to pick up his play," Woody told reporters outside the Giants' practice facility. "I wouldn't call him lazy, but I do think there are certain things about Mark and the organization that need to change. I think the organization does baby him, and they definitely need to bring in a viable backup ... to really provide that competition. With competition, either you're going to rise or you're going to just crumble.
"You bring in a viable backup and just let it play out, and we'll see which Mark Sanchez shows up after that."
As for the unnamed players, Woody said, "I think when you go 8-8 and miss the playoffs, and you have an open policy to allow your players to speak their minds, this is what happens. I'm not saying Rex (Ryan's) position is wrong, but this is the flip side. When you have success, it's great, but when it's not going well, this is what happens. Now you're seeing the ugly side to it.
Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold responded to the story on Twitter by calling it false and saying the unnamed sources should "man up and put your name to it."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think that's bad. I really do. My whole thing is I have something to get off my chest, I'm going to go right to the source, right to the guy and really express that. I think when you get into taking these types of shots at a guy through the media, and you're scared to put your name on it, that just speaks badly of your character as a player." -- Former Jets right tackle Damien Woody, talking about Jets players making anonymous comments about quarterback Mark Sanchez.
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