It was a tough year and a true disappointment for the New York Jets organization. The Jets, led by their young quarterback, Mark Sanchez never had any momentum throughout the season. To say the least, it was an up and down rollercoaster and it just seemed that the players weren’t always on the same page.
After an embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins in the last game of the season, the New York Jets found themselves outside of the NFL playoff scenario for the first time in three years. The Jets ended their season going 8-8, a record that certainly did not appeal to many fans bleeding the green and white.
So what actually happened at the end of the season?
Regarding the team’s corrupt and divided locker room, it’s one thing when a third-string quarterback [Greg McElroy] publicly speak out, but it’s a whole different ball game when a veteran and a future Hall of Famer confirms it.
On Wednesday night, during Showtime’s “Inside The NFL,” LaDainian Tomlinson was the guest of the show. In trying to understand the main reason for the New York Jets collapse, Tomlinson was asked numerous questions by the panel, which included J.B., Cris Collinsworth, and Warren Sapp.
It was surprising to see LaDainian Tomlinson answer the questions the way he did. The man had come out of his shell, had taken the gloves off, and finally spoke the truth. When asked about the relationship of Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes, LT continued by saying:
“Sigh. It was as bad as I’ve ever been around, LT said.” “Honestly, I’ve been around some locker rooms, quarterback and receiver situations and what not, but it’s as bad as I’ve been around. 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.”
Finally, a veteran who has some guts speaks the truth. How many times have we seen coach Rex Ryan sweep this under the rug? Way too many instances if you ask me. The fact that Ryan couldn’t control his team in the end is a bit troublesome. The New York Jets tend to give the impression of being loud and confident, but if the team doesn’t preach the same attitude inside the locker room, then to me, it’s no longer a sign of dominance, it’s just a lame excuse to get people’s attention.
What do we take away from this?
LaDainian Tomlinson probably won’t be coming back to New York, which would explain the reason for his comments. After all, LT had already confirmed that he was opposed to accepting a veteran’s minimum salary. There were rumors that Tomlinson wanted to play one more year and retire with the San Diego Chargers. That would certainly be a good send off for LT. It’s either that or playing for the New York Jets and who the heck wants to do that?
Jets owner Woody Johnson has already confirmed that star wide receiver, Santonio Holmes will return. In many ways, Holmes could be the reason for the disease so it’s crucial that the organization makes the right decision.
Here’s one more thing to think about. Woody Johnson has also said that he supports Mark Sanchez, but will not rule out a veteran, such as Peyton Manning. With the Indianapolis Colts’ organization burning in flames combined with the Jets front office’s history in the free agent market, something tells me that it will be an off-season to remember for the New York Jets.
What do you think? Will the New York Jets stabilize their locker room by the start of next season or should they part ways with the slow-developing quarterback in Mark Sanchez?
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