Driving into work this morning, I like to listen to Mike and Mike on ESPN and Herm Edwards was with the guys talking about the Jets, specifically some quotes three prominent players said about Mark Sanchez.
Greeney quoted Manish Mehta’s article (and no Mike, you didn’t say his name correctly) in an article where Manish blows the covers off on how the players really feel.
“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” said one player. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”
“Come on. That’s a no-brainer,” a Jets source said. “If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”
“We already have his coach — Tom Moore,” one well-respected player said. “Plus, he’s a field general and will get everyone lined up. He will get his playmakers the ball. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton.”
“How can we when he’s not improving at all?” one of Sanchez’s teammates said. “He thinks he is, but he’s not. He has shown us what he’s capable of.”
“At one point, he was looking at the (pass) rush and wasn’t seeing the receivers,” a team source said. “I think that’s a lack of confidence in what we’re doing. I think that’s a lack of confidence in how we’re protecting him… When you get hit the way that he got hit, there were some quarterbacks that wouldn’t have made it through the season.”
Let’s set the record straight first on how I feel about Mark Sanchez. I’m disappointed with how he played this year. I am not protecting, apologizing or making excuses for his play!
I truly believe these quotes as fact as I’m not in the locker room and these quotes are coming from prominent players. What they say above is probably true. I don’t have an issue with what they said, my issue comes clearly from how they did it. Anonymously.
I knew the Jets were a mess, but guess what? They are a BIG TIME MESS! Why on earth would you go to the media and say these quotes. True or not, like I said about Greg McElroy, you air out your dirty laundry behind closed doors.
Let’s be clear here! I can see how Mark regressed, just look at his confidence and his body language, it’s shot. But you don’t lay your guy out anonymously!! As Herm Edward said this morning on the Mike and Mike show: “PUT YOUR NAME ON IT!” What a cowardly act. I know many people were upset at McElroy for talking about about the locker room, but I have way more respect for him because he owned it. He’s the ONLY JET (other than LT, who may not be a Jet for long) who owned their comments.
Your true character comes out when things are going very wrong and times are tough and it’s definitely coming out with the Jets now. I don’t like what I see with this team. I’m very disappointed that we may not have enough quality guys. I’m not condemning every player on the team, as that wouldn’t be fair. If you are a player and happen to be reading this, you will know which side of the line you stand. If you happen to be “the guy” who has a mouth without a name, look in the mirror.
“Character is the firm foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.”
Again to quote the M&M show this morning, “The Jets look very small”. So is this a culture that was set from Rex Ryan? If it is and he’s not willing to change, we will not see any improvement unless you throw guys under the bus and leave them with the trash. That is one way to win, but as a fan, I am not pleased at all.