Hello Mr. Anonymous Jets player. We haven’t seen you since last season. I thought Rex Ryan banished you from the team’s locker room but obvioulsy you have taken a new form and have set your sights on the same position, QB, but different player, Tebow instead of Sanchez.
I woke up this morning to an article that was written by Manish Mehta from the Daily News and boy did it ever stir up the hornets nest in Jets Nation, at least on Twitter.
The prevailing thought in the organization is that Tebow is nothing more than a gimmick.
“He’s terrible,” a defensive starter told the Daily News.
The article is under attack because people are fed up with these stories from Manish with no sources that will give their name to the most vicious comments. The only player to give his name to his quotes was guard Matt Slauson.
Left guard Matt Slauson, who has repeatedly supported Sanchez, made it clear that the fourth-year signal caller is the Jets’ best quarterback.“It’s not even close,” Slauson said. “All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice.”
When asked about the team’s two other quarterbacks on the depth chart as possible alternatives — Tebow and Greg McElroy — Slauson clarified that the Jets really have only one other quarterback.
“We have Greg . . . and we have an athlete,” Slauson said.
But could the Jets win with Tebow as the No. 1 quarterback?
“Do I have to answer that question?” a veteran starter said, shaking his head.
This is an organization that can’t get out of it’s own way on and again off the field. Feel any way you want about Tim Tebow, but you NEVER say these things to the press and especially UNDER the curtain of an anonymous source. It’s just plain cowardly.
I asked former Jets Safety Victor Green his thoughts on what the players said and how they said it:
2 th #jets plyers tht ripped Tebow Don’t divide locker rm Th team hv enough issues 2 bring mor attention 2 urselves only hurt th team #NFL11/14/12 8:34 AM
T_Woodbury11@e_man personally nah you don’t that’s a punk move but I’m my own man I can speak for others
11/14/12 8:19 AM
Look what I wrote back in March of this year. It STILL APPLIES and I guess they didn’t take my advice:
Not only will he (Tebow) be the lighting rod for this team this year, he’ll take all the attention off of you, the anonymous player. Get used to it. I personally would take it as a blessing. The pressure is off of you and clearly on Mark, Tim and the front office to prove to the world that this wasn’t a mistake. I understand now why these anonymous players are annoyed. Their egos are too large for their britches.
One can say that this over-saturation of the name Tim Tebow is too much just a couple of days in, but it is only going to get worse. I am more annoyed with hearing about “anonymous” so called Jets players than I am about the polarizing coverage of Tim. Hey anonymous, you come across as a big baby who is throwing a tantrum and not getting your way. Stop it already.
I’m not telling you to like it. I’m simply saying keep it in house or keep it to yourself and let your playing do the talking for you. You now live in a circus. Complaining about it and talking to the press anonymously won’t help anything. It will only invite more chaos in. Do your job, take care of your business and keep your business in-house. If you can follow that simple rule, it will go a long way to making the Jets look unified. If you cannot keep your mouth shut, I wish you would turn in your playbook and go to the arena league.
Man I hate being right.
Who’s to Blame?
Personally I believe that the leadership starts from the top and anyone in a “leadership position” is to blame. The prominent member of the organization that said those quotes in the article should be fired immediately to start.
How can you NOT put this blame on Rex Ryan. He is the leader of the locker room. It’s his team. When a player just days prior say that Rex has the pulse of the team and they are unified only to wake up and see this, I have to laugh. No I have to be pissed. Rex has no clue what the pulse of the team is. If he does, he’s not talking.
From my vantage point, the team is sick of dealing with Tebow questions day in and day out, so this is what you get. Is it that they think Tim is that bad, or are they trying to defend Mark and support him by tearing down Tim. This is very misguided and really unfair to Tim. Tim isn’t the one doing the talking, hyping himself up. He does what the team tells him to do. They never give him the chance to prove himself on the game field and then the players (the cowardly ones) decide to say he’s terrible.
You can’t base his play on the practice field. He knows he’s terrible. He admits it. But look at last year when he continued to play terrible in practice and what did he do in the games, win.
As a Jets fan, I’m embarrassed to call myself that this morning. Truly. It’s the first time I have every written these words let alone spoken them. There is no sense of direction with this team. We are bobbing in the ocean with no motor. Off and on the field has been a disaster all season. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Woody Johnson has to make moves and they are going to have to be game changers or we’ll continue to get the same product.
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