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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Esiason calls Mark Sanchez 'skittish'

By James Walker

Mark Sanchez's performance has been described in plenty of unflattering ways the past few weeks as the New York Jets quarterback struggled down the stretch. But former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason used a previously unheard term for Sanchez on Wednesday.

"He's been a skittish player," Esiason told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.

"Skittish" is never a term a quarterback wants to hear. It insinuates a player is scared and/or very overmatched.

Esiason played 14 years in the NFL with the Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. He is certainly qualified to call out a "skittish" quarterback in his opinion when he sees one.

Sanchez should expect plenty of harsh criticism this offseason after the Jets finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs. How Sanchez responds in his fourth season will be key to his long-term future in New York.

Also, in other Jets quarterback news, backup Greg McElroy shed some light on the inner workings of New York's locker room in a recent radio interview.

"It's definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you," McElroy said Wednesday on Birmingham, Ala., radio station 97.3 The Zone. "It's the first time I've ever been around extremely selfish individuals. I think that's maybe the nature of the NFL, but there were people within our locker room that didn't care whether we won or lost as long as they ... had really had good games individually."

Now that the season is over, all of the dirty laundry is coming out with the 2011 Jets. This was a team expected to contend for a Super Bowl. Instead, the Jets are watching the playoffs from home for the first time in three seasons.

New York proved once again that lack of chemistry and togetherness can still derail talent in the NFL.