Thursday, May 23, 2013
Jets are backbiting already?
By James Walker
Cue the circus music and get out the clown suits. The zany New York Jets are at it again.
This time, the annual backbiting is occurring earlier than usual.
One anonymous Jets player told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com that “80 to 90 percent” of the locker room does not want quarterback Mark Sanchez under center. That's a strong statement, especially considering Sanchez is in a four-way quarterback competition.
"Everyone on the team likes Mark personally,” the Jets player said. “But there's a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it's time to give someone else a chance."
Anonymous backbiting in the media has been prevalent the past two seasons in New York, despite attempts by head coach Rex Ryan to control the locker room. This cannot make Sanchez feel too good. It also probably didn’t help that Sanchez had an awful practice on Wednesday.
Sanchez threw three interceptions in team drills when players were in shorts and there was no contact. That’s not a good sign for a quarterback trying to inspire confidence in his teammates and the coaching staff. The other options are rookie quarterback Geno Smith, Greg McElroy or Matt Simms.
However, just as big as the quarterback issue is New York's locker-room issue. Jets first-year general manager John Idzik came to New York to try to clean up the mess left behind by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum. It remains a work in progress.