Braylon defends Sanchez, blames 'idiots'

December, 4, 2012
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Mark Sanchez, who could be on the verge of losing his starting job, received loud support from former teammate Braylon Edwards, who blasted the Jets' hierarchy.

"Don't blame Sanchez," the Seahawks' wide receiver Tweeted early Tuesday. "I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove it when given a proper chance."

Edwards didn't name names, but he was obviously referring to GM Mike Tannenbaum, owner Woody Johnson and perhaps even coach Rex Ryan.

Edwards played with the Jets in 2009 and 2010, developing a good, on-the-field rapport with Sanchez. He attended Sanchez's "Jets West" camp in Southern California during the 2011 lockout even though he was a free agent.

As it turned out, the Jets opted for Santonio Holmes (also a free agent at the time) over Edwards, whose career has declined. There were rumblings around the team last summer of some interest in Edwards, but he ended up in Seattle.

UPDATE: On Tuesday afternoon, Edwards tweeted: "I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst. Mark is a friend and former teammate who I wholeheartedly support. Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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