- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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Darrelle Revis did his best to defend Mark Sanchez, praise Tim Tebow and explain the Jets' locker-room dysfunction at the end of last season. But in the word-association portion of his ESPN SportsCenter interview Wednesday morning, the Jets cornerback was candid in his brevity.
The phrase he was given: "locker room."
Revis paused. "Disarray right now."
Earlier, Revis explained how things got out of hand at the end of last season as the relationship between Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes deteriorated.
"There were a lot of things going on with guys wanting the ball," Revis said. "When it's like that and you're losing, it gets a little bit more frustrating, that's all.
"People were just trying to find ways to win. Santonio wanted the ball. It wasn't negative, I think he wanted to be the guy who wins games for us. And then it blew up out of proportion and then it was Santonio is not siding with Mark, and it just blew out of proportion. And then [then-offensive coordinator Brian] Schotteheimer was in the mix of it too with the play-calling."
Revis was in Bristol after being named as one of 16 finalists for the cover of Madden13. He is up against Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in this round, and noted that the Jets lost to the Giants last season. He solicited fan votes by saying the Jets wouldn't get a chance at a New York rematch this season.
"Please vote for me so I can beat them," Revis said.
As for his newest teammate, Revis said he had a lot of respect for Tebow after the Jets lost to Denver last season.
"After the game, you got to give a guy credit and give him respect," Revis said.
Revis was careful when he talked about a quarterback situation that may not help a locker room in disarray. He said he thought Tebow would ultimately help the Jets.
"I think [Tebow will] have a big impact on [Sanchez] in terms of just trying to maybe push him a little bit more," Revis said. "Not to say that Mark needs to get pushed, but in a way that, you know, Tebow is a winning quarterback. Mark is a winning quarterback, too; you got to understand that Mark took us to two AFC Championship Games.
"I think both of them will just have to feel each other out. We're probably going to try to figure that out during OTAs. And going into training and see how comfortable both of them are going into the season."
Revis is clearly sensitive to the way positive comments about Tebow could be taken as negative in regard to the current starter, and Revis went out of his way to refute an anonymous team source last season who critiqued Sanchez and his work ethic.
"I know Mark personally," Revis said, "and he’s there. We're there sometimes at 7 p.m. -- two hours after work -- in the cold tubs and the hot tubs and he's going over his playbooks, so I know Mark works hard. That’s no question about it."