Thursday, November 15, 2012
Greene explains comment on QB situation
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Shonn Greene made news Wednesday night, and he wasn't happy.
Greene, one of the least-quotable starters on the Jets, was quoted in a Yahoo! Sports story in which he's portrayed as advocating a quarterback change. The headline spread like wildfire because ... well, everything about the Jets' QB situation makes news, especially at a time when the players inside the locker room appear to be anti-Tebow.
I spoke to Greene late Wednesday night. This is what he said about his quote: "I said, 'We're 3-6 and something has to change.' At no time did I say we have to change quarterbacks or Tebow is terrible or any of that."
Asked to state his position on the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow situation, Greene told me, "It is what it is. Mark is our starting quarterback, Tebow is our backup and he does the Wildcat."
On Thursday, Greene, in damage control, will address the matter with reporters.
In case you're wondering, here is the quote from Yahoo!, which he gave on Tuesday:
"Something's got to change. When you get to the point where you're 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, 'Oh, what would happen?' But guys at the same time have faith in Mark (Sanchez), so it's kind of an up-and-down thing.
"You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time, you want to win games. We're not here to protect people's feelings. If you want to win games, you've got to try something. If somebody's not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It's the same with coaching, or any position. You don't mean to belittle someone or say, 'He sucks.' That's just the harsh reality."