Jets quarterback Greg McElroy, a seventh-round pick who landed on injured reserve in the preseason, raised eyebrows with a candid radio interview criticizing selfish individuals in the locker room. But an even more candid and blistering interview is certain to come.
Once running back LaDainian Tomlinson severs ties with the Jets, or vice-versa, look for L.T. to unload on anything and everything he didn’t like about his time with the team — and specifically the failure of the 2011 season.
Tomlinson already has teed off on receiver Santonio Holmes, at a time when other teammates would speak out only if their names were left out of the reporting. At some point, someone will persuade Tomlinson to purge his soul in comprehensive fashion.
And it will be powerful.
Tomlinson’s contract with the Jets expires in March, and he becomes a free agent. There’s a good chance he’ll opt for retirement.
Regardless of what Tomlinson says, the issues that recently have come to light speak to a lack of leadership in the locker room. Whether it was Tomlinson or Mark Sanchez or Nick Mangold or anyone else, someone needed to grab Holmes by the facemask and coerce some sense into him.
It’s a subject that was discussed earlier this week during the network-launching edition of NBC SportsTalk, featuring a shot from Rodney Harrison that nearly knocked me out of my chair.