Jenkins: Sanchez should “grow a pair,” stop posing for magazines

Former Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins has joined the piling on in New York.

Jenkins, who played for the Jets his final three seasons before retiring prior to the 2011 season, said on the Mike Lupica Show that he doesn’t believe quarterback Mark Sanchez is the kind of leader the team needs. Jenkins praised third-string quarterback Greg McElroy for speaking out about the toxic environment in the Jets’ locker room, and questioned why Sanchez hadn’t similarly spoken out.

“The No. 1 quarterback should have said that a long time ago,” Jenkins said. “It would have been all part of the process of him growing a pair and standing up and being a man. But the thing is, he lost his because he got caught up in the wash that is New York, the spotlight, taking pictures in the magazines and doing all that stuff. That’s just what everybody has seen with Mark Sanchez, they got tired of it.”

In fairness to Sanchez, who posed for GQ during the lockout, he’s far from the first NFL player to have his picture taken for a magazine. When Tom Brady poses for GQ, no one says he’s not a leader. The difference is that Brady didn’t become a celebrity outside the football world until he had a Super Bowl ring. Sanchez is finding out that quarterbacks who get the celebrity treatment before they get the ring will hear harsh criticism.

Jenkins said he was impressed by Sanchez’s potential when they played together, but he questions whether Sanchez has it in him to command respect within the Jets’ locker room.

“Mark wants to be a leader but there’s a difference between wanting it and taking it,” Jenkins said. “He’s always trying to be a crowd pleaser. He’s always trying to be nice. He wants to be a leader but he won’t take it.”

So far Sanchez has kept quiet about the problems inside the Jets’ locker room. Perhaps the first step toward assuming leadership inside the Jets’ locker room is to speak up about the problems inside the Jets’ locker room.

106 responses to “Jenkins: Sanchez should “grow a pair,” stop posing for magazines

  1. I oppose Kris Jenkins…

    Mark’s photoshoot was the best performance he did in front of cameras all season.

  2. Jenkins speaks truth.

    Look at some of the top QB’s: Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Manning.

    All of them can be “nice guys” but all of them are ruthless competitors.

  3. There are a lot of jets players who need to “grow a pair” and we ain’t talkin’ boobies like rex has.

  4. This just gets more fun by the day..Even jet players & ex players are taking pot shots at them.

    See Rex???…This is the environment YOU AND YOUR MOUTH created.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans

  5. “The No. 1 quarterback should have said that a long time ago,” Jenkins said.

    According to most of the PFT posters (click link on the story above), doing that will get you fired … unless maybe you are the annointed 1st string QB. Amen to Jenkins for backing McElroy up.

  6. Mcelroy Was Fine by Saying Something…Vets already came out and said something…and why blame a rookie for stating the obvious…Holmes was freaking out in the huddle…everyone knew something was up….I give him props for being a true Profesional and telling us whats going on….Normaly players just give us the run around….he had the basketballs to tell us!

  7. Coming from a guy who couldn’t keep the fork out of his mouth his entire career and spent more time hurt than healthy… I don’t like Sanchez, but this idiot should shut his mouth.

  8. Tom Brady did modeling

    Favre did Wrangler

    Manning does directv, sony, and a lot

    why cant Mark – (well he doesnt win like the 3 above…ok)

    but still, sounds like Jenkins is a lil salty then NY girls wanted to hook up with Marky Mark and not Krisy Kris…

    how bout Jenkins grows a pair and says it to Marks face instead of gossiping to the media like the VIEW…

    oh wait, all NFL “analysts” gossip…

  9. So Kris, are you telling me that if a Mag came to you and wanted to “pay” you to do a shoot you wouldn’t? Isn’t that what this league, and the Jet’s locker room, has turned into? All about getting “paid” and getting “mine”.

  10. It’s not like he pulled out his Favre and took a pic and then sent it to young women’s phones. Give the pretty boy a break.

  11. For better or worse, Rex has made himself the focal point of the media for the Jets.

    Probably for the better, his example has rubbed off on his players. The players can’t handle it as well as Rex.

    And I’m not saying Rex handles it very well either.

  12. It’s funny how Eli Manning took a bunch of crap, while all he was trying to do is/was get better on the field.

    Mark Sanchez was instantly dubbed a celebrity by ESPN and hasn’t done squatt. Mr. 16 college starts and for some reason was “the man.”

  13. I woudln’t say it is squarely Rex’s fault. His dad coached and acted much the same way, and those teams never had locker room issues.

    The difference is, Rex is letting the inmates run the asylum. You can talk that way and act that way, but that doesn’t mean you let your players do the same. If an Eagle came out and talked smack on a team before a game (Andre Waters excluded), Buddy was all over him. He’d be fined and sat for a half or something.

    Also, someone like Holmes would NEVER of been a captain of a Buddy team. His captains were guys like Kieth Byars, Seth Joyner, Reggie, etc etc. I can honestly say I have little to no problem with the way Rex ran things UNTIL he gave the captaincy to Holmes. When you put a guy like that in a position of leadership, the others take that queue, and pretty soon you have a team out for themselves

  14. What a mess in NY!

    Jenkins was a leader on that team when he was there (albeit injured all the time). If he is saying this about Sanchez, what must the current players be saying? And of course RR stands behind Sanchez. And I know that Rex has to publically. But still, this is ugly.

    Rex’s experience in Baltimore with lousy QB’s should be helpful to him…not that he wants it to be.

  15. For CaptainWisdom….

    Yes, that is exactly what they need. If the locke room doesn’t change, they will never win. If the #1 QB can’t call that out, the #1 QB is part of the problem. Nobody is saying he should come out and say “this guy, this guy, and that guy have to be better”, but there is no reason he can’t come out and say generally, that guys have to be less me first, they have to be about the team, and that he would hold people accountable and call them on it if they aren’t.

    But he isn’t, because from all evidence, he doesn’t have it in him. The QB doesn’t HAVE to be the team leader, it just helps if he is, and if he isn’t, you better have strong support besides him….they don’t have that

  16. No one would talk about Sanchez’s leadership if he was able to make any difficult throw besides your basic 15-20 yard seam route.

    He’s just not that good of a QB. All the other stuff is secondary. He needs to increase his arm strength and work on his accuracy.

  17. “The difference is that Brady didn’t become a celebrity outside the football world until he had a Super Bowl ring. Sanchez is finding out that quarterbacks who get the celebrity treatment before they get the ring will hear harsh criticism.”

    It never stopped Peyton Manning before he got his ring.

  18. Hearing Rex run his mouth year after year of guaranteed disappointment and watching those green bums talk a big game and play a tiny one and most importantly that picture is just pure PRICELESS. I love it.

  19. If he won’t tell the person whose idea it was to make him wear ‘that’ in the photo shoot, he surely won’t stand up to his much tougher, much richer, much more entitled teammates. I hate the Jets but God I am I loving this. Keep it up NY!

  20. mjbulls45 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:16 PM
    Tom Brady did modeling

    Favre did Wrangler

    Manning does directv, sony, and a lot

    why cant Mark – (well he doesnt win like the 3 above…ok)

    but still, sounds like Jenkins is a lil salty then NY girls wanted to hook up with Marky Mark and not Krisy Kris…

    how bout Jenkins grows a pair and says it to Marks face instead of gossiping to the media like the VIEW…

    oh wait, all NFL “analysts” gossip…

     9 35 

    Yeah, I’m sure kris Jenkins is terrified to say something to Sanchez’ face.

    Are you retarded?

  21. “And here we find the rare and elusive Mark Sanchez in his natural environment: an empty stadium! Isn’t he GORgeous?”

  22. seoulpatrol says:

    Still can’t quite get over how gay he looks on that GQ cover…

    _______________________________

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  23. If Sanchez isn’t taking leadership behind the scenes, then he’s failing. But he shouldn’t be bitching about things publicly like the rook did. It’s stupid to bring team business out to the street. From the looks of it, he tried to take leadership in the last few weeks, which appears to be why Holmes was a whiny no show for a meeting and for the last game.

  24. It’s funny that the majority of people that comment on these articles; if thats what you want to call them, are Jets bashers. My guess is that they are mad because good or bad the Jets are interesting and their team is not

  25. Jenkins may be right about Sanchez.
    If Sanchez does decide to step up and comment, I hope he says what he has to say to his team mates behind closed doors.
    Real leaders step up and do what needs to be done- but they DON’T throw their teammates under the bus in public.

  26. Tom Brady did modeling

    Favre did Wrangler

    Manning does directv, sony, and a lot

    why cant Mark – (well he doesnt win like the 3 above…ok)

    Three of these things belong together
    Three of these things are kind of the same
    Can you guess which one of these doesn’t belong here?
    Now it’s time to play our game (time to play our game).

  27. The difference is not the Super Bowl rings, it’s that Brady has been a leader on and off the field pretty much his entire career.

    As a Pats fan, I love Sanchez and hope the Jets keep him. Only thing better would be them trading for Tebow.

  28. This has been an enjoyable week of NFL news. Even Harold Camping could have predicted what happened to the jets franchise this week.

    Thanks for the laughs 28-21 faithful !!

  29. Brady took his pictures shirtless, with a goat, for God’s sake. And, the o-line showed up for training camp with those pics taped to their backs, yuck yuck, for a good joke. You gotta be one bad m-f’er to get away with shirtless goat pictures.

  30. While I think Rex Ryan is an annoying twit, I really don’t have an abiding hatred of the Jets.

    That said, watching current and former players point fingers and spit venom, and generally behave as a bunch of rabid pit bulls, is popcorn-worthy entertainment.

  31. Brady is not a celebrity, at least not by his own doing. He does surprisingly little in the advertising world for what he has achieved. He’s always been that way. His first commercial was him and his o-lineman, and I think I’ve only seen him in 2-3 national ads in his entire career. He never seemed to want any spotlight other than the one on the guy with the ball. If people follow him around and take pictures of his wife, it’s not his fault they are infatuated with him/her. Brady is more of a celebrity for who he is and what he has done, rather than for manipulation of the media and telling people what you might become, ala Cryin’ Ryan (“say it and it will happen”) and the NYJ’s.

  32. Why should any player have to talk about anything that goes on inside the locker room? I agree that Sanchez should get control of the team, but it’s really no one’s business except for the players how the locker room behaves. Stories like this make me dislike how reality tv football has become.

  33. Not sure he looks like a Chihuahua in that picture, but more like he should be carrying one in his purse.

  34. Sounds like jealousy to me. Do Sanchez’s photo shoots take place during the season? Only an idiot believes that qbs or any NFL player for that matter should not have a life outside of football. I cant stand Sanchez or the Jets, but I think its unfair to pile on him when their vaunted defense couldnt stop anybody the last few weeks. Funny, I don’t remember Jenkins being this outspoken about Sanchez when he was on the team. I guess it takes a real man to criticize from afar.

  35. Sanchez has been a mess all season. They should have pulled him. How many interceptions does it take until you get the QB off the field. I never felt like he was leading anything. His own players barely protected him from getting sacked every five minutes. He fumbled, the JETS crumbled. He never looked like he was all there. It was a severely dissapointing end to the season as usual. Sanchez needs to go sign up with John Cassablancas modeling agency or glamour shots and leave the football to the boys. Im out. I almost wanna burn my JETS jerseys…….its exhausting being a JETS fan. Sack-chez ……oh fumble-chez……so many names but Great QB….not one of them.

  36. Jenkins never did anything under Rex Ryan!!!!

    Obviously he stole paychecks from the Jets because he reluctantly stayed on the team!!!! The guy never really liked football!!! He was told he was big, join the team, and found out that real men actually play the game!!!

    This guy whines more than Oprah does!!! Maybe the man with boobs should take over her show!!!

  37. mistrezzrachael says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:15 PM
    This just gets more fun by the day..Even jet players & ex players are taking pot shots at them.

    See Rex???…This is the environment YOU AND YOUR MOUTH created.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans

    At least the Jets have won alot more Superbowls than the Vikings and they have all grown a set of Horns on their Helmets
    Besides Sanchez can’t be worse than Favre in the locker room. I mean who wants to Watch BrINT put make up on Little BrINT for his camera phone close up

  38. Why is there a photo of Freddie Mercury at the top of the page?
    …and when I mouse over the picture it says, “Mark Sanchezq”. What on Earth could the “q” stand for?
    I love the Jet’s pain and embarrassment.

  39. The single biggest problem the Jets have is Rex Ryan. There are 32 teams and there are 31 mostly humble coaches, and then there’s Rex. If Rex constantly acts like a buffoon, writing checks his team can’t cash, lacking any semblence of humility, then what do you expect the players to be? Right. A reflection of their coach. He obviously hasn’t learned from the greats, and my opinion is he won’t going forward. Half the team are prima donnas and the coach is the world’s biggest PRIMA DONNA.

    I am a Pats fan and I’ll be honest and say that the way Billy keeps things so close to the vest can be aggrivating. But he never insults opponents, fellow coaches and neither do his players. Nuff said.

  40. I’ve seen some Jets games were Sanchez is on an exercise bike when his defense is on the field.Does this Guy ever talk to his OC,his lineman,does he look
    at game photos?

  41. carterious1 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:48 PM

    It’s funny that the majority of people that comment on these articles; if thats what you want to call them, are Jets bashers. My guess is that they are mad because good or bad the Jets are interesting and their team is not

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    LMAO! Yeah guy, that’s why people bash the Jets. Because they are sooooooooo interesting!! Hilarious. Put your helmet back on and step away from the keyboard.

  42. faulkana says:
    Jan 5, 2012 5:29 PM
    Why is there a photo of Freddie Mercury at the top of the page?
    …and when I mouse over the picture it says, “Mark Sanchezq”. What on Earth could the “q” stand for?
    I love the Jet’s pain and embarrassment.

    —————————————

    I’ll give you one clue: it ends with a “UEER”

  43. You’re right, they’re not interesting. Articles about them get the most comments. They put several up a day this last week, despite the playoffs, because they get a lot of hits.

    Hits, comments, likes/dislikes on the comments are all indicators of INTEREST in the Jets as a subject. INTEREST doesn’t mean you like them, but that you want to know about them.

  44. Maybe McElroy was taken out of context. He did say “selfish” and “corrupt.” Probably had Nick Saban on his mind.

  45. mistrezzrachael says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:15 PM
    This just gets more fun by the day..Even jet players & ex players are taking pot shots at them.

    See Rex???…This is the environment YOU AND YOUR MOUTH created.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans

    ————————————
    “parasites!” you’re “just like sandusky!”

  46. This guy was a backup to Matt Leinart. THAT WAS HIS BEST ROLE.

    The real funny is that the Jests MOVED UP to get him!

    That just never stops being funny.

  47. Maybe the reason Sanchez didn’t speak out about guys in the locker room not caring if they won is because he was one of them. Or maybe he was too distracted by their packages.

  48. @carterious1 – no, man; we’re interested in the Jets like we’re interested in plane wrecks, car crashes, buildings imploding and spectacular mayhem in general. It has nothing to do with our own teams; its all about the truly unique self-destructive nature of this fabulously effed up franchise…

  49. The Jets would have a ring if they drafted Matt Stafford. Thank God Millen was gone that year or he surely would have taken this Mo number 1

  50. Sensors out in full force tonight!
    Does snachez remind anyone else of that eurotrash socker player christianaldino ronaldo or whatever his name is?

  51. McElroy is taking heat for stating the obvious, I say good for him. More of these guys should speak up! The Jets are a train wreck.

  52. texans3four says:Jan 5, 2012 4:46 PM

    seoulpatrol says:

    Still can’t quite get over how gay he looks on that GQ cover…

    _______________________________

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    What’s wrong is funboys like you flat out deny their Man hood, and act like pansies.

  53. mistrezzrachael says:

    At least the Jets have won alot more Superbowls than the Vikings and they have all grown a set of Horns on their Helmets
    Besides Sanchez can’t be worse than Favre in the locker room. I mean who wants to Watch BrINT put make up on Little BrINT for his camera phone close up

    ———————————————————
    Brett may have been a turd in his own rights at times, but to compare the two is inconceivable. Brett would probably get confused looking at markie mark and ponder checking under mark’s skirt, but Brett was a true man. I’m not even sure sanchez knows what sex he wants to be when he grows up yet. Brett was always a leader. He made some mistakes, but he always tried to lead his teams to victory. Sanchez cowers at the mention of the word leader.

  54. Kris Jenkins contribution to 2009 New York Jets AFC Championship run season- Nothing

    Kris Jenkins contribution to 2010 New York Jets AFC Championship run season- Nothing

    Jenkins was on the roster but contributed nothing during two successful seasons.

    Jenkins last season with the Jets was in 2008 when that great veteran leadership team was 8 and 4 and in first place of their division after beating the Pats in New England. That team collapsed and finished 9 and 7 and got Mangini fired.

    Just a sidenote. In the same article/interview that McElroy is being praised for his comments in. McElroy says he loves Rex Ryan and has complete faith in Rex’s ability to turn things around from an 8 and 8 season.

  55. While Kris Jenkins is absolutely right that the Jets need a legit, vocal leader to be their quarterback. He’s negelecting the fact that said QB must be extremely talented and effective. Mark Sanchez’s performance this year has been barely good enough to keep his own teammates from ripping him in the press. If he speaks out against any other players (with the possible exception of holmes, because he seems to be the only player hated more than sanchez) there will be a mutiny within one day. He’s smart to keep his mouth shut and his head down. He needs to try to stay on the fringe of this whole debacle as much as possible.

  56. Going by the rumors of his love life I expect Sanchez to appear on the cover of 17 Magazine next. Teen Beat is defunct, isn’t it? If not that be a perfect fit.

  57. I was sooo happy my Dolphins were able to beat the Jets on the last day. Look how much fun it has created!

  58. Pretty easy for a backup QB to say anything… and for Jenkins to criticize Sanchez for it… I think he’s wrong though. Sanchez is right to stay diplomatic right now. Especially if he doesn’t know what the deal is with Holmes will be next year. The Jets should trade Holmes if they can. He was never a leader and Rex made a huge mistake making him a Captain. This is an internal thing that needs to be resolved and they probably won’t be able to get rid of Holmes, so Sanchez has to keep it cool with Holmes. Sanchez already commands a lot of respect in the locker room, but of course if he had better play to back it up… then he’d be able to call holmes out and tell him to grow up. You can’t just ‘take’ that kind of respect. You can’t just take leadership. The next step for Mark is to really earn things with str0nger play… if he can. He has the potential… hopefully things will finally click with him, like they did with Brees b4 he left San Diego.

  59. “When Tom Brady poses for GQ, no one says he’s not a leader.”

    You’re right, most of us said he was a flaming queen.

  60. lowleadman says:
    Jan 5, 2012 5:40 PM
    “…….But he never insults opponents, fellow coaches….”

    rex doesn’t either big guy. he’s known for talking up his team, not talking down an opponent. not saying he doesn’t have issues, but while everybody is piling on here lets remember something basic.

    belicheck is great. but when brady is out, he won’t look so good. he’ll get second guessed for blandness and boringness or something; count on it.

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