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Woody Johnson on Mark Sanchez: “The last thing he is is lazy”

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Jets owner Woody Johnson strongly disagrees with the unnamed player who called quarterback Mark Sanchez lazy.

“I’ve never heard that,” Johnson said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, via the New York Daily News. “He’s the first guy in the building every morning and the last guy to leave. So, the last thing he is is lazy. . . . He’s an NFL quarterback. That’s what you expect from an NFL quarterback.”

Johnson said he thinks the 2011 team never built the locker room chemistry that it needed, and he wonders whether that all started with the NFL lockout, which kept the team apart during the offseason and led the Jets to have training camp at their practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, rather than at the State University of New York at Cortland.

“Inside the locker room is one of those things that every year is a little different,” Johnson said. “Thirty percent new players. The fact that we didn’t go to Cortland maybe hurt us. . . . Every team didn’t have an offseason. So maybe it hurt us a little more than some others.”

Johnson said he thinks everyone associated with the team has good reason to be frustrated.

“New Yorkers don’t like losers,” Johnson said. “Even if it’s an 8-8 record, that’s not good enough. They want a winner. And there is frustration. And that’s what you want.”

But Johnson doesn’t want that frustration to spill over into attacks on Sanchez, who still has the owner’s public support.

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  1. Dam0wned says: Jan 12, 2012 11:20 AM

    The first thing is stupid.

  2. 40zntallcanz says: Jan 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    blame the lockout? nah…maybe the problem is that knucklehead Rex

  3. irongershwin says: Jan 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    Ironically, as I read this, the radio was on and I heard “Well it’s too late baby, now it’s too late, though we really did try and make it.”

  4. pabillsfan says: Jan 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    Sanchise is bad, but I hope the Jets keep him for years to come! I really dont see what the big deal is. People called him out but they need to put their names on it and not be wuss’s. anyway, keep sanchize! go bills!

  5. waltdawg says: Jan 12, 2012 11:23 AM

    Right Woody….First thing he is 1) Stupid 2) Arrogant 3) Lazy 4) Spoiled 5) Not good 6) A bad role model 7) Hungry for hot dogs

  6. medtxpack says: Jan 12, 2012 11:24 AM

    The Jets,….the only thing getting more press than Tebow right now.

  7. nyyankeedave says: Jan 12, 2012 11:25 AM

    Sanchez faintly resembles Vince from “Entourage” – fitting, since like that show, the Jets are all style and no substance -and like the show, the Jets suck hard. And I’m a Jets fan
    )=

  8. Davo says: Jan 12, 2012 11:25 AM

    I’m not a Jets fan (at all!), but the “Sanchez is lazy” thing was a first. He organizes camps in the off season, and extra game planning with receivers (you know, the ones that Holmes skips), that doesn’t really scan with “Lazy”.

  9. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Jan 12, 2012 11:26 AM

    The bottom line with Sanchez, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, and these other QB’s that are good, but not on the level of a Rodgers, Brees or Brady is that they are not driven to win like those guys.

    Yes, they want to win but they are not obsessed with winning. They don’t have that “it” factor that pushes their teams over the top. It’s not their fault, thats just the way it is.

    There is a clear visible difference between the top QB’s and the second tier guys.

  10. tunescribe says: Jan 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    So says Woody “Aren’t footballs stuffed with feathers?” Johnson. Amen.

  11. jmagnet28 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    How the hell can these unnamed Jets get away with this?

    If I’m Woody Johnson I am working day and night to uncover these guys because basically here’s what they’ve done. The’ve made their already shaky QB even shakier because now everytime Sanchez looks around the locker room or the practice field he’s gonna be wondering, “was it him? maybe him?”

    Absolute gutless turds these unnamed Jets are. Is there a more cowardly act in sports? Well maybe raping a girl in a bathroom in Georgia but is that technically even sports?

  12. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    He’s not lazy. It takes a lot of hard work to be this bad.

  13. polishrod says: Jan 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    Woody’s right, they need to get rid of his sense of entitlement first. Then they can work on his laziness and his lack of skills next

  14. bluvayner says: Jan 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    Lame excuse! Every team was locked out, not just the Jets.

    It all starts with Rex and the overconfident, loudmouth, blowhard mentality that he has cultivated in that locker room.

  15. weepingjebus says: Jan 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    The Jets already have a recent track record of talking people up in hopes they get something of value for them. Viewed through that filter, every single tongue bath Rex Ryan has given to “the Sanchise” finally makes sense. I bet they’d take a 3rd round pick for him in a heartbeat.

  16. ampats says: Jan 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    Woody blames the lockout?

    What about Jets West? I thought that was going to be the next great marketing idea. There was talk about tee shirts etc.

    Football fans everywhere except in gang green are :

    J ust
    E njoying
    T he
    S tupidity

    called the NY Jets !!

  17. oscojoe says: Jan 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    Hey Man let’s call a spade a spade:

    “Same Old Yet’s”

  18. polishrod says: Jan 12, 2012 11:31 AM

    How the hell can these unnamed Jets get away with this?

    If I’m Woody Johnson I am working day and night to uncover these guys because basically here’s what they’ve done. The’ve made their already shaky QB even shakier because now everytime Sanchez looks around the locker room or the practice field he’s gonna be wondering, “was it him? maybe him?”

    Absolute gutless turds these unnamed Jets are. Is there a more cowardly act in sports? Well maybe raping a girl in a bathroom in Georgia but is that technically even sports?

    ———————-

    Chief, get some perspective. Who cares who called him out when it comes from multiple sources?

    The only reason you want names attached is so you can bad mouth and downplay the comments.

    Attaching a name doesn’t make the comment less or more true.

  19. Tom G says: Jan 12, 2012 11:31 AM

    haha.When the owner weighs in its not good.Time for Sexy Rexy to go worship his wife’s feet some more.

  20. portlax12 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:32 AM

    Didnt a lot of teams have to move their training camps to their practice facilities? I know the Giants did and they are playing for a spot in the NFC Championship game this weekend. The Jets were a group of selfish individuals who had a loud mouth coach that was incapable of making this particular group of players perform as a unified team. The time for making excuses about why this year didnt work out is over. The Jets need to move on and evaluate how to make this team better in the future because believe it or not, they can be a pretty formidable opponent if they make a a few key changes on the offensive line, add a running back to go with Shonn Green, and possible a receiver to replace Plax. These are all issues that can be solved via draft and free agency, so i expect the Jets to be aggressive and fill these holes. I just think next year this team needs to stick more to football rather than worrying about talking to the media.

  21. imopen7 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:32 AM

    “last thing he is is lazy”

    Soooooo……your saying he IS lazy, its just last on the list. Oh, ok.

  22. 13forgbp says: Jan 12, 2012 11:32 AM

    You guys will have to pick up the pace a little bit. You had 8 Jets stories yesterday….this is only your second today. Although, back to back was a nice touch.

  23. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 12, 2012 11:33 AM

    “New Yorkers don’t like losers,” Johnson said. “Even if it’s an 8-8 record, that’s not good enough. They want a winner”
    ———————————————————
    Well, that’s what they were guaranteed ….. three years in a row.

  24. rpiotr01 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:33 AM

    Maybe Sanchez isn’t lazy, and maybe he isn’t a bad leader.

    Maybe he’s a guy that just isn’t talented enough to be an elite QB, who was severely over-drafted and had enormous and unreachable expectations put on him by an overzealous head coach who whipped local media up into a frenzy about the talent and expectations of his team.

  25. test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:34 AM

    These thing don’t happen in Tim Tebow’s locker room.

  26. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 12, 2012 11:36 AM

    Woody defended Sanchez even further, “Awful? Absolutely. Mark Sanchez is an atrocious QB. An epic failure and it is embarrassing that we drafted him with the number five pick. But he is NOT lazy!”

  27. trh33 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:36 AM

    Sanchez will never be the best QB in the league, but he was not brought in to be that guy. The defence and O-Line are just as much to blame for their lack of success this year. There are current and ex players coming to his defence and now his owner is speaking up for him. Is it just me or is it weird that his big mouth coach is being quiet for once. I blame Rex for all that is happening in NY. It was Rex that minted Sanchize that starting QB for as long as he is the head coach. It was Rex that said he would not rather have any QB than Sanchez. Maybe if Rex would stop heaping praise and promising Superbowls, the expectations for Sanchez and the NYJ wouldnt be so unrealistic. Rex Ryan is a loud mouth and deserves most, if not all of the blame.

  28. irongershwin says: Jan 12, 2012 11:37 AM

    ^^^^New York actually loves losers. That’s why people pay to go see the Mets.

  29. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 12, 2012 11:37 AM

    Davo says:
    Jan 12, 2012 11:25 AM
    I’m not a Jets fan (at all!), but the “Sanchez is lazy” thing was a first. He organizes camps in the off season, and extra game planning with receivers (you know, the ones that Holmes skips), that doesn’t really scan with “Lazy”.

    ——————————————————–
    He’s regressed every year of his career, to the point where they now admit having to “dumb down” and already dumbed-down playbook, all because this guy can’t (won’t?) put in the effort shown by guys like Brady, Manning, Brees, AR, etc.

    He doesn’t seem to TRY to go to the next level.

    He’s LAZY.

  30. edukator4 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:38 AM

    locker room struggles started when removing cotchery and replacing him with upstanding guys like mason and burress

  31. dallasholeinroofcowboys says: Jan 12, 2012 11:40 AM

    Looks like the Jets and company are suffering through the agonies of defeet…wonder when Rex Ryan will finally get worked up enough to speak?

  32. nflhof says: Jan 12, 2012 11:41 AM

    So he’s first in and last out. You might check and see if he has flyers all over his car to make sure he isn’t pulling a Costanza.

  33. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    I have to say, can anyone please just tell the Jets, their coaches, players and owner to SHUT UP! Deny doing interviews. Just stop talking. That’s all you guys do.

    Get you stuff straightened out. Win consistently. Then run your mouths.

    So glad Bisciotti never hired Rex. What a mess! Isn’t Woody Johnson, from the Johnson and Johnson family? You’d think he’d have experience dealing with babies. You know they say these things start at the top.

  34. promin1 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    Thank God, another Jet article. Its been 10 minutes.

  35. skippynj says: Jan 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    …said the man who had to work so hard to get everything he’s got.

  36. olcap says: Jan 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    Hmmm… Why then, does he APPEAR to be lazy?

  37. 6ball says: Jan 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    .

    Santonio Holmes being named captain ……your season ended there, woody.

    .

  38. 8man says: Jan 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    Man, I hope the press and NFL followers aren’t this cruel to my Patriots if they ever win back-to-back Super Bowls like the Jets just did.

    Oh, wait…..

    Speaking of which, the Patriots do have a similar challenge to what the Jets have, its just on the other side of the ball.

  39. donz0 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:53 AM

    Woody, does Mark have the competence to be a successful NFL QB?

    Woody, does Mark have the leadership skills to be a successful NFL QB?

  40. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:53 AM

    Woody doesn’t realize that Mark is the first one in because it takes him so long to do his hair and makeup before the other players and coaches arrive in the morning.

  41. shrike58 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    I hear nothing but crickets in the general vicinity of Rex’s office; cat got your tongue dude?

    As for Sanchez I suspect that he’s a decent QB, but he needs better coaching and he’ll probably never be one of those guys who makes everyone around him better.

  42. 700levelvet says: Jan 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    please…..No more freakin Jets stories….WTF, pay attention to the real teams still playing

  43. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    Can we stop using the term “unnamed source”? We all know Santonio Holmes was the one who called him out.

  44. bigvinnyinjax says: Jan 12, 2012 11:58 AM

    “New Yorkers don’t like losers”

    And yet all the rest of us in America do.

  45. FinFan68 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:59 AM

    I don’t think the kid is lazy. I think he is not a strong enough leader in the locker room and he is not a good enough player on the field.

    The first in/last out is nice but I would rather that be the head coach. Rex needs to use his penchant for open microphones to try and tone down his disgruntled team. The jets have talented players but absolutely no semblance of true leadership except for Mangold.

  46. blackdonnelly says: Jan 12, 2012 12:04 PM

    I wouldn’t call Sanchez lazy.

    Incompetent/jaded/entitled/ineffective – those would better describe his job performance.

  47. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 12, 2012 12:04 PM

    Wow, other commenters beat me to it, but I was going to point to the upcoming simplification of the Jets playbook that it implies Sanchez is stupid, or Schottenheimer is a Jon Gruden wannabe.

  48. apm says: Jan 12, 2012 12:08 PM

    So, with the “Last Thing He Is Is Lazy” and “Jets to Simplify Playbook” headlines side by side, perhaps the last thing Sanchez isn’t is smart?

  49. desmondbishop says: Jan 12, 2012 12:11 PM

    The last thing he is is a quarterback.

  50. sean6886 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:17 PM

    It’s very simple.
    When things are good on a team, then the dynamic of the team is good because everything is going great…but, when things are not going great on a team, ie: not winning-not making playoffs, then this is the kind of thing that happens. People start pointing fingers, etc.
    Is Sanchez Brady, Peyton, Rogers, Brees-no, but can Sanchez take the Jets to the next level? Not on his own-it has to be a team effort, but if the Jets can get this black cloud out of the way and shore up the holes, then yes, this team (team) can get to the next level. That means all players have to play on all cylinders.
    Sanchez is not lazy nor does he act entitled. Someone is unhappy and probably trying to take focus off of their issues. Usually, when someone starts talking smack about someone else, it’s because they have something to hide.
    This year, Sanchez was not as good as his two previous years, Wayne Hunter could not block, running game did not show up until the end of the regular season and even then they were a bit banged up, Santonio Holmes and Plax had some drops that should have been catches, defense lost a step and not as good as the last couple of years, offensive coordinator calls the same plays-very predicitable-hey, it’s third and 7, let’s throw to the guy two yards under the first down marker knowing he’s not gonna get the first down. I can’t tell you how many times that happened. Clock management was not great-the offense has to show a sense of urgency when time is running out and they’re behind-that’s both Shotty and Mark, I think we missed not having Brad Smith. I think he did open some stuff up for us with trickery. While Plax provides opportunities, still not real sure why we dumped Braylon. His first year with us was a lot of dropped passes, but last year he and Mark were in sync. I could go on, but I’ll leave it here.
    I still love Rex’s enthusiasm, but he needs to reign in the team internally. I want a coach who comes out with confidence-it instills confidence in the team-but he has to have the team dynamic within the training room and stadium walls and I think he overlooked that big-time.

  51. jerseyshoregiant says: Jan 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    trh33 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 11:36 AM
    Sanchez will never be the best QB in the league, but he was not brought in to be that guy. The defence and O-Line are just as much to blame for their lack of success this year. There are current and ex players coming to his defence and now his owner is speaking up for him. Is it just me or is it weird that his big mouth coach is being quiet for once. I blame Rex for all that is happening in NY. It was Rex that minted Sanchize that starting QB for as long as he is the head coach. It was Rex that said he would not rather have any QB than Sanchez. Maybe if Rex would stop heaping praise and promising Superbowls, the expectations for Sanchez and the NYJ wouldnt be so unrealistic. Rex Ryan is a loud mouth and deserves most, if not all of the blame.
    ——————————————-
    If he wasn’t brought in to be the best QB in the league, then why did the Jet’s TRADE UP to draft him FIFTH OVERALL!!!!
    Of course he was brought in to be that guy but he was overhyped from the beginning, just like a few other recent USC QB’s.

  52. dotnukem says: Jan 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    Can there be one Jets article without some of you losers spewing blind hate? Jesus Christ I would kill for some intelligent football talk around here….

    And no I’m not a Jets fan

  53. pisano says: Jan 12, 2012 12:29 PM

    “The last thing he is is lazy” says Woody Johnson, but the first thing he is is inept as a QB. Get a grip Woody you over paid for at best a back-up QB. Too bad, so sad.

  54. infectorman says: Jan 12, 2012 12:33 PM

    “New Yorkers don’t like losers,” Johnson said. “Even if it’s an 8-8 record, that’s not good enough. They want a winner”
    ***********************************
    So…Does that mean all us non – new yorkers “like” Losers?
    When it comes to the Not Yets, You betcha, Woody!

  55. yodelpoo says: Jan 12, 2012 12:41 PM

    I would hope that he was lazy. At least then he can change his work ethic and improve.
    If this is him at his best working hard, you have a problem.

  56. thefnlimit says: Jan 12, 2012 12:59 PM

    win some, lose some. Sanchez is average. More below average performances than above that’s for sure. The “unamed player” will eventually come out and will be unemployed shortly afterwards. You just don’t say that to the media about your QB, be a man and say it to his face.

  57. klunge says: Jan 12, 2012 1:15 PM

    Well he’s certainly no Stafford.
    Thank goodness Millen was gone, or somehow the Lions would’ve ended up with this guy instead. Lazy or not, he’s just backup quality, talent-wise.

  58. bigbluelou says: Jan 12, 2012 1:47 PM

    Woody Johnson on Mark Sanchez: “The last thing he is is lazy”

    ————————————————
    “He just can’t throw the damn ball past 15 yards but lazy? no way”

  59. mq8178 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:52 PM

    George Costanza was the first one in and last one out every day too when he worked for the Yankees….ha ha ha.

    I work with a lot of people who come in early and leave late, does not mean they are not lazy. It just makes it appear they work long hours.

  60. sean6886 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:55 PM

    dotnukem says:Jan 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    Can there be one Jets article without some of you losers spewing blind hate? Jesus Christ I would kill for some intelligent football talk around here….

    And no I’m not a Jets fan

    Thanks-I agree-Not just about the Jets, but about any of the teams. Rivalry is great but a serious discussion is nice.

  61. rockthered1286 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:00 PM

    Why does Rex destroy his locker room?? Because he likes de-feet.

  62. citizenstrange says: Jan 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    Sanchez and Leinart are pretty much the same. The teams that drafted them (Cards & Jets) wanted them to be franchise quarterbacks so badly and thought that national championships at USC were a big deal.

    They were inexplicable, crazy big REACH picks and both should have been drafted after the third round as possible backups or projects.

    Just because you want something bad enough doesn’t mean it is going to happen ….. especially in the NFL.

  63. billb09 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    While not an avid Jets fan, I do watch them every week. Sanchez was, and is not the problem. QB will always take the fall and rightfully so since they get most of the credit when a team wins. The Jets defense was not good in crunch time. Who in the viewing world did not know Tebow was going to run in the Denver game, Oakland was in disarray and scored on the Jets D when they had to. Win those two games and Jets are back in the playoffs.
    I can only think it is either Burress or Holmes complaining, one is too stupid and should never play with guns(besides his career is over) and the other left an annual playoff contender for the money because he is bigger than the team always ( the Con his jersey is for crybaby). Neither one is man enough to talk to their QB on the side, they act out on the field an in huddles. Dump them, get younger on defense (Cromartie must go too) and you will have a playoff team again. Oh and Rex should have a gag order placed on him. Go G-Men!!!!

  64. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 11:33 AM
    Maybe Sanchez isn’t lazy, and maybe he isn’t a bad leader.

    Maybe he’s a guy that just isn’t talented enough to be an elite QB, who was severely over-drafted and had enormous and unreachable expectations put on him by an overzealous head coach who whipped local media up into a frenzy about the talent and expectations of his team.

    ——————————————————–
    Or maybe he just sucks.

  65. gottapoop says: Jan 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    OK, well that fat coach of yourself is.

  66. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    “Grr! I’m going to complain about how much we have to read and see about the Jets by commenting with the same ’44th anniversary’ or ‘Not Yets’ line on every single article and click the thumbs up button on every other dumb comment, thereby increasing the author’s incentive to write more stories! Grrrr!”

    If everybody who didn’t like the Jets stopped reading these posts, the frequency of their appearances would go down. It would work out great for all of us! You guys would stop seeing as much as you do now, and I wouldn’t have to sift through nearly as much half-legible moronic rants about how fat Rex is to find someone here who *actually* has a fully functioning brain.

  67. thefappingcows says: Jan 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    There have been two posts about the JETs in a row and so far nothing about the Giants who are in the playoffs playing last year’s Super Bowl champions. This really makes one wonder whether the media actually has informative intentions or is actually just sensationalist.

  68. roamingabriel says: Jan 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    If you losers in NY hate him so much then just cut him!

    Maybe he can find work with a real team…

  69. papacrick says: Jan 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    The Jets would be better with Brady Quinn leading the team and that is pretty sad considering all the unwarranted hype and praise that followed Sanchez since declared for the draft.

  70. mnwn says: Jan 12, 2012 2:56 PM

    I honestly just clicked on this clicked on this article to see if Woody Johnson would be wearing a Jets hat…Yep!

  71. earthtopft says: Jan 12, 2012 4:12 PM

    Actually “lazy” is usually the second to last thing that comes up when describing Sanchez. The last thing is “Mexican”.

  72. khuxford says: Jan 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    @mnwn: wow…that was visible from the front page. You related to Sanchez?

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