Tomlinson discusses Sanchez-Santonio tension

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We’ve previously predicted that, once running back LaDainian Tomlinson severs all ties with the Jets, his interview will be more compelling than a Jim Irsay tweet.

But it appears that, instead of one epic sit-down meltdown, L.T. will bleed out the details in a series of engagements and appearances.

Over the weekend, Tomlinson touched on some of the issues during a guest spot on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.  For the latest episode of Showtime’s Inside the NFL (via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News), L.T. pulls no punches.

As to the relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes, Tomlinson said, “It is as bad as I’ve ever been around, honestly.  You know it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it.  There was nothing that the players could do.  So when it gets to that point there are certain changes that need to happen.  Can it be fixed? . . .  I think absolutely it can be.  But they’re going to have to make some tough decisions.”

The tough decisions may include whether to keep both men on the same team.

“I would really have to sit down with them and see if they can co-exist,” Tomlinson said.  “I mean that is a decision that I really have to make.  And if I really feel like they can’t, then you have to make a move. . . .  There are some things that obviously [Holmes] needs to work on as far as being a leader.”

Tomlinson previously criticized Holmes for his behavior during a Week 17 loss to the Dolphins.  “I’ll tell you what, it’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner,” Tomlinson said at the time.  “When you’re a captain, guys are looking at you, you’ve got to lead by example. You’ve got to play your tail off until the last play.  And when that don’t happen, you have guys looking at you in a way that captains shouldn’t be looked at.”

The Jets owe Holmes $7.75 million in guaranteed salary for 2012.  If he’s on the roster in March 2012, another $7.5 million in base salary becomes guaranteed in 2013.

Tomlinson thinks the front office shouldn’t be surprised by the situation.  “They created this,” Tomlinson said.  “This is the type of football team that they wanted.  Mike Tannenbaum [and] Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style, say whatever you want, just get it done on the field.  And then it leads to other things [like] guys are calling each other out and saying I’m not getting the ball or whatever it may be.”

The reference to “not getting the ball” surely means that Holmes didn’t think he was getting enough looks from Sanchez, a dynamic about which we reported during the season.  Near the end of the season, we reported that the Jets would privately consider alternatives to Sanchez.

So it’s unclear whether Holmes will go or Sanchez will go.  For now, the Jets have said that both men will stay.

Of course, that’s the same thing they said about former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

70 responses to “Tomlinson discusses Sanchez-Santonio tension

  1. they should let both of them go. holmes is a cancer in a locker room. and sanchez cant play.

    but its the jets so they will probably keep both. then guarantee a Superbowl. and then meltdown again.

  2. ESPN is talking about the Jets like anyone still cares about them.

    The Titans came closer to the playoffs than the Jets, and I haven’t heard one mention of them on ESPN.

    Is it just because it’s New York or what?

  3. What LaDainian fails to realize is that actions like this make him the type of person that is a part of the problem. The only difference between him and McElroy is that LT is a namesake player.

    Nobody likes the guy who stays quiet in the middle of everything and waits until he’s clear of the room to put everybody on blast with a holier-than-thou attitude.

    This is exactly why throwing money around to build an NFL team never works. Dollar signs attract the divas. You’re in trouble if you have a team full of them.

  4. Love this – Holmes is a cancer -we Steeler fans are so happy he is someone elses problem

  5. With Sparano the new OC don’t be shocked when they bring in Chad Henne and make Sanchez earn the starter role

  6. As much as I love Rex Ryan (yeah, yeah, internet, deal with it), the dude is clearly not fit to be a head coach. He’s a great coordinator, but he’s in way over his head here.

  7. Keep em both. I like seeing the Jets fail ever year and it all boils down to ego and mouth. Keep it up J-E-T-S!

  8. Well, it appears LT will either a) retire or b) be on another team next year, provided anybody picks him up (not because of this, but because his production this late in his career may not warrant a roster spot).

    LT can say what he chooses because he’s a veteran and a real leader. And he didn’t break locker room code. That door was already wide open with the anonymous sources, rightfully or wrongfully, bashing Sanchez. At least he puts his name to it, like Mangold, another true leader.

    If Sanchez wants to sink, he needs to stand up and do something about it. He needs to put his foot down, whether he does it behind closed doors or in the public.

    I know the Woody doesn’t want to eat the money, but they need to get rid of Holmes and then find out if Sanchez is our guy next year. He needs to show some leadership.

  9. I think LT is right. The Jets themselves created this situation. The manner in which Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum conducted themselves cultivated and environment that was effective when the team was winning. Players were encouraged to speak their mind publicly, and because the team was competing for championships the last 2 years, there was not much for players to publicly gripe about. However, once the winning stopped, the players did exactly what their coach had been encouraging them to do the last two years: speak their mind to the media. The Jets need to clean this up quick because just when you think it cant get much worse, another former player or anonymous source speaks out. I think the culture of this team needs to change.

  10. As much as I love Rex Ryan (yeah, yeah, internet, deal with it), the dude is clearly not fit to be a head coach. He’s a great coordinator, but he’s in way over his head here.

    reply:

    I like Rex Ryan, too, albeit I think he is a great coach and can be a head coach. But he needs to grow up, just like the quarterback, and stop trying to be everybody’s friend. Good leaders are not friends with everybody in the room. That’s the way it is. But the one thing is they all respect that person.

  11. The media loves to talk about these losers,because they are jets fans themselves! Turmoil? Tony as the OC? Lol why would peyton wanna go there 8-/??

  12. The answer should be clear: santonio is a certified cancer and cannot stay on the team no matter his “talent.” Apparently though his contract was written so it makes it very hard to do. Who writes a contract so that you can’t get rid of a cancer? He should be shown the door with Santonio!

  13. “You’ve got to play your tail off until the last play. And when that don’t happen, you have guys looking at you in a way that captains shouldn’t be looked at.”

    LOL, What, like the way Whinedanlian sat on the sidelines in Foxboro a few years ago in the playoffs crying and sulking ? Pot, meet kettle.

  14. Awesome! What better coach to have major controversy on his dysfunctional team. Rex, reep what you sow!

  15. .

    So, we have a clubhouse cancer due to make 7.75 million in 2012 and 7.75 million in 2013.

    Two Words : Dan Snyder

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  16. No one seems to want to admit that although Santonio Holmes is a head case, his observation that Mark Sanchez is a terrible quarterback is TRUE.

  17. I bet Jets fans are at least happy they won the Superbowl against New England last season before all the Sh@t hit the fan…wait, that wasn’t the Superbowl…my bad

  18. He twice says that there was “nothing the players could do”. Sound like a cry for help should have gone out to the coaches. Or maybe the coaches should have recognized the bad things going on. This is very disturbing news if you are a Jets fan.

  19. This looks to be developing into a painfully long, excruciatingly drawn-out, and very ugly soap opera for the New York Jets that very well may ultimately end in even more painful ugliness for the team and it’s fans.

    Displaying a wry smile.

  20. This organization would look even worse than it already does if it lets Holmes come back next year. Say what you want about Sanchez, I agree the kid cant play. But there is no excuse for his WR to act the way he does with the him. The QB is the leader of the offense. This dude quit with their season on the line. Thats not fair to the guys who leave it all on the field, most of whom are playing hurt.

    You dont like the plays being called? you bring that up with the coach or offensive coordinator after the game behind closed doors. Rex Ryan needs to let these guys know that this stuff isnt tolerated. I doubt he will, so its up to Tannenbaum to release him. that locker room would be even more disastrous if Captain Quit was allowed back next year after all this

  21. Holmes was clutch with the Steelers, and not the kind of locker-room problem he’s been in NY. In fact he even got along well with Ben.

    So maybe the problem isn’t Holmes, it’s his current team — and especially, QB?

  22. raiderapologist says:
    Jan 18, 2012 8:29 PM
    Wow. Captain Quit lifted his visor and pointed his finger. Again.

    **********************************

    Now that’s funny, maybe you forgot but “Captain Quit”, aka Carson Palmer, is leading your football team.

  23. All three are worthless in my eyes. Liked Lt until my pats beat them on the Troy brown fumble recovery and he had every excuse in the book. Losers… All

  24. Tomlinson- “There was nothing that the players could do.  So when it gets to that point there are certain changes that need to happen.  Can it be fixed? . . .  I think absolutely it can be.  But they’re going to have to make some tough decisions.”

    “There was nothing that the players could do.” So it got so bad that Holmes won’t be changed by something he doesn’t care about. People and players.

    “So when it gets to that point there are certain changes that need to happen.” So he takes it to the public hoping Holmes’ Mother will be able to do something. And if she can’t, taking it to the public will force management’s inaction into action.

    “Can it be fixed? . . .  I think absolutely it can be.  But they’re going to have to make some tough decisions.” So the only way left to make someone understand is to hit them in the only thing they care about. Which can only be done by management.

    Ouch… How did Holmes get this bad?

  25. 7.5 mil’ is a small price to pay to get rid of a bad guy. He’ll be gone the very last hour before his 2013 money gets guaranteed.

  26. LadyT is speaking from experience since he also threw Phillip Rivers under the bus.

    Based on the above comments jets fans are jumping ship faster than the Captain did on the Italian cruise ship.

    This team has become the laughingstock of the NFL.Looking forward to the 50th anniversary celebration in 2018/2019 !

    PS To all the 28-21 fans HAHAHAHAHA

    How do you like your jests now????????????????

    With the first pick in the 2013 draft the NY jets select ———————

  27. Holmes? Sanchez?
    I’d rather read more stories about Hue Jackson running off the rails…. Those have entertainment value…

  28. Cancer? Are you kidding me? He was a SB MVP. Something real cancers like TO or Ochocinco never accomplished.

    The real cancer on the Jets is their mediocre quarterback.

  29. I don’t care what Santonio Holmes says, at least he can catch the football, the real problem is Sanchez can’t get it to him or for that matter any of the other receivers. Sanchez is NOT or anywhere near a top NFL QB. The Jets over bid and over paid for this guy, he will never be a top QB in the NFL. The best bet for Sanchez would be as a back-up QB. Sorry Jets you’re stuck with him for two more years unless you can find someone to take him off your hands, or cut him and eat the rest of the contract. Next time do your homework on top draft picks.

  30. Obviously you dump Holmes and keep Sanchez, it’s a total no-brainer decision. Holmes is a mouthy diva WR, of which there is no shortage. Sanchez is the starting QB, a position that can be difficult to fill. He’s way too young to just abandon at this point, who knows how many of his woes are attributable to shabby, lazy coaching and noisy, demanding diva WR’s questioning his skill?

    The Jests aren’t going to trade for Peyton Manning or anyone else, they won’t be in the running in the Matt Flynn FA derby and there won’t be any serious QB prospects on the board when they draft. So, believe it or not, Sanchez is their best available option. Sanchez may be nothing special but face facts, he’d be an upgrade in at least 8-9 other places. Holmes is a guy who’s made a few big catches, big deal. He can be replaced overnight and the fact that he wasn’t immediately waived tells you that the 2012 Jests won’t be going anywhere either.

  31. I glanced through the comments so I hope no one else posted this…

    Santonio Holmes = Terrell Owens

    Except for the fact that TO cried even though he had capable quarterbacks throwing to him of course.

    Prima Donna wide receiver just like DeSean Jackson and Stevie Johnson all they care about is themselves.

    Good luck picking up a job Santonio just like TO did…teams are sick of it as are the fans and you will soon enough be unemployed like TO

    BTW…I think Sanchez is a bum…but this just in guys that keep their mouth shut and just play ball keep getting contracts.

  32. rex ryan must have grown up an extremely unpopular guy the way he needs to be loved far more than respected. when you are dealing with leading a group of grown men, you cannot concern yourself with being everybody’s friend. rex ryan is the type of guy that if he were a corrections officer, hed be that guy that brings in the contraband for his new friends. grow a pair rex

  33. As a Jets fan it amazes me how even though we’re not even playing how there’s still at least 5 Jets stories per week on this site. Most of them are just rehash and gossip but its still pretty impressive.

    As for Mark and Tone. They’ll work it out, they’re professionals. LT will be lucky to be back at all

  34. Santonio is a nutcase but he is a proven commodity who can play ball. Sure he’s only slightly more mature than Dez Bryant, but he can play and he should get the ball.

    Sanchize on the other hand is the real loose cannon. Dude plays 1 good game per month.
    His poor games are ones where fundamentals are nowhere to be found.

    Get the Jets a decent QB, even a Jon Kitna-caliber veteran, and they go 10-6 with minimal changes.

    PS, I hate the Jets.

  35. Lonely Libertarian says: Jan 18, 2012 8:07 PM
    Love this – Holmes is a cancer -we Steeler fans are so happy he is someone elses problem
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    I’ll bet you Steeler fans were jocking him pretty hard when he hauled in that pass against AZ…you were plenty happy he was your problem then! What a difference a team makes.

    Santonio hater>Santonio apologist

  36. Tomlinson still can’t shut up, why am I not surprised. The dude has played in the league for eleven years and still has no leadership skills. I guess Rex Ryan isn’t the only one with a big mouth.

    AJ Smith doesn’t look so bad after all when it came to cutting LT loose.

  37. hannahsdaddy says:Jan 19, 2012 2:02 AM

    BTW can we stop referring to him as ‘LT’? Theres only one LT and his name is Lawrence Taylor.
    ———————————–
    we can call them both LT and just put an *
    by the one that likes raping and molesting teen aged girls.

  38. If Rex had just kept his mouth shut when he got the job in the 1st place none of this would even matter! It was great getting the attention when they were winning. Now? Not so much!

  39. veraky says: Jan 18, 2012 9:23 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Jan 18, 2012 8:29 PM
    Wow. Captain Quit lifted his visor and pointed his finger. Again.
    **********************************
    Now that’s funny, maybe you forgot but “Captain Quit”, aka Carson Palmer, is leading your football team.

    Didn’t forget. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Palmer didn’t sit on the bench with an ice pack on his vagina during a playoff game. He just quit on the Bengals.

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