January 19, 2012
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The New York Jets are still finding ways to make the news, and once again it’s negative.
He told James Brown and the gang that Sanchez seemed to get complacent with his starting job because there was “no real threat” behind him.
Referring to the feud between Sanchez and No. 1 wideout Holmes, Tomlinson claimed the negativity in the locker room “got out of hand toward the end of the season.” It was the last game of the year in Miami where Holmes was benched for the most critical drive of the season. After the game a bevy of players spoke out about the situation and it was pretty clear that it was a volatile situation.
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As transcribed by Manish Mehta and the New York Daily News, LT went on to elaborate even further:
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.
Tomlinson’s words are pretty telling considering he’s been in the league for the last 11 years. LT knows a messed up locker room when he sees it and the antics that went on behind closed doors must have been pretty bad.
Immediately after the season, Tomlinson made it known to reporters that it wasn’t the players who voted Santonio Holmes a captain, but the coaches.
Clearly it appears Holmes was frustrated with Sanchez but didn’t take the appropriate measures to work through the issues.
Does this play into where LT, who is an unrestricted free agent, will sign next?
I would be shocked if Tomlinson re-signed with a locker room that is currently so severely damaged.
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