Antonio Cromartie and the New York Jets continue to prove that it's not about wins and losses for the franchise. For those who play for the Jets, it's about landing on the back page of newspapers and grabbing as many headlines as possible.
After being thoroughly embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, 28-7—a game that saw starting QB Mark Sanchez once again show that he's not worthy of starting under center for an NFL team—Cromartie had a message for those fans calling for Tim Tebow to get his shot at running the offense (h/t New York Post):
They can kiss my butt. Mark is our quarterback. At the end of the day, we could give a damn what anybody on the outside has to say. Mark is our quarterback and he’s going to continue to be our quarterback. There’s not going to be no division, talking about who needs to be our quarterback. Mark is our quarterback and he’s our only quarterback.
He's right. Sanchez will continue to be the Jets' quarterback, but only because their inept head coach, Rex Ryan, continues to have this bizarre, unwavering commitment to him—not because Sanchez is any good.
Because he's not. Sanchez has regressed to the point where it's debatable as to whether he'd make the opening day rosters of some teams if this were a training camp battle.
We shouldn't be surprised that Cromartie had something to say because, let's face it, he hasn't been able to keep his mouth shut all season long.
First there was his proclamation in training camp that he was the second-best wide receiver on the team behind Santonio Holmes (h/t ESPN).
Before the Seattle game, Cromartie was chirping again—this time telling the world that the 3-5 Jets were going to make the playoffs:
Continuing to run his mouth—just like continuing to run Mark Sanchez out there week after week—isn't going to get the Jets into the promised land.
It's amazing that he, like his coach, continues to have such blind faith in a quarterback who has proven absolutely nothing.
To those Sanchez apologists out there, save your breath. It was the Jets defense, not Mark Sanchez, that led them to two AFC Championship Games, and he's long run out of goodwill and free passes that come along with making it that far in the playoffs.
But I digress.
The bottom line is this: Antonio Cromartie and the Jets are more interested in winning the battle off the field than on it.
It's pathetic, it's laughable and it makes both Cromartie and his comments as easy to dismiss as he believes the fans are.
Enjoy last place, Antonio, for it's not only where you currently reside, but it's where you'll be at the end of the season—with the quarterback you want under center as the primary culprit.