The post-season sourness emanating from the Jets has mostly stemmed from unnamed players and personnel. The sentiment that Mark Sanchez was "lazy and content" came from shadowy sources, as did word that Santonio Holmes moped and quit on his team. Now, we've got at least one face to attach to the reports of locker-room discord. LaDainian Tomlinson went on Showtime's Inside the NFL and broadcasted his opinions on all the innuendo swirling around his team. You can watch video of the interview here, and perhaps you'll find it as icky as I did. There's Tomlinson, made up and in a suit, trumpeting his own health as he enters free agency, then sharing chuckles with the rest of the bros at the desk while giving prefabricated answers to questions he knew were coming. I guess that's how this stuff works, and it's probably more gentlemanly to do it this way than to whine in the shadows, but there's still something creepy about the entire endeavor. But you can be the judge of that.
If you can't or won't watch the video, here's the type of stuff Tomlinson said on the program:
"It is as bad as I’ve ever been around, honestly. And I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not. But it was as bad as I’ve been around," Tomlinson said. "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 also provided his direct take on the complaints levied against Rex Ryan (Tomlinson would have preferred less Super Bowl predictions, or something) and Mark Sanchez ("pampered", sure, but not necessarily "lazy." Great question, Warren). The whole thing feels wrapped in PR influence and exploitation of a rough set of circumstances, but it does lend some credence to what we've already heard from unnamed Jets. So, thanks for that, LaDainian!