As the NFL offseason draws closer, inevitably teams begin to vent about their disappointing seasons. The New York Jets (to no one’s surprise) started a lot of buzz as they pinned their dismal season on “pampered” quarterback Mark Sanchez and Team Captain wide receiver Santonio Holmes who was described by an anonymous Jets player source as a “cancer” on the team.
Mark Sanchez finished the last three games of the season with seven interceptions and a completion percentage of 56%. While those numbers are the first that you hear, he did post a career best in quarterback rating (97.2), passing yards (3,474), and passing touchdowns (26).
Santonio Holmes ended with a career worst in receiving yards (684) but still managed to snag over 50 receptions and eight touchdowns. Many on the team believed that he contributed to creating a poor locker room atmosphere by regularly quitting in games.
The only thing more disturbing than the amount of Jets’ players that are speaking out about how bad the locker room atmosphere was, is the amount of Jets’ players that are remaining anonymous about the topic.
Many are shocked by the news coming out of New York, but not all of us are surprised.
Head Coach Rex Ryan started this by wanting to be the “in your face” kind of guy. He created drama at the beginning of the season every year; he wanted the Jets to be a media circus and that is exactly what he received in his locker room, like it or not.
Successful teams don’t need the motivation of drama to create success.
The last few Super bowl champion teams like the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers were teams that did not create controversy the year that they won their respective Super Bowl’s.
You could see their professionalism every time they stepped up to a podium, in a interview, and even with their actions off the field. They clearly showed in their actions that they bought into the what their team wanted for them, and they all shared failure and success.
Every locker room is different because their are different types of personalities on every team. If you’re a professional player in the NFL cooperation should not be impossible.