Add New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson to the Mark Sanchez defense team.
A guest on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” Sunday, Tomlinson spoke up about the report that unnamed teammates called out Sanchez for being lazy.
“There are a lot of things you can say about Mark Sanchez, but to call him lazy is a bit much,” Tomlinson said. ”This is a guy that has worked very hard off the field, in the film room. I’ve seen it, in the weight room, putting in extra time with the coaches early in the morning after practice when everybody is gone. He is putting in time. So, he’s not lazy.”
Tomlinson did say that the real issue is the friction between Sanchez and his wide receivers.
“I think some things that happened in the locker room between obviously him and the receivers,” Tomlinson said. ”I think that’s where this is coming from. Some of the disconnect that happened throughout the year. Maybe, some of the arguments that you guys heard about throughout the year. So, I think that’s where this may be coming from.”
Tomlinson did agree that bringing in a backup quarterback that can push Sanchez will help the 3rd year QB.
“With all of us as athletes, we play our best football, or whatever sport you may be playing, when you’re pushed,” he said. ”Competition brings that out of us. For Mark, he hasn’t had that competition to push him. I do think he’ll be a better player if he has some competition, somebody to push him.”