Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson believes that cornerback Antonio Cromartie and linebacker Bart Scott were the anonymous New York Jets who criticized quarterback Tim Tebow.
Tomlinson heard the remarks on his Sirius XM NFL radio program.
Some people have been calling for Mark Sanchez to be replaced as starting quarterback for the 3-6 Jets. Sanchez has the NFL’s lowest pass completion rate at 52 percent, and has four red-zone interceptions, a league high. But a Jets defensive starter told the New York Daily News on Wednesday in regard to Tebow, “He’s terrible.”
Players indicated that they only looked to Tebow as “the wildcat guy, and not as a quarterback.”
Scott said Tomlinson was out of line in blaming him. Scott told the New York Post, “That can’t be farther from the truth. I ain’t ever hid behind junk that I’ve ever said. I’m not afraid to put my name to it, go to a person and say it to them.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan called it “cowardly” to make negative statements in an anonymous manner. Ryan said, according to Gang Green Nation, “If you're not going to put your name to it, I think that's about as cowardly of a thing as there is."
New York’s offensive lineman Matt Slauson said on public record that Tebow's skill level was "not even close" to that of Sanchez. Ryan said he respected Slauson for using his name publicly.
Tebow admitted frustration about his teammates’ remarks. “I’ve had criticism my whole life playing football,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “It’s not always fun having people saying negative things about you, but you try to be stronger from it. It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to make me stronger.”
Sanchez supported Tebow, according to an Associated Press report in FOX Sports on MSN, saying, ''I feel for Tim. You wake up the next day and you keep playing.''
Ian O’Connor of ESPN New York said that the Jets overall have been more terrible than Tebow. O’Connor noted that listing all the Jets who have been worse at their jobs than Tebow has been at his would require more time to assemble the list than any defensive coordinator has spent on Tony Soprano's version of the Wildcat.