Nick Mangold Defends Mark Sanchez, Promises to ‘Fix’ Jets’ Locker Room Issues

Nick Mangold Defends Mark Sanchez, Promises to 'Fix' Jets' Locker Room IssuesAt least one — anonymous — New York Jets player wants a new quarterback and thinks current QB Mark Sanchez is lazy. It appears that Nick Mangold is probably not that player.

Mangold, the Jets' center, continued his defense of his quarterback on Wednesday afternoon, appearing on ESPN to blast the unnamed source who dared question Sanchez in the New York Daily News under the guise of anonymity.

"if you really had a problem or there's something really wrong, I think that you should man up and own up to what you have to say," Mangold said. "When no one has their name attached to it, I think it's an easy way out to air your personal grievances that should be kept in the locker room."

But the Jets locker room has been a scary place since the season ended. Multiple players from that Jets locker room bashed wide receiver Santonio Holmes for quitting on the team after the team's regular season finale. It's also that same  locker room that Jets third-string quarterback Greg McElroy described as "corrupt" in a recent interview.

But Mangold is set to change that atmosphere. He vowed to get to the bottom of things and find out which player was the one quoted in the NYDN story.

"I don't know where it's coming from, I don't know these things. But I'm going to fix these things," Mangold declared. "It's disappointing that there's somebody out there, but I don't think this should be an issue for us going forward."

Mangold also took offense to the insinuation that Sanchez was lazy, and pointed out the time Sanchez put in, sometimes staying until 7 or 8 o'clock at night memorizing the team's playbook with flash cards.

"I think the biggest thing that I took away from it that Mark is lazy and that his teammates didn't have his back. That right there is just wrong. I've never seen anybody work as hard as Mark has and I support him fully and I think the locker room does as well."

But with the way the Jets locker room has been behaving lately, who can tell for sure?

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