While head coach Rex Ryan engages in some needless back-and-forth with Chargers coach Norv Turner, the players within the Jets' locker room apparently aren't any more mature.
The 3-3 Jets have a tough few weeks ahead of them, with the 4-1 Chargers, 4-2 Bills and 5-1 Patriots on the schedule. If they're going to survive that stretch, it won't be with any help from locker room leadership, according to former Jet Kris Jenkins.
"Now, they just erased that off their team," Jenkins said on ESPN radio regarding the leadership provided by himself, Shaun Ellis and Damien Woody. "Now you have guys that, yeah, they're good, they can play their positions, but they don't have the experience to take on those responsibilities, so what happens? You get a catty locker room."
That was seen last week, when Santonio Holmes criticized the offensive line for its failure to protect Mark Sanchez. Brandon Moore snapped back, and the Jets had a full-fledged mess on their hands. That was just one week after Derrick Mason almost assuredly complained to Ryan about the offensive game plan and was shortly thereafter shipped out of town.
Ryan put a Band-Aid on the Holmes-Moore situation by naming both of them captains for Monday night's game, but Jenkins said that the players are too focused on games, when more can be accomplished off the field and in the locker room.
"They're not trying to put the hard work in to become a leader inside-out," he said. "They just want it on the outside and for everyone to see them for how special they are. The thing I had a personal issue with when I was there was guys trying to copyright things and be known for what they're saying and this show and that show."
How will Bart Scott respond? Can't wait to find out.
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