Another Country Heard From

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it did when Shonn Greene openly questioned the Jets decisions at the quarterback spot to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports yesterday.  A day following most Jets anonymous rally round Mark Sanchez in the Daily News, the Jets top running back popped the balloon on what looked to be a unilateral agreement in Mark Sanchez being vastly superior to the the team’s second option.

“Something’s got to change,” Jets running back Shonn Greene told Yahoo! Sports. “When you get to the point where you’re 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, ‘Oh, what would happen [if Tebow played]?’ But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it’s kind of an up-and-down thing.

“You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games. We’re not here to protect people’s feelings. If you want to win games, you’ve got to try something. If somebody’s not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It’s the same with coaching, or any position. You don’t mean to belittle someone or say ‘he sucks.’ That’s just the harsh reality.” — Shonn Greene on the Sanchez-Tebow dynamic

Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.com

Well, isn’t this just lovely?! The Jets are, yet again, using the media as a vehicle to vent their frustrations but, they seem to be learning–Greene did put his name to the quote. Still, if this doesn’t depict the deep divide currently affecting the Jets’ locker room then I don’t know what does.

Anyway you can picture it, it’s almost certainly to be a lose-lose for the Jets. If they start Sanchez, they run the risk of witnessing more performances like they did in Seattle. If they play Tebow, not only do you potentially lose the locker room entirely but now you run the risk of him doing potentially worse albeit silencing the calls for his name when realization sets in. Of course if Tebow does win, it’s bound to heal some wounds but by that point it may only be a moral victory if the Jets cannot turnaround their sputtering offense soon.

To be honest, with this quote coming from Greene, I feel as if it’s the blind leading the blind especially given his own performance this season which has been nothing short of disappointing. I will grant it does have some merits but even so, he should be the last person to talk since the “harsh reality” for him is that he’ll be lucky to be starting in the near future.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

When I read Greene’s comments, I’m torn on if it was a vote of confidence in a very backhanded way … or what it was exactly.  I’m inclined to think that’s the case, but it’s hard to see them in black and white and not at the very least take away that he’s willing to concede that there are players questioning Mark’s ability to run a dubious Sparano offense.

The irony of course is that Shonn Greene ‘sucks’ just as much as Mark Sanchez has for the first half of the season.  That Shonn Greene – a guy who is marginally playing better than Mark Sanchez so far- would give a national outlet those quotes is essentially mind-boggling.  Maybe it’s just an indication of how out of touch players are with what’s cycling up or down in the media on a given day.

Maybe Greene just got caught in a moment of candidness, but even if he says today that Silver misconstrued the comments, he’s publicly made allowance for the seed of doubt in players minds about Mark Sanchez.

If there was blood in the water before, Shonn Greene just cavalierly tossed in a big bucket of chum.