Jets Owner Woody Johnson Breaks Silence, Defends Mark Sanchez

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — It seems there’s a Mark Sanchez defender for every reported detractor in the Jets organization.

Jets owner Woody Johnson was the latest to stand by Sanchez on Thursday.

Johnson, appearing on MSNBC on Thursday to discuss his support of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, said a New York Daily News report in which an anonymous player said Sanchez was “lazy” is off base.

“He’s the first guy in the building every morning and the last guy to leave,” Johnson said. “So, the last thing he is is lazy.”

Another player suggested to Manish Mehta of the Daily News that the Jets should do all they can to try to bring in Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, if he’s healthy, because Sanchez isn’t improving.

Listen: Joe & Evan with Daily News’ Manish Mehta

Matt Slauson, Marcus Dixon, Sione Pouha and Nick Mangold have all declared their support for Sanchez since the report was published.

It’s the first time Johnson has commented publicly since Rex Ryan’s team finished 8-8 and out of the postseason for the first time in three years.

“Even if it’s an 8-8 record, that’s not good enough,” said Johnson. “(New York fans) want a winner. And there is frustration. And that’s what you want.”

He added that the Jets have “a lot of work to do” to turn things around next season.

Are you a Sanchez defender or detractor? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • JIm

    sanchez is the man. the line sucked. how about players catch the damn ball. KELLER!!!! Or not fumble HOLMES!!!!!!!! How about a decent pass rush…….Sanchez was lucky to make it through the season with all the hits he took………He prob walks the streets looking over his shoulder now……THANKS REX!!!!!!! RUN THE TEAM NOT YOUR BIG MOUTH

  • jorge

    The overall performance of a quarterback depends a lot on his support cast,
    and Sanchez did not have that at all.His offensive line was terrible, the play calling was very spotty, and finally sanchez is still young and learning. hes a very tough player to be able to take the beating that he took and still get up and continue playing.
    Would love to get rid of Holmes, but with the cap hit, it wont be possible…

  • Tony from NJ

    Obviously, we don’t know what goes on in the locker room or practice field, however, Sanchez does not seem to convey that he has any sense or urgency or that he takes anything too seriously.

    That said, Sanchez is not to only major problem on the team. Holmes needs to be pulled by the ear and sat in front of the team on a stool with a duncecap on his head.

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