NEW YORK (WFAN) — With offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer gone, it’s Mark Sanchez’s turn to man the Jets’ hot seat.

According to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, several Jets players are unhappy with the play and work ethic of their quarterback. It’s gotten to the point, Mehta reports, that there’s a growing call within the organization — and in the locker room — for New York to acquire a veteran quarterback to “push” Sanchez.

Someone like Peyton Manning?

“We already have his coach — Tom Moore,” one player told Mehta. “He will get his playmakers the ball. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton.”

“If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid,” another source said. “If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”

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Manning, for years the heart and soul of the Indianapolis Colts, is rehabbing from multiple neck surgeries. His health and the likely selection of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the NFL draft will factor into the Colts’ decision whether or not to trade — or release — Manning.

According to Mehta, Sanchez is seen in the locker room as a coddled QB that can’t handle tough talk.

“They treat him like a baby instead of a man,” said the unnamed player. “He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth.”

It didn’t take long for mixed reactions to pour in via Twitter.

“HOW ironic. Someone rips one person for not being a ‘man’ in an ANONYMOUS statement,” one fan tweeted.

Another wrote: “If Jets want to win they need to replace Mark Sanchez.”

“What a disgrace!” posted a Cowboys backer. “Jets players bashing their own QB-wanting Peyton. Our players would never bash Romo!”

Jets center Nick Mangold was quick to defend Sanchez.

“If ‘unnamed sources’ want to attack Mark, man up and put your name to it,” Mangold tweeted Wednesday.

The quarterback’s practice habits were also questioned in the report.

“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” one player told Mehta. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”

Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC championship game his first two years. This season he regressed, and general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted the young quarterback needs to be more consistent.

He set a career-high with 26 touchdown passes, but nearly half of Sanchez’s 18 interceptions came in the last three games. One player told the Daily News that the Jets can basically forget about winning the Super Bowl with Sanchez continuing to make mistakes under center.

“How can we when he’s not improving at all?” the player said. “He thinks he is, but he’s not. He has shown us what he’s capable of.”

Perhaps the 25-year-old will shine under a new offensive coordinator. Schottenheimer informed the Jets on Tuesday that he won’t be back, and the Jets announced Wednesday that former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano will replace him.

Schottenheimer was highly criticized for Sanchez’s lack of progression — and an offense that ranked No. 25 overall.

Your thoughts on Sanchez and the situation in Gang Green’s locker room? Sound off below…

Comments (17)
  1. Bob Pinto says:

    4get the jets ,i don;t know why they are still talking about that stuoid tema-

  2. jonthan says:

    please leave sanchez alone. He wasnt at his best, but lets not blame him for the jets not making the playoffs. We need to beef up the offensive line , get a pass rusher and a speedy wide reciever. How funny it is when players blame sanchez for being lazy???

    1. Mo says:

      I’m with you…There was enough blame to go around on this team,but these gutless sources have no balls–throwing Sanchez under the bus…YES, LEAVE SANCHEZ ALONE..

      To the unnamed sources on the JETS,grow a pair,own your words..

  3. Tommy C says:

    According to Manesh Whattafu_k….Who the hell is this cricket-playing clown. He wouldn’t know a football if it hit in the face . Het Mnaesh according to me your a idiot.

    1. GiantsFAN4EVA says:

      oh shut up Tommy you racist ignoramus

  4. bobby says:

    Peyton wouldn’t come to this LOSER and CLASSLESS Organization .The Players and Coach are loud mouth losers…..

  5. bobby says:

    These Pea brain players would throw their Mother under a bus.These players today are a disgrace .You can be blessed with god gifted talent but these players today are the dumbest of dumb .Just watch and listen to these attention seeking morons .What a shame they think just can’t keep their mouths SHUT .Pathetic ……

  6. Dres says:

    “Regressed” nothing. He was never that good to begin with. Benefit of an excellent run game, offensive line and defense. Now that those three aspects have tapered off, he’s being exposed for what everyone outside of New Jersey saw, a very average/below average quarterback.

  7. Mike M says:

    The Jets season is over. Go GIANTS!

  8. Jason says:

    Thats why you don’t draft a QB who was only a starter for 1 year in college. If Rex Ryan, a.k.a. “The Mouth”, wants to keep his job, he needs to let Sanchez and Macelroy duke it out for the job next year or go away.

  9. MIKE says:

    The Jets need to go after free agent Matt Flynn…26 y/o backup Green Bay QB. He threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns against Detroit a few weeks ago…that’s the young talent the Jets need to win a superbowl!

  10. Keith Matthews says:

    If you a QB on an NFL team, any team, not just the Jets, And you cant handle criticism, then GET THE HELL OUT of Pro Football, it isnt for whining cry babys who cant take it! This is a mans sport, you get paid a bunch of money, go earn it!

  11. matt says:

    Looks like the chickens are finally coming home to roost for this Jets team. Coddled young QB. Bad character guys. Fat loud-mouthed coach. This team has finally hit the wall of reality.

  12. EricMorgan says:

    Somebody had to say it. Maybe not Peyton, but get somebody please.

  13. Steven says:

    and if the “jets players” can’t put their name to the statement about Sanchez, then STFU.

  14. jazzhead says:

    Okay. The locker room is out of control. I thought Rex would have control but clearly, he doesn’t. This is all culture. He needs to get rid of a whole bunch of malcontents, and rebuild. Like in any organization, negativity spreads like wildfire, and can contaminate even positive people. Well, here’s the formula: lose “chemistry” people, hire “toxins” and there goes your organization. This will take several seasons to fix. First, he has to change the people, or CHANGE the people. Good luck…

    1. Keith Matthews says:

      He will be gone first. The Jets are just like their coach, LOUD MOUTHS!

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