LaRon Landry says Jets offense in need of help
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- LaRon Landry believed back in March that he had joined a playoff contender. But after Monday night's embarrassing 14-10 loss in Tennessee -- one that eliminated them from postseason play -- the veteran safety isn't so sure his future will involve the Jets.
"Once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen," he told Newsday Wednesday.
"But you've gotta have . . .," he added, taking a long pause, ". . . some weapons, you know?"
So did the Jets not have enough weapons to be successful this season?
"I'm not going to say that, but we didn't get in the playoffs," Landry explained. "Put it this way: We can't get 14 points this past game [against the Titans].
"What playoff team would we beat?
"What? Is defense going to score? We need some help. That's what I mean."
After spending the past two seasons rehabbing from an Achilles and foot injury, he came to training camp expecting to make the playoffs for the first time since his rookie year (2002). And playing for pride isn't enough for the fiercely competitive defensive back.
"I put in all the work. I want to get rewarded in a different way," Landry said.
He quickly clarified that more money wasn't his main objective. Landry said he took "way less" from the Jets -- a one-year, team-friendly $3.5 million deal -- because he was willing to prove his injuries wouldn't hold him back.
"And I've proved that I am healthy," said the safety, who has 93 tackles, seven passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown).
The fallout from the Jets' substandard season likely will be swift. But their offseason decisions regarding their future quarterback won't only affect Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy. Landry said all personnel moves will "definitely" factor into his decision to re-sign.
Landry's older brother Dawan, a former safety under Rex Ryan in Baltimore, told him this past offseason: "As soon as you visit the Jets, just sign." But after a second-straight season without a playoff appearance, Ryan's future as head coach seems just as tenuous as Sanchez and Tebow's.
"Come February, you have to sit down and talk, not just about defense, you have to talk about the team as a whole," Landry said. "Who's going to be at what position? Who's coaching me? Who's the DC [defensive coordinator]? All of that. I want to know everything."
But even with so much uncertainty surrounding this franchise, Landry made it clear he wants to remain a Jet for life.
"I want to be back," he said. "But I don't know what's said upstairs."