According to LaDainian Tomlinson, the Jets' confidence in Mark Sanchez is starting to erode. And the former NFL running back believes the fourth-year signal-caller is running out of time to turn things around.
"He is almost at the end of his rope," Tomlinson, who played two seasons under Rex Ryan, said Sunday morning on NFL Network's "First on the Field."
"Talking to guys in the Jets locker room, they are starting not to trust Sanchez as a football player; turning the football over, inconsistent play. They give him two to three more starts to try to turn this thing around, [and] then they will turn to Tim Tebow."
Just last week, Jets left guard Matt Slauson told Newsday columnist Bob Glauber "everybody knows that (No.) '6' gives us the best chance to win."
This isn't the first time Tomlinson has been outspoken about the Jets or his old teammates. During a Rich Eisen radio podcast interview in July, the future Hall of Famer said Santonio Holmes likely won't be happy if he isn't targeted a lot this season. Then, after the Jets' 48-point output against Buffalo in the season opener, Tomlinson said on WFAN that the Jets should scrap the Wildcat if their offense continues to flourish.
During that interview, however, Tomlinson was rather complimentary of Sanchez.
"He's your franchise quarterback," he said of his former quarterback. "And each year he's getting better and better, the numbers are proving it. And so, obviously, you have to see how much Mark can handle. And if he continues to handle this workload and progress the way he's progressing. You have to cut down on the Wildcat."
Then Tomlinson added with a laugh: "If you're going to score like this, it makes no sense to even have the Wildcat."