It didn’t take long for the New York Jets to undergo some turmoil, as they appear to be a team who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble every time they open their mouths. The best thing about the Jets’ controversy is that it is always someone new.
That is what makes it ever so interesting.
In the past, head coach Rex Ryan has spoken out about – well, everything – and gotten his team some unnecessary heat. Then, it was Darrelle Revis. And then Santonio Holmes. Then Mark Sanchez. So many Jets have taken their turn stirring up some controversial statements or actions.
This time? Well that would be none other than defensive back Antonio Cromartie.
The key in that line may have been defensive back. Yet Cromartie has publicly stated that he is the second best wide receiver on the team.
Yes, he did say wide receiver.
Now, had he called himself the second best defensive back on the team, behind presumably Revis, one could not argue. But Cromartie is a defensive back. He is not a wide receiver. Therefore, you can understand why some of the receivers on the Jets took a bit of offense to what Cromartie had to say.
Chaz Schilens, for one, happens to have taken Cromartie’s comments as a bit of a ‘slight.’
“We’ll address it on the football field,” said Schilens. ”… I think it’s a slight, I’m not going to lie. I just wouldn’t say it, it’s not something I would say but I’m not him I guess.”
The only player Cromartie feels he would be behind on the Jets’ wide receiver depth chart would be Holmes, so he would be smart to just stay away from the comments. Aside from Schilens, others who could possibly use Cromartie’s comments as fuel or fire include Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner, rookie Stephen Hill and countless others.
Hill, who could very well be the No. 2 guy as the season begins, decided he would not engage in a war of words with Cromartie.
“I’m just trying to be Stephen Hill and stay in my place,” Hill said.
“I always feel like I’m the best receiver on the team,” Hill went on to say. “Of course Santonio is the veteran but as a wide receiver you always want to be the best and that’s how I feel.”
Schilens, however, is less than pleased.
“I think he thinks receiver is a little different than what it actually is,” Schilens said. “He’s unbelievably talented and he plays cornerback. Everyone knows Cro is unbelievably athletically gifted, very fast, but I’ve played with a lot of receivers and playing receiver is more than about playing fast. I kind of thought it was a joke but then I guess he said it. It’s my job to fix that situation.”
Actually, it is probably Ryan’s job to fix it, and he said he is fully aware of what the situation is as training camp just began.
“I’m going to say this right now, listen to me when I tell you this,” Ryan said, “I’m aware of what was said. OK? I’m on top of it, I’m telling you that right now. I’m on top of it, and it will not be a problem. And that’s all that I’m going to say about the whole thing. You guys know what was said and back and forth. Not playing it out through the media. We will handle this, I will handle this, I’m aware of it, we’ll handle it.”
The Jets have to hope Ryan and the rest of the team handle things better this time around than in the past.