Former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller sounded like he was putting all the blame for the team's failures over the past two seasons squarely on everyone but his old quarterback Mark Sanchez and seemed happy to get away from Gang Green and the tumultuous atmosphere.
"There's always some type of nonsense," Keller said. "We didn't go to the playoffs the year before but it seemed like we were in the media more than anybody else for the wrong reasons and you never want that. Could that have anything to do with the season -- kind of -- things falling apart? I really don't know."
Speaking on Sirius XM yesterday, Keller — who left the Jets as a free agent during the offseason and signed with their division-rival Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal after an injury-plagued 2012 — criticized the Jets but stuck up for his old quarterback.
The former favorite target of Sanchez's said that the incumbent quarterback probably didn't like the fact that the team took Geno Smith in the second round.
"It definitely lit a fire underneath him, I think," Keller said. "I’ve talked to him a couple times this offseason, and he’s been working. So I think you can expect some good things from him.”
Keller hung out socially with Sanchez during his time with the Jets, so his comments don't come as a big surprise. The two are good friends and, like he said, still keep in contact.
The tight end still has his buddy's back and believes Sanchez can hold on to the starter's job even after his miserable 2012 play.
"I think he'll be able to pick things up and get back on the right track this year," Keller said.