Originally written on The Jersey Jets Fan  |  Last updated 10/20/14

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24: Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter with teammates Nick Mangold #74 and Brad Smith #16 while playing against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Your browser does not support iframes. Serious question, is there anyone on the Jets as respectable as Nick Mangold? Just listening to this interview, you can tell the kind of player on teammate that Nick Mangold is, a clear leader. When “anonymous players” were quick to bash Mark Sanchez recently in a piece from Manish Mehta, Mangold was the first person to come to Mark’s defense on Twitter. He immediately followed up the report by Mehta, which called Mark Sanchez “lazy” and content” with the following tweet:
This nydn.us/xnShGZ by @TheJetsStream is false. If “unnamed sources” want to attack Mark, man up and put your name to it #JETS -@NickMangold
It was easy for the media, fans and players alike to blame Mark Sanchez for the end of the season troubles, but when you really boil it down, it was a total team effort. The team itself didn’t play well, not just Mark Sanchez. It was the offensive line, it was the running backs, the defense in 3rd down, etc. The Jets just didn’t play up to par. If only there were more players on the New York Jets with the team-first attitude shown by Mangold, the Jets might still be playing. Firing Brian Schottenheimer and bringing in Tony Sparano was the first of many necessary changes that occured with the Jets and I’m sure we’ll see more as the off-season develops. There are a host of players who have finished out their contracts including aging veterans such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Plaxico Burress, Bart Scott (contract isn’t over but the Jets may terminate it), and Jim Leonhard (who is coming off another serious injury). This off-season will surely be a crucial one for the general direction of the Jets franchise for years to come, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out. Who stays, who goes, and why did it “all go wrong”, stay tuned!

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