Cromartie: Mark Sanchez didn't cause Jets problems
By Andy Fenelon NFL.com
Published: Jan. 25, 2013 at 04:41 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 at 05:11 p.m.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- With lots of news swirling around the possibility of the New York Jets trading All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, the team's ever-controversial quarterback situation has been knocked off the New York tabloids' back pages.
But it's just as relevant. And the lone member of the Jets in Hawaii this week for the Pro Bowl believes the solution already exists on the roster.
More importantly, cornerback Antonio Cromartie insinuates, a change at general manager should be the impetus for improvement.
Cromartie -- without mentioning Mike Tannenbaum's name -- threw the former Jets GM under the bus that Tannenbaum left town on earlier this month, saying the problems quarterback Mark Sanchez had in 2013 laid at the feet of Tannenbaum, not Sanchez.
"We have confidence in Mark," Cromartie said Friday after the AFC's morning walk-through. "Like I've always said, even with the whole (Tim) Tebow thing, if we're going to sign Mark to a three-year extension, we need to make sure we put guys around him.
"If he has good, veteran players around him -- ones that know how to practice and compete at a high level every day -- then you'll have a better quarterback. But when you don't have a supporting cast around him, you're going to get an average or below-average quarterback. That's what we got."
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