Former NFL running back LaDanian Tomlinson doesn't appear to have much faith in his former teammate with the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez. As Sanchez tries to heal from an injury, the Jets have named rookie Geno Smith as starter for the opener and time being. According to Yahoo Sports on Sept. 4, 2013, Tomlinson actually believes this move isn't so temporary.
Tomlinson has been out of the league for two years now, but he still has plenty to say about his former team. On his Sirius XM show on Tuesday afternoon, Adam Schein asked Tomlinson whether or not he believes he'll be the starter again.
“No, I don’t think Mark will be a starter again in the NFL. I think there’s certainly potential for him to be a backup and then get a starting job for half the year or what have you that way,” Tomlinson said. “But I think his days as a full time starter are pretty much over. Because you’ve got to realize in football, for a quarterback, you’re going to get three to five years in an organization to prove that you’re the franchise guy. I mean that’s just what it is. And if you don’t do it in that time frame then they’re going to move on to somebody else and then you’re position now will become a backup.”
Tomlinson has never been one to mince words as he was overly crucial of his teammates in New York when he was still with the team. Once he retired in 2011, Tomlinson went off on his ex-teammates even more and went off on how they just didn't have their hearts in the game.
Now, he has come right out and said that he believes Sanchez's starting days in the NFL are over.
Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Jets in week one as Sanchez heals up a shoulder injury that actually never should have happened. Now, it will be even more interesting to see how things go once he is back and ready to play.