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BY NICK ST. DENIS
One thing that got lost in Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie's interview with ESPN's First Take Tuesday, because of his comments on being the team's second-best receiver, was his take on Gang Green's quarterback situation.
Cromartie said the relationship between starter Mark Sanchez and backup/Wildcat signal-caller Tim Tebow is good, adding that Sanchez is not only the offense's, but the whole team's, clear-cut leader.
"The media blows it up more than what it is," Cromartie said of the media-created quarterback controversy. "They wanna make a competition out of it. ... It's not a competition at all. This is Mark Sanchez's offense, this is his football team. He's going to lead us... He's led us to two AFC Championship games.
"We had a bad year last year collectively, offensively and defensively. We didn't do the things on the defensive side of the ball to give the offense opportunities on the other side of the ball."
Sanchez seems to have the team's full support despite many members of the football media, both national and local, trying to portray the contrary.
And as for Cromartie's comments on being the next-best receiver on the team behind Santonio Holmes: so what?
Probably-future-Hall-of-Famer Jason Taylor was on ESPN's NFL32 Wednesday defending Cromartie, explaining that teammates get on each other all the time about who's the best at what and that it was just good-natured ribbing.
I agree with him. Everyone needs to lighten up, Chaz Schilens included. Schilens needs to focus on proving that he's better than rookie Stephen Hill, not Cromartie.
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