Reporter: Sanchez sources carry weight

Either Mark Sanchez is only one of many problems that led to the Jets’ demise or he’s become the unofficial whipping boy for all gone wrong in New York. Apparently, it depends on whom you ask.

A season of over-hyped expectations surrounding the Jets ended in a not-so-silent thud of missing the playoffs. The critics raged, and at the center of the storm over the travesty was Sanchez, who turned in an uneven season at best.

When Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News finished reporting on the dysfunction within the Jets’ walls, Sanchez was portrayed as “lazy,” “content” and a player who wasn’t improving by unnamed players and members of the organization.

Mehta insists those sources carry weight.

“I talked to several people, really up and down the organization, from players on up,” he told NFL Network on Wednesday. “It’s obvious that there’s a clear division within the building about whether Mark Sanchez is the long-term solution at quarterback.”

Well, the backlash now is in full swing, as many others within the locker room are stepping up to defend Sanchez.

Mehta called it “difficult” to characterize the anti-Sanchez movement as widespread, but he said the opinion wasn’t isolated and called the number who don’t believe the quarterback is the future as “significant.”

“I think the point of the story was to find out how the people in the building truly feel about their quarterback,” Mehta said. “Let’s be honest, this was not all Mark Sanchez’s fault. The Jets did not miss the playoffs just because of their quarterback. … I don’t think it’s fair to lay it all on Mark Sanchez. But I also think that it’s not realistic to say everything is rosy regarding this quarterback.”

No, not so rosy. And as the Jets continue to talk about things that should be kept in-house, it might just be the tip of the iceberg.  Maybe Derek Mason was dead-on.

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