Shonn Greene denies that he wants Mark Sanchez to be replaced

New York Jets running back Shonn Greene did not have many nice things to say about teammate Mark Sanchez during his interview with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, but at least he attached his name to the quotes. Greene said he felt badly for Sanchez, but it seemed clear that he believes the Jets need to give Tim Tebow a shot given their 3-6 record with Sanchez starting this season.

On Thursday, Greene said that isn’t what he meant at all and that his words were twisted.

“What the quotes were was completely out of context,” Greene said according to Newsday. “What I said was, ‘We’re 3-6 and things need to change.’ I said nothing about changing quarterback, nothing about any single person on this team. I’ve been here four years. I’ve never once said anything about anybody on this team.”

Here is Greene’s exact quote from the Yahoo! Sports story. You be the judge.

“Something’s got to change. When you get to the point where you’re 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, ‘Oh, what would happen?’ But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it’s kind of an up-and-down thing. You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time, you want to win games. We’re not here to protect people’s feelings. If you want to win games, you’ve got to try something. If somebody’s not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It’s the same with coaching, or any position. You don’t mean to belittle someone … That’s just the harsh reality.”

I guess technically he didn’t come out and say “bench Sanchez,” but who else would he be talking about? Again, at least Green was willing to attach his name to it unlike the anonymous Jets players who blasted Tebow, so there’s no need for retired veterans to be throwing accusations around in this case. However, Greene insisting he was not saying New York needs a change at quarterback is very hard to believe after reading the quote.

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  • BCRoss89

    This is just another example of the Yahoo Sports journalism staff low journalistic standards and lack of credibility.
    Shonn did not say anything “bad” about Sanchez or his abilities.  Shonn talked about Winning and Losing, trying anything and everything possible to win, from top to bottom in the organization, how frustrating it is for everyone on the team. Silver’s announced reason for the interview was to talk to Greene about being a running back in the NFL…a slimy deception on Silver’s part, to get the trusting Greene, sadly lacking in media savvy, to drop his guard and speak frankly about being a running back for the Jets this season. Silver obviously slipped in several loaded questions about Sanchez on the unsuspecting Greene (clearly Silver’s real purpose for the interview). Silver editorialized in his article, drawing the harshest possible conclusions and opinions to continue fanning the fires on the recent media swirl (about the anonymous comments made by other team mates concerning Mark and Tim).  If I where managing media relations for the Jets, Silver and anyone from the Yahoo Sports desk would be black balled from access to the team.