New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Thursday responded to the reports of unnamed teammates criticizing him after the 2011 season, calling it “gutless,” according to ESPN.com.
"It is a gutless thing to do," Sanchez said in reference to the anonymous attacks, according to ESPN.com.
He added: "If you're not going to put your name on something, why waste anybody's time? Obviously, they had strong opinions about it, but not strong enough to say who they were.”
Sanchez, 25, also added his reasoning for staying quiet after the season was over, saying that what happens on the field is all that matters, according to ESPN.com.
"Whether I come out and try to defend myself or not, it doesn't matter unless you go win games," he said. "That's the ultimate goal. That's the ultimate defense, winning games. Go win games next year and this is all a distant memory and a great lesson. That's the plan."
Sanchez struggled last season, throwing 18 interceptions with a 78.2 QB rating. He accepted some of the blame for his rift with wide receiver Santonio Holmes, but added the two have been in “constant communication,” according to ESPN.com.
"I don't want to speak for Santonio, but I know I underachieved," Sanchez said. "I think there were some things I could've handled better with him and our communication."