Without a quarterback, who knows if the 2016 Jets could have ever amounted to anything more than their 5-11 record. But defensive end Sheldon Richardson and wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s feud in the locker room certainly didn’t help. Marshall is now with the Giants (his fifth team), which should benefit both teams, but that’s not stopping Richardson from letting their past go.
On Tuesday, Richardson kept the beef going, telling reporters the Jets’ locker room climate has improved significantly. As if the reason wasn’t obvious enough, reporters still asked why, and Richardson continued:
“I’ll just say we’ve got 15 reasons why it’s better.”
‘Locker room’s easier to get along with now’
’15 reasons why’
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 23, 2017
For those who were smart enough to not watch the Jets last season, Marshall wore No. 15.
Marshall had the best season of his career in 2015 with the Jets, catching 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. But last season he become mostly a non-factor in the team’s inept, quarterback-less offense. He and Richardson got into a heated argument after a Week 3 loss to the Chiefs, and Marshall eventually asked for his release after the season.
Marshall responded to Richardson’s comments with civility Tuesday evening, telling Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin:
“Last year was an extremely difficult season for all of us. Players and coaches fought their tails off trying to get our season turned around and it didn’t happen for us. It was disappointing, but now it’s a fresh year for Sheldon, for myself, for the Jets, and now I’m a Giant and I’m so excited for this opportunity.”
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) May 23, 2017
It sounds like Marshall has put his time with the Jets, including his negative relationship with Richardson, behind him.