Well, this had to have happened eventually. Darrelle Revis kicked off the New York Jets' annual descent into madness by simply failing the word association section of an ESPN interview. When given the term "locker room", Revis responded with "disarray right now".
Yeesh. This is not necessarily a surprise, but it adds fuel to the already Tim Tebow-induced fire. The furor that stemmed from the Tebow signing has, as Revis implied, helped add to the dysfunction that had been going on pre-Tebow.
Here's Revis on the Tebow signing: "I think he (Tebow) will have a big impact on [Sanchez] in terms of just trying to maybe push him a little bit more".
He then goes on to attempt to salvage the eminent commotion that comes from a statement like this, but the power of what he said still lingers. Tebow is the first backup player I can ever remember getting a freaking press conference, complete with the cartoonish nonsense that comes with such spectacles. He's obviously going to be a relevant part of the Jets' organization in some faction; this despite the fact that the Jets already have an able-bodied quarterback (a statement Jets fans may dispute in the comments section) which only makes such a showcase more ridiculous.
That's why the Jets' locker room is in disarray. They allow themselves — not their play, but the players — to become the show. Backup quarterbacks are team enigmas. Everything is the biggest deal. Last season, there was the Santonio Holmes "quitting" issue, the Bart Scott "frustration" mess and so on.
These stories could be found any place else in the NFL, but as the New York Jets play in New York, it gets magnified. It aggrandizes the problems these players have into giant ordeals, but in reality, they would be facing the same issues whether they were playing in New York or Kansas City. They appear to listen to the chatter, and buy into it.
Revis is right when he says the locker room is in disarray. How could it not be?
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