The New York Jets 2011 season was laced with rumors of locker room mayhem that continue to define their offseason.
The Jets can't figure out how to dole the finishing blow to these whispers, which haunt them like the impervious monster of a horror flick.
The murmurs centered around alleged player dissatisfaction with quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Not only were players implicated in the mess, but rumors even circulated alleging that the Jets organization was exploring other options at the quarterback position.
The mounting locker room tension played out on the field in the final game of last season. Wideout Santonio Holmes was benched for mouthing off in the huddle.
The incident caused one anonymous player to proclaim that Holmes had quit long before the Week 17 incident.
But then the offseason hit. Cornerback Darrelle Revis vowed to end the locker room war, Sanchez kissed and made up with Holmes over dinner, and the Jets reaffirmed their faith in their starter, inking Sanchez to a three-year, $40.5 million extension.
And just when you thought the monster was dead, it poked open its eyes and breathed life anew.
Sanchez called the anonymous players who spoke out against him at the season's end "gutless," and the Jets' front office completely undermined the signal they sent with the long-term contract extension by taking on Tim Tebow as New York's backup quarterback—or, could it be his replacement?
Naturally, the Tebow trade came just a day after Antonio Cromartie tweeted:
Then rumors flared up that Sanchez was stunned by the Tebow trade.
More speculation, more whispers.
No matter how many times the Jets front office comes out and sings "Kumbaya," these rumors won't quit.
And with Tebow on the squad, the monster is likely to stay lurking through next season.