Sheldon Richardson Implies Jets Locker Room Is Better Without Brandon Marshall

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Defensive End Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets follows the action against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson appeared to take a shot at former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall when asked about the atmosphere in the team's locker room.

"There are 15 reasons why it's better," Richardson said Tuesday, per the New York Post's Brian Costello.

Marshall wore the No. 15 in his two years with the Jets.                  

After the Jets released Marshall in March, the 33-year-old signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants. The Giants are the fifth team Marshall will have played for since entering the NFL in 2006.

In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week (h/t NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes), Jets running back Matt Forte said there was a lack of chemistry on the team last season.

"There's a difference between playing next to somebody and playing for them," Forte said. "We were at practice [last year] and I was like, 'Guys, everybody is out here as an individual and we're just playing next to the guy. Do you really know that guy?'"

Marshall had a unique way to describe the feeling around the team during an appearance on Showtime's Inside the NFL in January (h/t the Associated Press' Dennis Waszak Jr.).

"The best way I can describe it is, having a diaper on and never changing it," he said. "And just sitting in that diaper the whole year. That's how our year was. It was a bad year."

The internal problems that plagued the Jets help explain why the team went from barely missing the playoffs in the final week of the 2015 season to going 5-11 a year ago.

Based on Richardson's comments, Marshall's departure could be a case of addition by subtraction.

At the same time, Marshall finished first on the team in receptions (59) and second in receiving yards (788). Aside from a few mid-round selections in the 2017 draft, the Jets haven't done much to fill the void he left in the passing game.