"It doesn't matter," Forte told reporters, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "He's not here. He hasn't been here the whole offseason or whatever, so he doesn't know what chance we have or anyone has. So that’s Brandon speaking on Brandon. That’s about all I have to say on that."
On July 13, Marshall appeared on WFAN's Boomer & Carton and explained he had to break free from Gang Green if he wanted to personally enjoy next season.
"For me, I just knew I couldn’t be in that environment," Marshall said (via the New York Post's Brian Costello).
"I think everyone knows the type of personality I am at this point in my career. I wouldn't have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn't have a chance. That’s all you want as a player — you just want a chance."
Forte, though, has had no time for detractors.
"People make all these predictions and stuff, and things go the opposite way," he said. "Like everybody's saying with tanking and that stuff. We don't care what anybody else says, it's about us."
According to Odds Shark, the Jets opened as whopping 33-1 underdogs to win the AFC East, while their win total over/under has been pegged at 4.5 as they prepare to open the 2017 season with Josh McCown under center and a new receiving corps that doesn't feature Marshall or Eric Decker.