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Mike Tolbert doubts he’d fit the Jets: “I let my play do the talking”

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After four years with the Chargers, Mike Tolbert becomes an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. He’s excited to land with a new team, but in an interview today he mentioned one place where he doesn’t think he’d fit: The New York Jets’ locker room.

Tolbert told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he thinks he’d be a good fit in the Jets’ offense, sharing the carries with Shonn Greene. But he said he doesn’t think his personality would be a good fit because, “they do sometimes have that whole media circus thing going on and I’m not the type of person that gets into the whole limelight thing and throwing players under the bus and stuff like that.”

Tolbert said he isn’t a big talker and therefore questions how well he’d mesh with the loudmouth Jets.

I like letting my play do the talking,” Tolbert said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t like to do a lot of talking off the field. I like to do it in between the lines. So that’s a place that I would think about but I’m not too sure that I would end up going there.”

Tolbert’s take on the Jets is that they have too many players who “seek out the limelight just so they can be seen.”

“If that’s their personality, if that’s the way they want to do it, that’s fine, but I’m not that type of guy,” Tolbert said.

If the Jets were interested in Tolbert before, they probably aren’t now.

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41 Responses to “Mike Tolbert doubts he’d fit the Jets: “I let my play do the talking””
  1. jaggedmark says: Mar 12, 2012 6:43 PM

    Tolbert is dead on. If you like playing more than talking, the Jets aren’t for you.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 12, 2012 6:44 PM

    smart guy

  3. jh012 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Sure does sound like talking off the field. Tolbert is a pretty good player but it isnt a good idea to make enemies when your a career backup.

  4. kylecleric says: Mar 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Pats would be happy to have him.

  5. ampats says: Mar 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Not a hater, Pats,Dolphins or Bills fan.
    Just an NFL player speaking the truth about the most dysfunctional loud mouthed team that has accomplished nothing in over 44 years.
    Not to worry jets fans, just eat the cap hit next year when you cut Mark Sanchez after drafting Matt Barkley for your new Head Coach.

  6. boston303 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:49 PM

    “like”

  7. rethinklogic says: Mar 12, 2012 6:51 PM

    490 rushing yards last year? Yeah, your play is doing the talking

  8. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Mar 12, 2012 6:51 PM

    Tolbert is such a versatile back, especially for a player of his size. Crazy how San Diego continues to lose RBs like Tolbert, Sproles, and Turner year after year. Put him on any contender and he will be a valuable piece.

  9. IainRWB says: Mar 12, 2012 6:52 PM

    Sounds like just the sort of guy the Jets should add!

  10. raynman49 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:55 PM

    If the Giants can afford him, it would be a great fit. He’s a better short yardage back than Jacobs was.

  11. jagerbolt says: Mar 12, 2012 6:56 PM

    Tolbert, I will miss your Stanky Leg TD celebration. Had me laughing every time.

  12. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 12, 2012 7:01 PM

    Scrubs like Tolbert SHOULD shut their mouths.

  13. jrcoop says: Mar 12, 2012 7:02 PM

    As I’ve said before… is there a team going down hill faster than the Jets? Even the Raiders seem to moving in the right direction.

  14. gerard33 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:05 PM

    sounds like a CHIEF!!

  15. granadafan says: Mar 12, 2012 7:10 PM

    He doesn’t put his foot in his mouth. Therefore, Tolbert is a bad fit on the Jets.

  16. mdc21787 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:11 PM

    New favorite running-back.

  17. timmons94 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:12 PM

    have they quit drinking in Foxboro since the Sanchez extension ? my goodness, that organization is as mickey mouse as the Pirates

  18. quizguy66 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:12 PM

    Hope my Bengals give him a good look.

    -QG

  19. kosarsmyidol says: Mar 12, 2012 7:20 PM

    Sign him, Tom Heckert!

  20. zaggs says: Mar 12, 2012 7:23 PM

    There is another New York team he said he’d be happy to play for. And they did just cut a big running back…..

  21. mikebe1 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:30 PM

    if he came to the jets he would love 99% of the players we all know who the 1% is.

  22. steeelfann says: Mar 12, 2012 8:40 PM

    Tolbert, Hillis, or Jacobs, please come by Pittsburgh for a visit. We would love you. Especially you Tolbert. You are Steeler material.

  23. monropoobah says: Mar 12, 2012 8:42 PM

    ampats says:Mar 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Not a hater, Pats,Dolphins or Bills fan.
    Just an NFL player speaking the truth about the most dysfunctional loud mouthed team that has accomplished nothing in over 44 years.
    Not to worry jets fans, just eat the cap hit next year when you cut Mark Sanchez after drafting Matt Barkley for your new Head Coach.
    ———————————————————-imagine the kind of life you have to lead to spend time on the jets blog during the offseason with this kind of drivel. what a sad sack.

  24. khuxford says: Mar 12, 2012 8:44 PM

    He kinda just did do some talking, though. His interview where he trash talks on the Jets…umm…trash talk contradicts what he’s trying to say.

    That said, I have to disagree with Smith: I don’t think this makes the Jets less interested. If they learned anything from last year, this has to be a net-neutral or net-positive development in Tolbert’s favor: he’s the kind of personality they need more of and signing someone who just told the world that he’s that kind of guy would be good PR for the team.

  25. jagsfanugh says: Mar 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    Who?

  26. peepeetoucher says: Mar 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    ampats says: Mar 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Not a hater, Pats,Dolphins or Bills fan.
    Just an NFL player speaking the truth about the most dysfunctional loud mouthed team that has accomplished nothing in over 44 years.
    Not to worry jets fans, just eat the cap hit next year when you cut Mark Sanchez after drafting Matt Barkley for your new Head Coach.

    Why do you type the same comment for every Jets story on this site over and over again? If your gonna be a troll, at least try to be entertaining instead of one with OCD…

  27. mswravens says: Mar 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    WOW! My respect for this guy just went throug the roof!!!

  28. amgdds says: Mar 12, 2012 9:05 PM

    Is that you, Tolbert?! This isn’t very funny, you know. I’m hung over! My knees are killin’ me and if you’re going to pull this sh!t at least you could’ve said you were from the Yankees.

  29. profootballwalk says: Mar 12, 2012 9:16 PM

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis with less yards and a lot more fumbles.

  30. abninf says: Mar 12, 2012 9:31 PM

    You mean he doesn’t like rats in the locker room?

  31. tropboi11 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:33 PM

    Get em, Tolbert

  32. hoite says: Mar 12, 2012 9:59 PM

    ampats says:
    Mar 12, 2012 6:47 PM
    Not a hater, Pats,Dolphins or Bills fan.
    Just an NFL player speaking the truth about the most dysfunctional loud mouthed team that has accomplished nothing in over 44 years.
    Not to worry jets fans, just eat the cap hit next year when you cut Mark Sanchez after drafting Matt Barkley for your new Head Coach.

     —————————–

    Dude you are obsessed with the Jets!!! You take time out of your day to post in every Jets story!!

    What’s the matter? Still got butt hurt that we urinated on your 14-2 season? Or are you more angry we made lil Tommy cry? Him and wes holding each other was so sweet…aww.

    Giselle your new o coordinator yet?

  33. nyjalleffingday says: Mar 12, 2012 10:08 PM

    What makes him think the Jets are even interested, he’s not even a good player, lol.

  34. meytonpanning says: Mar 12, 2012 11:44 PM

    He’d be much better if he could hold onto a football.

  35. wannabeqb says: Mar 13, 2012 1:02 AM

    Interesting how a year ago players were lining up to play for Rex & the Jets because “who wouldn’t want a coach like Rex!?”. A year down the line and the loadmouths are now a reason for players staying away.

  36. bigjoe2269 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:08 AM

    coming from a guy that played on the chargers…lol I have to laugh

  37. bigjoe2269 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:12 AM

    lol quite a career he has had – all 4 of his seasons equal one very solid season for a rb 341 carries for 1,410 yards

  38. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:16 PM

    But…but…I thought everyone wanted to play for Rex?

    The Jets may well be staring at 4th place in the AFC East next year. Their defense slipped notably last season. And between problems in the locker room, an overall lack of talent and a HC who’s bluster has grown tiresome…

  39. bigjoe2269 says: Mar 13, 2012 6:33 PM

    yeah boy we slipped all the way down to 5th overall – lol you haters make me laugh

  40. footballfan80 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:30 PM

    Hey Mr. Tolbert! If you like to let your play do the talking maybe you SHOULD join the Jets. Remember what team you were on the last 3 years? The Chargers, who have a whopping zero playoff victories over that span. Plus your team isnt winning the regular season wins award now either.

  41. footballfan80 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:32 PM

    rc33:
    If by 4th you mean second then you are probably right. Dont forget you have two of the most inept franchises in the whole league in that division. The Bills and Dolphins have a COMBINED TOTAL OF ZERO playoff wins over the last freakin decade.

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