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Matt Forte: We’re not tanking the season

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When the Jets’ offseason house cleaning moved on to linebacker David Harris and wide receiver Eric Decker over the last week or so, it wasn’t hard to find people sharing their opinion that the Jets look like a team doing everything they can to get the first overall pick of the 2018 draft.

Arguing that a team with just five players over the age of 28 isn’t in rebuilding mode would be difficult, but one of those players pushed back against the notion that the Jets will be OK with losing a lot in 2017. Running back Matt Forte scoffed at the idea that the Jets won’t be competitive with their current roster or that the outside opinions of the team are taking root in the locker room.

“It’s a good thing we don’t operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks,” Forte said, via the Associated Press. “What we think as a team, that’s what’s going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we’re going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it.”

Forte is entering his second year with the Jets and his $4 million in guaranteed salary for the coming season may be the reason why he survived the purge of veterans this offseason. That may not save him if the Jets’ decision makers opt for bottoming out completely, but he says he hasn’t heard or worried about anything on that front.

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9 Responses to “Matt Forte: We’re not tanking the season”
  1. bighoser says: Jun 14, 2017 6:50 PM

    They’ll keep Forte on as long as he keeps saying the right things like “We’re not tanking” when they obviously are.

  2. bencoates57 says: Jun 14, 2017 7:12 PM

    I want to hear from NFL players who ever carried the nickname “Tank.”

  3. hawkwind8 says: Jun 14, 2017 7:13 PM

    God bless him! He is a really good person and I would welcome him on my team, even if he is getting a little long in the tooth.

  4. burtmustin says: Jun 14, 2017 7:23 PM

    Todd Bowles is better and classier than the ridiculous organization he is currently employed with, and I hope it works out for him.

  5. irsaysneedle says: Jun 14, 2017 7:32 PM

    jets tanking? how would you even be able to tell the difference???

  6. mongo3401 says: Jun 14, 2017 7:33 PM

    He is right. The players aren’t but the owner is. SUK 4 LUK part 2

  7. waynefontesismyfather says: Jun 14, 2017 7:55 PM

    LOL!!! Needed a good laugh today, thanks Matt that was hilarious. We don’t believe you but it was good for a laugh.

  8. electricboogalo says: Jun 14, 2017 8:08 PM

    Forte is a helleva player and seems like a good guy, but Bears to Jets? Sheesh, this guy can’t catch a break.

  9. alonestartexan says: Jun 14, 2017 8:28 PM

    I often get irritated when players say something to the effect of “I don’t care what the fans think.” It’s even more irritating when some fans themselves make the argument that fans don’t matter.

    If it weren’t for FANS watching games on TV, paying outrageous amounts of money for tickets, merchandise, cable subscriptions, ect, ect, then there would be no NFL. If the fans didn’t go to games or watch games on TV, there’d be no product.

    Granted, in this situation fan opinion means nothing, BUT it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the Jets are indeed trying to tank.

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