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Sheldon Richardson says there will be no tanking on his watch

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Don’t tell Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson the team is tanking this season.

Tanking for what?” Richardson responded when asked about it by NJ.com.

Told that some think the Jets are tanking this year so that they can draft a franchise quarterback first overall next year, Richardson scoffed.

“Whatever,” Richardson said. “I mean, I don’t tank nothing. So that’s all opinions outside of this organization. We don’t come here — and we’re not going to go through training camp, and have 14-hour days — to go tank a season. I’ll be damned.”

The issue, however, is not about the players playing to lose. Of course players play to win. Richardson isn’t going to allow an offensive lineman to block him, or forego a chance to sack a quarterback, just because it could help the Jets’ draft stock. The question is whether the Jets’ front office is building a team determined to win this year, or whether they’re more interested in building for the future.

On that front, it’s hard to argue that the Jets are doing anything other than building for the future. They’re shedding expensive veteran salaries and fielding this year’s team on the cheap. Richardson will be playing to win on Sundays, but the front office is putting together a team that probably can’t win five games.

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24 Responses to “Sheldon Richardson says there will be no tanking on his watch”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Jun 20, 2017 2:46 PM

    expect to be traded or cut, big
    mouth

    what a massive disappointment for #13 overall

  2. bkostela says: Jun 20, 2017 2:47 PM

    Building a team for the future and tanking are two completely different things.

  3. bullcharger says: Jun 20, 2017 3:04 PM

    Why would you ask the players that? That’s embarrassing. The players aren’t actually tanking. Management is tanking by not giving them the talent level required to win games. I am sure the players and the coach to will play to win.

  4. toybkshr says: Jun 20, 2017 3:07 PM

    LMAO!

  5. tvguy22 says: Jun 20, 2017 3:09 PM

    “…Of course players play to win…”

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    Disagree.

  6. redclaw1314 says: Jun 20, 2017 3:22 PM

    Come on Sheldon–get with the program

  7. tylawspick6 says: Jun 20, 2017 3:30 PM

    prepare to watch the pats drop 40+ two times
    on you this year

  8. firecracker87 says: Jun 20, 2017 3:54 PM

    The issue, however, is not about the players playing to lose. Of course players play to win. Richardson isn’t going to allow an offensive lineman to block him, or forego a chance to sack a quarterback, just because it could help the Jets’ draft stock. The question is whether the Jets’ front office is building a team determined to win this year, or whether they’re more interested in building for the future.
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    The difference between a well run organization and a poorly run organization. Since BB took over the Pats they build for the season rather than for future seasons. You’ll never hear BB plan the way the Jets are. LOL

  9. laces out says: Jun 20, 2017 4:15 PM

    Considering Todd Bowles and the GM are on the hot seat, I can’t see them fully on board with the plan to lose

  10. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 4:21 PM

    Boy, it’s impossible to see how they could be anywhere near as good as last year’s 5-11. But this is the Jets – they got to play hard because they know if they deliberately tank they’d still mess it up and beat Jax.

  11. nonnieynonniey says: Jun 20, 2017 4:23 PM

    Still trying to get cut or traded I see.

  12. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 4:32 PM

    firecracker87 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 3:54 PM
    The difference between a well run organization and a poorly run organization. Since BB took over the Pats they build for the season rather than for future seasons. You’ll never hear BB plan the way the Jets are. LOL
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    I dunno about that. BB’s QB program has definitely always had a multi-year scale, and he rotates guys more than most teams because he’s always looking to their future development. He also trades or lets vets walk a year or two early which wouldn’t happen if he was only building for the season ahead. Over half of the SB51 Pats weren’t around for their SB49 roster, and over half hadn’t ever been to any SB. Parity Rules of course aim to do this to the best teams, so you can’t be a perennial winner with that sort of turnover without constantly looking to the future. BB is just a much better HC and GM than the Jets have, and it helps that Kraft has a longer view than Woody too.

  13. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 20, 2017 4:32 PM

    Oh, listen to the hot garbage. He has been begging to get released or traded for over two years now. No takers. Why is that Sheldon? You were never a leader on the Jests. You still arent one! Yeah, that’s a fact!

  14. questionableopinion says: Jun 20, 2017 4:39 PM

    It’s easy to make a joke here and say that he will soon be cut or traded.

    But I think that might actually happen.

  15. Lisa_the_Greek says: Jun 20, 2017 4:42 PM

    I don’t think it’s up to you, Sheldon… bazinga

  16. navyvandal says: Jun 20, 2017 4:56 PM

    No. Just toking and driving

  17. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jun 20, 2017 4:57 PM

    LMAO. Unless its the big-dog Sheldon doing it….

  18. practical1site says: Jun 20, 2017 5:25 PM

    He probably doesn’t even wear a watch…..

  19. stipez says: Jun 20, 2017 6:36 PM

    So you’re TRYING and you’re that bad? Should’ve talked up a juicy early pick.

  20. wildgig says: Jun 20, 2017 6:54 PM

    Sam Darnold

  21. bws1066 says: Jun 20, 2017 8:34 PM

    Unless Sheldon can play QB at a high level he should shut up.

  22. mysterytonite says: Jun 20, 2017 10:56 PM

    Yeah 5 wins could happen…..if they go 4-0 in preseason.

  23. pauldeba says: Jun 20, 2017 10:56 PM

    They’ll screw up their attempt to tank, they’ll go 8-8

  24. ezwriter69 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:11 PM

    He certainly tanked all 16 games last year himself, didn’t he? Surely that wasn’t a 100 percent effort, Sheldon, or are you really that overrated? That the Jets keep this cancer on the team says a lot about why they are the worst managed team in all professional sports.

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