‘Team riddled with excuse-making’ . . . In improved culture, this must go

in a blockbuster story in The Athletic, reporters Dianna Russini and Zach Rosenblatt, infiltrated the Jets organization, and quoted myriad people, in and around the team, who didn’t paint a pretty picture of the state of affairs at 1 Jets Drive.

As one unnamed coach said in the article, “It’s such a f–king mess. Something has to change.”

And one thing that absolutely has to change is excuse-making. That is flat-out awful for a football culture. As Tony Dungy always said to his teams, “No excuses, no explanations.”

In the article, Russini and Rosenblatt wrote, “Sources described a team riddled with excuse-making.”

Jets had some offensive line injuries and they lost star QB Aaron Rodgers in Week One.

“Saleh’s battle cry as the Jets’ losses piled up and criticism mounted: ‘What do you expect? We lost Aaron Rodgers,'” Russini and Rosenblatt wrote.

The Cleveland Browns had a lot of offensive line injuries, lost their starting QB (Deshaun Watson), tried two other QBs (Dorian Thompson-Robinson and PJ Walker), then signed Joe Flacco off the street and still went 11-6 and made the playoffs.

If they want to fix the culture, excuse-making needs to be in the rearview mirror.

No matter what hand you dealt, you have to find a way.


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