Where did all the Jets tanking talk come from?

Sometimes sports talk radio rhetoric and message board chatter turn into real news. Is this particular story a case of that?

It certainly seems that way.

I’m talking about the narrative that the Jets are “tanking” the 2017 season to get USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

Darnold said they shouldn’t.

“Talk that the Jets could tank the 2017 season with an eye on choosing USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft don’t seem to sit well with Darnold,” wrote Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.

This narrative, “the Jets could tank the 2017 season,” probably qualifies as fake news.

This tanking stuff didn’t come from the Jets. It came from people outside of One Jets Drive.

So perhaps people should stop talking about it like it’s a fact or news.

Sometimes a phony narrative is repeated so many times, it’s taken as fact by many people.

There is too much of this going on these days.

Report the news. Don’t create it.

Look, I have no idea how the Jets will fair this year.

But I can assure you they won’t go into games attempting to lose to get the first pick.

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Dan Leberfeld
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