Jets’ Matt Forte on those who think team is tanking: ‘Bring it’ – Illinois News

Jets’ Matt Forte on those who think team is tanking: ‘Bring it’ –  Illinois News

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Matt Forte remains focused only on winning, no matter what anyone else thinks.

So, when some New York Jets fans suggest the team is tanking the upcoming season — or, should — to get a high draft pick next spring, the veteran running back completely disagrees with the notion.

“It’s a good thing we don’t operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks,” Forte said Wednesday before the team’s second minicamp practice. “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.”

The Jets are coming off a 5-11 season and parted ways with several productive and popular veterans in the offseason to cut some big salaries. Gone are Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Nick Mangold, David Harris and Nick Folk.

Asked if he thinks the Jets have a competitive roster, Forte — a former Bears running back — laughed.

“What kind of question is that?” he said. “This is a professional football team. We have athletes on this team. In the league, it’s not about the team that has the most talent on the roster. It’s about the guys who have a brotherhood together. They play on the field, not next to each other, they play for each other. They make sacrifices on the field so the other guys can make plays.

“That’s the kind of culture that we’ve been creating throughout the offseason here.”

The 31-year-old Forte is one of the few remaining vets. And he hasn’t been assured that he’ll be around for this season.

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