The 2016 season was a very disappointing one for the New York Jets. On the heels of a 10-6 campaign in which they narrowly missed the playoffs, expectations were high for Gang Green. Then, it all fell apart.
“We understood the challenges that we were going to face with the tough schedule, the toughest schedule in all of football, probably,” Marshall said. “We thought that we would have a top-5 defense. We thought that our offense will be better because it was our second year around. We had amazing chemistry the year before, broke a lot of records and did some amazing things.
“So, I felt like that was the game we were like, ‘Wow. Maybe we aren’t as good as we thought we were.'”
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The offense was a disaster all year as they cycled through quarterbacks, and the defense struggled to defend the vertical game, in part because of the diminishing abilities of Darrelle Revis.
Now that it’s finally over, Marshall isn’t afraid to admit that the season stunk, literally.
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“The best way I can describe it is, having a diaper on and never changing it,” he said during Showtime’s “Inside The NFL” on Tuesday. “And just sitting in that diaper the whole year. That’s how our year was. It was a bad year.”
Heading into 2017, Marshall is ready to learn from New York’s dismal season and make the proper adjustments to improve:
I learned my lessons, some things blew up on my face. I’ll take that. I’ll chalk it up.
“And I will be a better person next year.”