RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.
"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "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, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, David Harris, Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Nick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.
Forte bristled after being asked if the Jets had enough talent to compete.
"I mean, what kind of question is that? Do you expect me to say no? This is a professional football team, we have athletes on this team and 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.
"The [guys who] 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 and that's the kind of culture that we've been creating throughout the off-season here."
The Jets are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starting quarterback, but head coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that there is no frontrunner for the job, meaning Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are still being considered.
Forte, 31, signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Jets prior to last season.
He had 218 rushes for 813 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games last season, while reeling in 30 receptions for 263 yards and one touchdown.