Looking back on the season, Darrelle Revis pinpointed a confrontation between Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson in Week 3 after the team’s loss to Kansas City.
"During that game, we wasn't on the same page as players. It happened on the sideline and it trickled into the locker room after the game," Darrelle Revis said Sunday after the Jets' 30-10 victory over the Bills at MetLife Stadium. "It just left a dark cloud over our head.
"Adversity always strikes for a team. And we tried to nip it in the bud. We actually did move forward and we thought we were OK because we thought we had the guys that were mature enough to handle the situation and move forward. But eventually, it unraveled for us."
Not content to just let a nice performance in a season ending win speak for itself, Richardson did what he could to try and add fuel to the fire.
"I wouldn't say a dark cloud. A cat's true colors came out," Richardson said, presumably referencing Marshall. "That's pretty much that."
As much as there were problems on the field with the coaching this season, it seems from an outside perspective like there are major cultural issues with this team in the locker room. We got two such examples on Sunday between this and somebody on the coaching staff bashing Christian Hackenberg to Adam Schefter.
Todd Bowles will be back. I am sure an offseason of reflection is to follow where he will try to figure out what went wrong and what he needs to do to make things better. Building a more cohesive locker room might be at the top of his list.
Some of the solutions might be simple. Richardson has been a one man machine over the last two years almost forcing the Jets to ship him out of town.
Those won’t be the only answers, though. Bowles’ predecessor never truly recovered from his locker room falling apart five years ago. He has a lot of work to do to avoid the same fate.