The problems were there. Easy for any and all to see. Between the locker room turmoil, sideline drama, and significant drop in on-field production, something clearly wasn't right with the Jets.

After the season, receiver Quincy Enunwa said the team never actually felt like a team. Five months later, in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio at the NFL's Broadcast Boot Camp, running back Matt Forte echoed the same.

"There's a difference between playing next to somebody and playing for them for them," Forte said. "We were at practice [last year] and I was like, 'Guys, everybody is out here as an individual and we're just playing next to the guy. Do you really know that guy?'

"If I'm playing next to you instead of for you, I don't really don't trust you."

The admission is an honest -- but damning -- one for coach Todd Bowles' unit. Throughout the year, he insisted there were no problems within the locker room. That, evidently, isn't the case, which could be why general manager Mike Maccagnan felt the need to gut the roster of those strong personalities.