Mason says Jets were a mess

As Derrick Mason called an end to his 15-year NFL career on Monday, the veteran wide receiver chimed in with some comments about the dysfunctional situation regarding the New York Jets.

Mason, who spent the bulk of his career in Tennessee and Baltimore, split his final NFL season between the Jets and Texans. He was traded in October to the Texans, who ultimately released him late in the year.

"They were a mess," Mason said of the Jets. "It was a cluster you-know-what.
"You don't see stuff like this, it's not the norm. Before I left, you could see it materializing. Things heated up. If I was the problem, it would have stopped. If I was the guy complaining, it would have stopped. I wasn't the cancer in the locker room."

Mason denied that he went to Coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum regarding offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's play-calling, saying he had respect for Schottenheimer.

Just one more bit of insight as to the soap opera the Jets 2011 season turned into. If half the things that have been reported are true about the locker room division, then it may be a minor miracle that the Jets managed to finish 8-8 this season.

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