Quarterback Greg McElroy offered a window Wednesday into the toxic Jets locker room that constituted another rebuke to coach Rex Ryan for ignoring the warning signs of disunity.
McElroy, a constant presence in the locker room and meetings despite spending his first season on injured reserve, said the Jets suffered from "a corrupt mindset" that was fostered by "extremely selfishindividuals."
During a bizarre press conference on Monday, Ryan said he had no ideathat his own team was breaking apart, and not just because of Santonio Holmes' infamous huddle blowup in the final minutes of the season-ending loss to Miami.
"It's definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you," the former Alabama quarterback told the Birmingham, Ala., radio station 97.3The Zone on Wednesday. "It's the first time I've ever been around extremely selfish individuals.
"There were people within our locker room that didn't care whether we won or lost as long as they had really had good gamesindividually," McElroy added.
McElroy's comments suggested that Ryan would have been hard-pressed not to notice the divisive culture that had grown throughout the Jets' 8-8 season. And McElroy said he feared for the future because of it.
"That's the disappointing thing," he told the radio station.
"It's going to take a lot to come together next year. I think the fact we struggled at times this year really led to this corrupt mindset within the locker room.
"But I think we're going to regroup," McElroy continued. "I think we'll be a better team because of the trials and tribulations this year."
Ryan promised offseason changes, presumably involving some of the unnamed "selfish" players. Holmes may not be one of them, however, because his contract makes him virtually untradeable. The Jets would have to absorb a nearly $9 million cap hit if they cut Holmes outright.