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Kris Jenkins: Jets have “catty” locker room

Jim Leonhard, Kris Jenkins, Ed Anzalone

New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, center, safety Jim Leonhard, left, and Ed Anzalone, right, talk to fans during a rally in Times Square, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in New York. The Jets will play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Championship, Sunday, Jan. 23, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Former Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins thinks the team’s slow start has happened in part because the team lacks leaders.

Jenkins mentioned himself, Damien Woody, and Shaun Ellis as three key leaders who are no longer with the team.

“Now, they just erased that off their team. Now you have guys that, yeah, they’re good, they can play their positions, but they don’t have the experience to take on those responsibilities, so what happens? You get a catty locker room,” Jenkins said on ESPN Radio Wednesday.

We’re guessing that Jenkins is referring to Santonio Holmes and Brandon Moore’s back and forth last week there. But Jenkins says he saw troubling signs when he was with the team.

“They just want it on the outside and for everyone to see them for how special they are. The thing I had a personal issue with when I was there was guys trying to copyright things and be known for what they’re saying and this show and that show,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins seems to be referring to Darrelle Revis here, who copyrighted “Revis Island.”

We’re not sure if its leadership or just an inept offense that is slowing the Jets down, but we’ll find out a lot about the team the next three weeks against the Chargers, Bills, and Patriots.

They need to win two of those three games or they’ll face a huge hole in the AFC playoff race.