The New York Jets put on quite a show for their fans during Monday’s practice. It all started when RB Joe McKnight threw a football to CB D’Anton Lynn, Lynn then shoved McKnight out of bounds. Soon after that, about 20 players had to be separated by Rex Ryan. It seems like the Jets will never get a break if they keep putting themselves in the spotlight. The media has already been keeping a close eye on the Jets training camp, waiting to see a Sanchez-Tebow ‘episode’ unravel. One of the most important things for the Jets is team bonding, something they’ve had trouble with in the past. The Jets are currently in the middle of rebuilding, so team tension is not a good thing for them. Rex was not going to let this slide. The next day in practice, he had his team run a series of sprints as punishment. It’s bad enough that the Sanchez and Tebow saga won’t be dying down anytime soon, even President Obama weighed in on the two quarterback system. He commented:
“I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” Obama told the station. “So if I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous.”
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The Jets have stated that Obama’s comment won’t phase them. The only way we can see how this pans out is when the regular season begins, so for now, Jets fans just have to have faith in their two QB system. Players have to learn to be wise with their words because the media loves to take statements out of context. Recently, CB Antonio Cromartie created some tension by claiming to be the second best receiver on the team. Another thing the Jets will have to improve is getting their passing game up. They already dominate in the defense department, and we might see them in the top 5 again this season. However, their lack of passing game was one of the reasons that caused team chemistry issues last season, putting too much pressure on offense.
The plan for Tebow was finally revealed. He will serve as the teams ‘Wildcat’. Fans got a glimpse at SUNY Cortland as the QB ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. This new revamped offense could be the beginning of something good for the Jets, especially when their weakness lies in that area. They play their first preseason game on August 10th against the Bengals, so we can finally get a glimpse of their game plan. Team chemistry issues are not the clean start the Jets need. They have to put their tension aside, watch what they say in interviews and focus on football. Because, really, that’s what it’s all about, right?