Penalties at Jets practice mean push-ups for owner Woody Johnson
In an effort to keep his team focused, Jets coach Rex Ryan is holding everyone accountable -- including owner Woody Johnson.
The Jets aren't who we thought they were. They've won two of their first three games -- with a rookie quarterback, no less -- and the preseason prognostications that this might be the worst team in football (perpetrated mostly by us) couldn't be further from the truth. And in an effort to keep this team focused, coach Rex Ryan is holding everyone accountable.
And we're not talking about withholding snacks from would-be offenders, but something much healthier: Every time there's a penalty in practice, the entire organization -- and this includes general manager John Idzik, president Neil Glat and owner Woody Johnson -- have to hit the deck and do 10 push-ups. The only exemption: The player responsible for the penalty.
This scenario played out Wednesday, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini; Idzik, Glat and Johnson busted out 30 push-ups following three in-practice penalties.
The impetus for the rule? The Jets committed a mind-boggling 20 penalties in Sunday's win over the Bills. This comes a year after they had the fourth fewest penalties in the league.
"Obviously, we're 32nd in the league, probably closer to 33rd, if that's possible," Ryan said. "It's just not us. It's not who we are, so we're trying to fix it. And we will fix it."
A good place to start: Cornerback Kyle Wilson, who was flagged on four consecutive plays in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's game.
"That was pretty crazy," Wilson admitted this week. "I pride myself on being a physical player, and I was out there just playing physical. Things happen, but I can't comment on officiating. Obviously, as a team and as a player, you have to learn from situations like that and just get better from it."
If nothing else, everybody else in the organization will have unparalleled upper-body strength.
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