Nineteen of the Jets starters are absent from practice today, including quarterback Mark Sanchez. That's because they are doing off-site leadership training at a site in Bedminster.
The football staff -- coaches and front office members -- did the same training in June, an rigorous session of team-building and leadership drills, led by a former Army Special Forces operator.
"When I looked at the schedule, this was really the time to do it," coach Rex Ryan said. "We just had such a great experience as a coaching staff, and I'm hoping the players had the same kind of experience we had."
Most of the starters are not scheduled to play in tomorrow's preseason finale against Philadelphia, so the timing makes sense. Players will be back by 2 p.m.
The team's plans were to put the coaches through the training first, because leadership starts from the top.
"It's just a reminder of what it takes and how difficult the task is to all be in one accord and doing it the right way," secondary coach Dennis Thurman said back in June of the training, after the coaches went through it. "And when you do that, that also filters down to the players. When they see we are all together, the players say, 'OK, they’re all together.' How can we not be all together?"