From the Jets Blog:
Not Bowled Over – Dom Cosentino hit it right on the head with his assessment of the Jets playing hooky on their last day. Yes, these activities are “voluntary” but every player is there for their own edification and the betterment of the team. While there’s a lot of rules about how much time players can spend on the field together, it’s not as if players haven’t been using all off-season to refine their game. No and his defensive line brethren headed to Houston this winter to learn from one of the best line coaches on their own dime. Are there downsides? The potential to sending a wrong message? Playing bowling or paintball isn’t just a chance to have some team bonding, I think it’s about something else. Ryan doesn’t like taking chances with injuries, often sitting players on the day they sign a big contract or putting veterans with nagging injuries on “pitch counts.” I have to think that Ryan’s unwillingness to see a player injured on the last day of voluntary team activities is a driving force behind why the coach took it easy on his fellas during the last day of voluntary team activities.
Has to be one of the dumbest comments ever written (and I shudder to think of the competition such a thought engenders)
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Missing an OTA for team building will not be one of the factors keeping the Jets from reaching the SB.
Jets have been consistent in believing that team unity and team closeness are important. Cuts from the grind and a little fun as part of the job build morale. Especially if, as I think is the case, the Jets believe that they are where they expect and want to be at the end of OTA's.
Good for Rex (and John).