After a Week One loss to the Ravens, Jets coach Rex Ryan instituted an old-school approach to penalties. If one player on defense committed a penalty in practice, the other 10 men had to do 10 pushups each.
“I know it’s an old high school trick, but sometimes those old high school tricks still work on this level,” coach Rex Ryan said at the time.
Nearly two months later, where do we stand?
“That didn’t work,” G.M. Mike Tannenbaum told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Another 11 penalties in Sunday’s game against the Lions placed the Jets at No. 27 on the NFL’s list.
So Ryan expanded the approach on Wednesday, requiring the entire team to do 10 pushups whenever someone commits a penalty. And the tactic spread like a Walking Dead zombie virus.