Some players are happy with the down time that flows from the lockout. Some teams apparently like it, too.
Though most coaching staffs and front offices surely would prefer to be preparing for the coming season, the Jets are taking advantage of the padlocked gates (for players only) to focus on some things that otherwise fall through the cracks during the never ending football cycle.
“From our standpoint I find it to be a little entrepreneurial,” Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum recently said, per Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, “because normally you’re in a regimented system where you have rookie camps, OTA’s, veteran minicamps, so I think most managers we write down things — I know Rex had a long list of rainy day projects — so we pulled that out and are working on it now, seeing it as an opportunity to get better.”
Among other things, the Jets will host unemployed and retired coaches to get their insights on various matters, like they recently did with former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore. “We’re going to bring in guys, even position coach guys that might be out there that if we can get an idea or two ideas from someone than it’s worth it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We’re about improving as coaches, so we’re excited about that. That’s going to give us a chance to get better.”
Bottom line? For football coaches and front offices, there’s really no such thing as a lockout. Even if the players aren’t present, there are plenty of things that can be done, even if there’s no clear correlation between the things that are done and the things that will happen on the field.