After Monday’s fight dominated the headlines coming out of Jets camp, coach Rex Ryan said that he didn’t expect to have any more scraps during training camp.
It didn’t take long for his team to prove him wrong. The daily horde of media members at Jets camp set Twitter on fire when another fight broke out at Tuesday morning’s session, causing Ryan to halt practice and yell at the team. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie then was in the middle of another scuffle a short time later and Ryan made the whole team run 10 gassers from sideline to sideline. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com snapped a picture of the team running before Ryan gathered the team for another lecture.
Fights happen in training camps, even if some of the response to Monday’s fight at Jets camp made it seem like the first time anyone had ever heard of such a thing occurring on a football field. The Dolphins had a much less publicized scrap at their practice and there will probably be pushing, shoving and worse at another practice on Tuesday as well. Earlier Ryan teams in New York featured offensive lineman Robert Turner fighting regularly at the team’s practices without generating a scintilla of the coverage that Monday’s fight brought to the team.
Having said that, it certainly isn’t a good sign for the Jets if they are unable to follow through on their coach’s request to stop fighting with one another on the football field. Quarterback Mark Sanchez also made a plea for the team to stop the fussing and the feuding that seems to have fallen on deaf ears. If you want to argue that these fights are a sign of dysfunction, that’s the argument to make because fighting itself is neither new nor particularly newsworthy.