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Jets starters get day off for leadership training


The Jets aren’t going to play many starters in the preseason finale, so they gave them the day off for something they could use.

A total of 19 players, including both quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, were sent off-site to work with a former member of the Army Special Forces. Coaches and some of the front office went through a similar session in June, mostly team-building and leadership drills.

“When I looked at the schedule, this was really the time to do it,” coach Rex Ryan said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “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.”

Whether Santonio Holmes would catch the offensive line at the trust fall remains to be seen, but the coaches who went through it raved about the program.

“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 in June when the coaches went through the session. “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?”

Yes, how can it not work?

It’s almost inconceivable.

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21 Responses to “Jets starters get day off for leadership training”
  1. billinva says: Aug 29, 2012 12:20 PM

    I nearly choked to death laughing at this.

    the Jets are doomed.

  2. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Aug 29, 2012 12:28 PM

    Steeler Nation gives birth to leaders. Whoa

  3. robertocfg says: Aug 29, 2012 12:38 PM

    I wonder why would the Jets take leadership classes. I mean, the entire locker room is full of mentors that provide the best atmosphere for any player. They all lead by example on and off the field. True pros, all of them.

  4. ampats says: Aug 29, 2012 12:40 PM

    The Jokes Keep Coming ! Maybe Rex gave the starters off since he might be secretly planning to start Greg McElroy against the Bills since Sanchez/Tebow can’t find the End Zone.

  5. sd1024 says: Aug 29, 2012 12:40 PM

    Yeah thats what the Jets need…a day off.

    Note to Jets fans: this is why your team hasnt been to a Super Bowl since John Elway celebrated his 9th birthday.

  6. lightcleric says: Aug 29, 2012 12:42 PM

    …I thought that’s what Tebow was for.

  7. patfanken says: Aug 29, 2012 12:48 PM

    Once again we have examples of Jet players willing to do whatever is necessary to learn how to become……Patriots. LOL

  8. nflsucker says: Aug 29, 2012 12:49 PM

    It’s looking like Nick Folk had better step up as the leader of this team.

  9. kacapaco says: Aug 29, 2012 1:00 PM

    Whatever. At the end of the day, they the same old New York Jerks.

  10. schrutebeetfarms says: Aug 29, 2012 1:10 PM

    This always annoys me when any organization sends only select people to a leadership training.

    Leadership has nothing to do with being a starter, or the highest paid, being a manger etc.

  11. jsnrobles1 says: Aug 29, 2012 1:12 PM

    That’s funny ” leadership classes”.

  12. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Aug 29, 2012 1:18 PM

    Holmes wouldn’t catch either of his QBs in a trust fall, let alone the offensive line…but it would be nice to see him get crushed.

  13. jameswestphal says: Aug 29, 2012 1:23 PM

    Can’t imagine two groups of men with less in common that the quiet, disciplined, and team-first individuals that comprise the Special Forces; and the New York Jets.

  14. rajbais says: Aug 29, 2012 1:25 PM

    Rex and Tony Sparano should seek this too!!!!

  15. rabidmike says: Aug 29, 2012 1:25 PM

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means…

  16. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 29, 2012 1:27 PM

    Only a day?

  17. catquick says: Aug 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    Next, will they chant mantra’s, study EST, find their inner child and go through primal scream therapy(that might help)?

  18. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 29, 2012 1:30 PM

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, eh Rex?

  19. giantsfan2104 says: Aug 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    Leadership training?

    Jets fans need to invest in helmets. They’ll be banging their heads against walls all season.

  20. jr507 says: Aug 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    If the Jets/Rex Ryan ever win the Super Bowl, the planet’s average IQ will jump drastically as 75% of the PFT community kills themselves being overcome in depression…. And nothing of value will be lost.

  21. rcali says: Aug 29, 2012 3:57 PM

    Rumor has it that Santonio Holmes was unable to attend due to “body soreness.”

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