The Jets offense looked like it hadn’t practiced together at all last week, so they decided to go back to training camp mode in practice this week.
To bounce back from last week’s embarrassment, coach Rex Ryan asked for suggestions, and offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo mentioned an eight-minute period of run drills in practice. Starters would face starters, with no tackling to the ground, but otherwise full speed.
“I challenged our guys to compete against each other,” Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “The only way to get better is to go full-speed against each other. That’s what we got back to.”
There was exactly one pass during the segment, as the Jets worked on two of their biggest problems, running and stopping the run.
It’s the kind of button a coach can’t push too often, especially with rules which limit padded practices in season. But occasionally, it’s the kind of thing that can help.
If they were playing somebody other than the Texans this week, you’d almost give them a better chance.