At 3-5, it’s not that the Jets don’t need the work.
But coach Rex Ryan said after their embarrassing 30-9 loss to the Dolphins that he was giving his players an entire week off.
They were only going to work Monday and Tuesday anyway, but because of the approaching Hurricane Sandy, he changed his mind.
“I care about our players a great deal,” Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “They need that time to be with their families and make sure everybody is out of harm’s way. As much as I’d like to bring them in, that’s not going to happen. I care about our players too much to see them go through that, so they will not be in.”
Players are required to get four-day breaks over the bye by the CBA. But Ryan is traditionally generous, giving his guys six days off each of the past three seasons.
While it might also give him time to make changes to the coaching staff, Ryan shook that suggestion off.
“We’ve got to really look at ourselves,” he said. “At this stage, you evaluate what you’re doing, offensively, defensively, everything. Do we need to tweak things? Do we need to change things? You have to take a good, honest look at that. At the same time, you have to move forward as well, working on Seattle and [St. Louis] as well.”
Giving them the time off will likely draw a visceral and hysterical reaction from fans, who think players should spend every waking moment watching film instead of, you know, having lives.
But as disappointing as their season has been, stepping back for a moment might also be the best thing for them.