NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – On-the-field talent is critical, but off-the-field maturity and discipline are also keys to a winning season.
At least that’s what head coach Rex Ryan believes.
Jets practice was a bit empty on Wednesday, as 19 starters — including quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow and linebacker Bart Scott — took part in a leadership training session in Bedminster.
This isn’t the first time that the organization has engaged in this kind of activity. In fact, coaches and members of the front office went through the same exercise in June. The session — which focused on team building and becoming a stronger leader — was moderated by a former member of the Army Special Forces.
Ryan was so impressed with the quality of the session that he decided it would be worthwhile for his players to take part in it.
“When I looked at the schedule, this was really the time to do it,” Ryan said. “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.”
The decision to put players through this exercise might be in reaction to the adversity that Gang Green went through in 2011. Following a disappointing season on the field, several players spoke out regarding the toxicity in the Jets’ locker room, particularly the rocky relationship between Santonio Holmes and Sanchez.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson said the turmoil was the worst he’d ever seen.
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