Friday, June 24, 2011
Jets scrap upstate camp; Bills hopeful
The Buffalo Bills expressed optimism Thursday they will conduct training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, N.Y.
A day later, the New York Jets announced they were pulling the plug on their summer prep in upstate New York because of the prolonged labor dispute. The Jets won't return to the SUNY Cortland campus. They will stage their first training camp at their facility in Florham Park, N.J.
"With all the variables presented by this unique offseason, we felt it was best for the Jets that we hold our training camp here at our practice facility," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "This was not an easy decision, but it's one we felt we needed to make in order to give us the best chance to win."
The Jets intend to return to Cortland in 2012. Head coach Rex Ryan moved operations there for his first Jets camp in 2010. He wanted to get away to help foster team building, which seemed to work right away.
The Jets and Bills are the only two AFC East clubs that don't hold training camp at their main headquarters.
Bills chief executive officer Russ Brandon told reporters Thursday that plans were moving forward to return to St. John Fisher for an 11th summer, but he noted it's "a fluid situation."
"We're going business as usual," Brandon said. "Our preparations have been exactly the same that they've been in years past."