Thursday, July 12, 2012
Report: 'Jets West' under high security
By James Walker
Quarterback Mark Sanchez's annual "Jets West" camp is underway in Southern California. This is the time of year when Sanchez gets with his skill players on offense to work on the passing game and further develop chemistry.
But this year's camp has a different feel because it is under high security. Sanchez reportedly hired five uniformed policemen and additional off-duty officers to watch over the practice field at Mission Viejo High School this week.
Last year Sanchez and the Jets allowed the media to watch practice during the lockout. But this year's camp, especially with the addition of Tim Tebow, is being closed off. This is further proof that the Jets are working to become a closer team with fewer distractions. Things fell apart so bad in 2011 that the Jets are trying to put the pieces back together and create an "Us against the world" mentality.
There is little chance the Jets will be distraction-less this year -- not with that team, and certainly not in the New York market. However, they deserve a lot of credit for avoiding the spotlight and brash talk as much as possible this offseason.