Friday, November 12, 2010
The push-up phenomenon, and other notes
By Ian Begley
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets' organization-wide push-up phenomenon is spreading.
Rex Ryan said the Jets committed one penalty on Friday (the flag was on Ben Hartsock), so teammates, coaches and front-office members -- including owner Woody Johnson -- completed 10 push-ups as a result.
"When we do them, everybody (except for the player flagged for the penalty) does them. The whole organization," Jets fullback Tony Richardson said.
Ryan instituted the push-up rule on Wednesday. On Thursday, the entire organization -- including the employees at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford and the owner -- did 10 push-ups for each penalty the Jets committed.
"I told Woody he's going to have to get a new suit jacket because he's going to be jacked [after doing all the push-ups]," Richardson joked.
"It's kind of a fun thing," Ryan added. "But we're dead serious with it. ... We've got to get better with the self-inflicted wounds. We think it's one way of doing it."
The Jets were flagged 11 times last week in Detroit, and have committed 63 penalties for 577 yards overall. That is the fourth-highest yardage total in the league, behind Oakland (794), Philadelphia (652) and Detroit (596).
WILSON'S BACK: Ryan said first-round pick Kyle Wilson has regained his preseason form after struggling for most of the season.
Wilson played nickel for the Jets during their Week 1 loss to Baltimore. He was exposed in that game, and struggled against New England and Miami in subsequent weeks, getting buried in the depth chart in the process.
But Ryan said Friday that Wilson would split time at the nickel and dime positions with Drew Coleman against the Browns.
"He's back to being the guy that we drafted," Ryan said.
SLAUSON'S OK: Matt Slauson said he suffered a lower quadriceps sprain on the play before Nick Folk's game-winning field goal against the Lions last Sunday. He spent 10 hours at the Jets' practice facility Monday getting treatment, and was here for another eight hours on Tuesday, all to get ready for Sunday.
The Jets' offensive line has had five starters play every game in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and Slauson didn't want to be the guy to snap this year's streak. "I'm new," he said. "I can't be the one that misses work."
Slauson has worn a black compression sleeve on his right leg all week. It's unclear if he'll wear it against the Browns on Sunday, but he guaranteed that he'd be on the field.
Backup defensive end Marquice Cole (hamstring) is out. Running back Shonn Greene missed practice on Friday for personal reasons, but Ryan said he'd be on the field Sunday.
BRODNEY'S BACK: Lost in all the theatrics surrounding the "Buddy's Boys" Bowl and Braylon Edwards' return to Cleveland is the fact that Jets safety Brodney Pool is also heading back to his old stomping grounds this weekend.
Poole spent five years in Cleveland, but the Browns let him walk without a contract offer after last season. He missed the last five games of 2009 with what was believed to be a concussion. The Jets signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.
Pool, who is still friendly with the Browns' defensive coaching staff, insists he doesn't have any ill will towards Cleveland.
"Not at all; I don't have any regrets," he said.