Saturday, March 28, 2009
Ryan, Jets look to leave Jersey for camp
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets could be hitting the road this summer for Rex Ryan's first training camp as coach.
Despite moving into their $75 million training facility in Florham Park, N.J., less than a year ago, the Jets are scouting other areas -- possibly in upstate New York -- to hold at least part of their training camp.
The new facility does not have suitable parking or bleachers for the thousands of fans who normally attend training camp, or dormitories for the players. But that's not why Ryan wants to go elsewhere.
"Coach Ryan is looking to find a more isolated environment for training camp to promote team-building and we are researching potential locations," team spokesman Bruce Speight said in a statement. "However, any plans will also include community events at our Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and in Long Island prior to the start of the regular season."
According to media reports, Ryan sent members of his staff to scout out locations at Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., and SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y., last week. Both are located about four hours from New York City.
The Jets, who trained for the last 40 years at Hofstra University on Long Island before moving to Florham Park after camp last year, would not comment on possible locations.