Rex Ryan publicly scolds team for on field drama
This time the expletives came from the head coach, not the players.
Having reached his boiling point 24 hours after Monday's sideline brawl that involved more than 20 players, Rex Ryan halted practice and forced players to run at least 10 gassers across the width of the field.
"I just wanted them to know how serious I am about it," Ryan said. "And I also wanted to run 'em until I was tired. I'm doing my job. My job is to get this team ready to go and to be the team that I envision having. And we're going to."
The first dust-up occurred between fellow rookies linebacker Demario Davis and running back Terrance Ganaway. Then, during 7-on-7 drills, Antonio Cromartie was extra physical with wide receiver Stephen Hill and later hit tight end Dustin Keller, resulting in a full-on fight between the two.
While Cromartie refused the media's interview request, other players said the aggression and cheap shots from the past two days were a carryover from Saturday's scrimmage - the closest thing to a meaningful game for the Jets since January.
And Ryan is just as anxious as his players to take out this pent-up hostility on a real opponent.
"Being physical is one thing," the coach said, adding that his decision to stop practice wasn't directly related to Cromartie, but rather an opportunity to address the general "chippiness and things."
"That's why we stopped and had to remind guys that the enemy is not in green and white."
Several Jets said Ryan's message was received.
"Yeah, definitely," safety Eric Smith said. "We got it."