Coach Ryan has noted that his team is stronger than in the past. This makes Rex a happy guy, as the offseason conditioning program has had a three word focus: “strength, power, and explosiveness”.
“I want guys to be looking in the mirror, looking at themselves,” Ryan said. “You want guys who say, ‘Yeah, I’m looking good,’ feeling good about themselves, feeling strong, being able to move people. That’s what you want your team to be. We want to play the part, for sure. But it’s not bad looking the part, either.”
New strength and conditioning coach Bill Hughan, who was hired to replace Sal Alosi, has been working this program since the team’s exit physicals from last season. He sought feedback from Tannenbaum and coach Ryan, and presented his program at the beginning of offseason activities, to the approval of Jets brass. His changes have not gone unnoticed.
“He brought in more functional exercises, rather than the usual base bench (press) and stuff like that, things that would challenge our balance and our change of directions,” nose tackle Sione Pouha said. “Instead of being more one-dimensional, I’m a multi-dimensional type of player.”