Competitiveness vs. Combativeness

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Aug 4, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan laughs during a scrimmage at SUNY Cortland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Coach Ryan looks like a happy guy in that picture, but he has had a lot to deal with lately. Specifically, there have been a lot of fights going on these days up in Cortland. Coach made them run laps yesterday, and was not thrilled. He is saying that it is a sign that the Jets need to play against another team.

Hopefully he is right, because if he is not, he could have some problems. Why? Because being competitive is different from being combative.

Training camp fights happen all over the league. Don’t be immune to that fact. They happen all around the league. The Jets just get more coverage since they have invited ESPN into their backyard, but that is for a different article.

Being competitive is OK. Fights happen in the NFL, that stem from being competitive. Even in practice, guys are hitting each other, fighting for the extra yard, and fighting to get on the football team. When guys are fighting hard, fights are going to break out. It’s going to happen. Rex Ryan preaches to his team that they need to protect each other. When guys get into it, fights are going to happen.

That’s competitive.

Combative is the problem.

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