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Training camp already starting with penalty push-ups

By Luis Tirado Jr.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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As the New York Jets are two days into training camp, penalty push-ups are once again back.

Last season, the New York Jets had so many penalties, it left coaches and fans furious when it became too much of an issue. From the offensive line having offside penalties to defensive backs extending plays due to them as well, it became just too much to handle at times.

Hopefully, head coach Todd Bowles can nip this in the bud now in training camp before it becomes an issue again this upcoming season. Of course, that is what training camp is for to work out things now to avoid major issues later. So far, on each day of training camp, the Jets committed six penalties each day which lead to penalty push-ups by the entire team.

For the next few months, the Jets will continue to hammer their issues with penalties as well as other problems on the roster with hopes of fielding a contender in 2018. It won’t be easy as the Jets are coming off two straight seasons at 5-11 as penalties continue to be a big part of their losing ways.

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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said on if he expected penalty push-ups on the first day of training camp:

First day, we’ve got to get the kinks out. Obviously, there are some late penalties at the end. It’s a little humid, but it’s part of camp. We’ll be fine.

Training camp is just a few days in as there is still a lot of practices left, preseason games to play, and a lot of coaching to occur. Hopefully, this is the start of something that gets its message out clearly so players stop recklessly causing penalties.

If this becomes an issue again in 2018, it doesn’t matter how good the offense or defense is, they’ll be limited in anything they can do by giving the opposition better field positioning with penalties. It’ll be easier for opponents to dominate that aspect of the game and well, will lead to another season with a lot more losses than wins.

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Hopefully, with all the new talent in the building and players from the past still developing for a brighter future, penalties won’t define the Jets once again. If they can do a better job at eliminating costly penalties, it’ll be a big step in the right direction.

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