After committing a franchise-worst 20 penalties in Week 3’s 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills, the Jets are trying to clean up their act in practice this week. Not only does Rex Ryan have his players doing push-ups for any penalty flags thrown, but general manager John Idzik and team president Neil Glat are reportedly also taking part in the exercises.
The Jets’ head man is adamant that he doesn’t want his team to be known for undisciplined play on the field.
”Obviously we’re 32nd in the league, probably closer to 33rd (in penalties) if that was possible and it’s just not us,” noted Ryan. “That is not who we are, so we’re trying to fix it and we will fix it. I think we we’re fourth in the league in that last year in that and it’s something that’s been addressed as you guys know.”
Gang Green travels to the Music City to take on the 2-1 Tennessee Titans, with a chance to move two games over .500 for the first time since the 2011 season. The Jets can wash away a wave of negativity and doubt from fans and the media with a win on Sunday, but Ryan isn’t counting his chicks before they hatch.
”It’s a big home field advantage to them, so we have to make sure we overcome that,” noted Ryan. “The focus has got to be great when you’re there and you’re going against a very physical football team that’s not a surprise if you look at them.”
Titans’ running back Shonn Greene is still recovering from micro-fracture knee surgery and is listed as out for Sunday’s contest. Greene spent his first four seasons with Gang Green before being released this past offseason as part of New York’s mass exodus. Tennessee will likely showcase a backfield of Chris Johnson, Jackie Battle and Darius Reynard and the team is averaging nearly134 rushing yards per game.
Ryan and company aren’t underestimating the Titans’ formidable ground attack.
“They put a lot of resources in that offensive line this offseason and it shows,” noted Ryan. “You have two really good guards with (Chance) Warmack the first-round pick, and then obviously (Andy) Levitre from Buffalo (and) the two former Pro Bowl tackles, so it’s a good offensive line. Very physical. They run the ball. You know they’re running it and they still run it, so it’s that kind of mentality with that group.”
The Jets take on the Titans this Sunday at LP Field in Nashville. Kickoff is set for 4:05PM ET.