The New York Jets accomplished a unique feat on Sunday, becoming the first team in 62 years to win a game while still accumulating 20 penalties. While a win is a win, 20 penalties is obviously not acceptable. In order to fix the problem, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has reinstated the “push-ups-for-penalties” program he started back in 2010.
The program is simple. When a penalty is committed in practice, everyone besides the offending player must instantly drop and do ten push-ups. In order to keep players motivated, Ryan encourages the office employees for the team to also participate. Back in 2010, even filthy rich owner Woody Johnson would join in. I guess nothing is a better motivator than fear of being shown up by either an old man or a secretary.
[The players] will get on each other because there’s a little bit of accountability. If you look over and the owner is knocking them out, it’s like, ‘Oh, really?’
I don’t want our team associated with penalties. That’s not who we are. I want to be a physical football team, but I also want to be the least penalized team in the league, not the most penalized team. It’s not acceptable (ESPN).
The Jets, now 2-1 on the season, will take on the Tennessee Titans next Sunday. We’ll see if “push-ups-for-penalties” has made an impact by then.