It seems that teams in the AFC East are going back to old fashioned ways to train their players.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins had used The Oklahoma drill during a practice to teach his players the mentality of being more aggressive.
According to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, the Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan seems to have taken a page out of his rival team new head coach's book. Not in the art of aggression, but in the art of self-discipline.
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Ryan has decided to start punishing players who cause penalties in practice with push-ups.
He said: “If a guy gets a penalty during the practices, then we’re gonna make sure that all of us are gonna do 10 pushups or whatever. The rest of the team will [do pushups] and that person [being penalized] will stand up, just to see how many people he is affecting.
“Penalties are still gonna happen, but we gotta eliminate them to the best of our abilities, especially the self-inflicted ones.”
Smart move, seemingly as the Bills have had 58 total penalties this season, including 46 that were accepted, putting them on pace to set the NFL record for accepted penalties in a season. 13 have been for unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting.
But the discipline reminds me of the situation in the Full Metal Jacket movie (EXPLICIT CONTENT). I wonder if the person who causes the penalty will be given a nice jelly donut to eat while everyone else does push-ups.
We'll have to wait and see now if the New York Jets and the New England Patriots implement any strange coaching techniques over the next few weeks to complete the full AFC East strange coaching division.