June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Today at the last day of mini-camp, the players went to their lockers to prepare for the day. The defense was surprised to see that in their lockers a black jersey was hanging from the hook. As part of Rex Ryan's new plan of motivation, the offense and defense will compete each day to wear black jerseys the following day of practice in training camp. The best gets to wear the jerseys for the day. Veterans and rookies alike were excited to hear about this new competition, which awards a prize for daily success. The idea actually came from Tony Sparano, who used a similar idea when he was with the Miami Dolphins. Rex is trying to stir the competitive juices in the players, and by their reactions today, it seems to be working. Who knows, maybe this is the beginning of a new alternate jersey.
All the photos I've seen of them are very low quality, so we'll have a picture for you all later on when we get an official photo. See the photo to the right.
Antonio Cromartie - "It felt good wearing those black jerseys. We just want to come out and be intimidating, period. Not just because we’re wearing different color jerseys. That’s one thing we’ve been trying to work on this entire offseason: be dominant in all facets of the game."
Kyle Wilson - "Pretty much everyone wants to wear them."