Rex Ryan hopes push-up rule will decrease penalties

Rex Ryan walks on the field before a Rex Ryan walks on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills. (Sept. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The end goal isn't to be Jack LaLanne, Rex Ryan said.

Instead, his decision to reintroduce organizationwide push-ups is one way of preaching accountability to his players. "I do not want our team associated with penalties," the Jets coach said Monday, a day after his team pulled off a 27-20 win over the Bills despite a franchise-high 20 penalties. "That's not who we are."

But it is. The Jets lead the league in penalties with 34, thanks to four calls apiece Sunday on left guard Vladimir Ducasse and cornerback Kyle Wilson. Ryan has "a good plan" to eliminate penalties and it includes the same push-up tactic he employed in 2010. When a penalty flag is thrown in practice, everyone hits the ground -- except the culprit. Even team owner Woody Johnson.

"Hey, Woody knocks those things out pretty good," said Ryan, who encouraged Jets fans to get involved. "I want the player to notice who he's affecting. He's affecting all of us."

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Geno Smith is the first Jets rookie quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns, according to ESPN Stats and Information. But Smith is also second in the league in interceptions (six) behind Eli Manning (eight).

"It can't happen," said the rookie, who had two interceptions against the Bills. "Regardless of what happened, how it happened, it has to be eliminated in order for us to improve as an offense."

 

Jet streams

Ryan said Chris Ivory reinjured the same left hamstring that sidelined him for much of training camp, but the injury occurred in a different spot. Ivory, who had his left leg wrapped postgame, told Newsday on Sunday that the hamstring "grabbed on me" and "it could be a three-day thing or a week. We'll see."

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