“I don’t think anybody is going to adjust [fully]”. And when you consider how hard this particular travel arrangement must be on National Football League players who are driven largely by routine in a 16-game regular season, this looks like a smart move for the Jets, but it still has us thinking that their new sleep coach could have benefits that stretch beyond this week.
The Jets are about to start a most unique week of game preparation, holding customary Wednesday and Thursday practices in Florham Park, NJ before departing for London and then completing their work overseas with a Friday session and a Saturday walkthrough. Bowles said they chatted about “technical stuff” like “the setup and the meeting rooms and the outlets and those type of things”. “We handled it in-house, and we’ve got bigger fish to fry”, Bowles said.
While Geno Smith has returned to practice it’s likely the Dolphins will face veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this week in London.
The action continues into prime time, although both night games this week feature winless teams: 2-1 Dallas at 0-3 New Orleans on Sunday on NBC, and 0-3 Detroit at 1-2 Seattle on Monday on ESPN.
There have been rumblings that the players have been losing for the coaching staff going all the way back to the ” Bullygate” scandal.
“Just getting our bodies acclimated and everything with the time change will be interesting”, Fitzpatrick added. The result was a 17-24 defeat at the hands of Philadelphia, in a game in which New York shot itself in the foot by coughing the ball up four times compared to the Eagles’ lone turnover. The Jets have a bye after returning to the United States and then will play host to Washington on October 18. It’s going to be a hard hurdle to overcome with the time change.
In the offseason, he consulted St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, whose team faced the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium in 2012. “It’s something we knew was coming in the spring and we prepared for it”.
“He was real helpful that way, from a travel standpoint as well”.
The Bills are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games dating back to last season, but Ryan was not around for a lot of them.