Robert Saleh still only has one year of head coaching experience, but he is pulling from former mentors to spice up his team meetings with the Jets.
As told by the New York Post’s Brian Costello, Saleh took a page out of Pete Carroll’s book by bringing a regulation basketball hoop into New York’s team auditorium to host free throw contests as a way of breaking ties that occurred during training camp.
“You’ve got to lighten things up and have a little fun,” Saleh told Costello. “It’s something I learned from Pete a long time ago. They’ve got to want to come to team meetings. It can’t be a drag. It can’t be, ‘Oh, here we go again.’ You try to keep it light but at the same time you’re making sure we’re holding each other accountable to the highest standard. You can achieve both and I think Pete has proven that.”
If the offense and defense ends in a tie in training camp the day before, then at the following team meeting, a representative from the offense and defense is tasked with making as many free throws as they can within 30 seconds, with the help of a designated rebounded, to determine which unit was the winner. It is apparently a lively and boisterous atmosphere during the contest, and has gotten rave reviews from the Jets players, who are hoping to take a big step forward on the gridiron this season.
Saleh believes that process can be helped along by making typically monotonous meetings in the summer a bit more fun.
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