Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh discusses his teachable moments from Friday's first practice, the uniqueness of having two Michael Carters and responsibilities every rookie has. Saleh: 'They're not only the CEO's of their own bodies, they're CEO's of their minds'.
ROBERT SALEH: There's a lot of things that these young men have to learn with regards to the NFL that they're not going to be able to get away with, and that's mainly just the efficiency at which they move and run, the way they get off the ball, the way they get out of the breaks. It's a different level now where everybody is All-American. And so there's that adjustment, and they can see it on tape.
You can see things like that, and there was some really, really great teachable moments yesterday. And there's going to be a lot of great teachable moments today and forever for the history of their time in the NFL. There's going to be great teachable moments. It's just a matter of whether or not they want to pick it up and get better.
The big thing that we're trying to accomplish is to see-- if you think about a game week. You got Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, then walk-through, and then Sunday. So can they take a little bit more install, and let's see what they look like on day three, which is Friday, which is where you're trying to get it crisp. And so a little install yesterday, a little installed today. Let's see how crisp they can operate tomorrow and see how much they can pick up and how much they can learn in a three-day process to kind of simulate a game week.
We've kind of gotten the Bigs away from the skill guys. So we've had the Bigs in the morning, the skills and the afternoon to kind of separate them. Because there's not enough guys to run 11 on 11 anyway. And it gives everybody a chance to watch the Bigs, the D-line, the O-line, the kicker is in that group and to really get a good chance to look at them and get a lot of individual eyes on them as we go through this evaluation process.
And then the same thing with the skill guys to just get the O-line, D-line-- they're done with their day. Let's just get all eyes on these skill guys so we can get a good proper evaluation and so they can focus on what they're being asked to do. People don't realize it, but those O-linemen and D-line create a lot of ruckus and a lot of noise for people. So just to get them out of the way to clear the pitcher up has been beneficial.
- What's your impression of both guys? What attracted to you both players? Obviously, both playing against each other too, which was an interesting dynamic.
ROBERT SALEH: No, I think I'm going to go MC2 and MC1. I'm not sure yet. I'm still trying to figure out how we're going to do it here, but both are fantastic, fantastic men first. That's the common theme when you look at free agency in the draft that these guys absolutely love ball. They want to get better. Their intent is to learn.
There was a really cool sequence that MC2 had in the seven on seven period where it was a 3 by 1 concept that he cheated the wrong way, got it adjusted. And about three plays later he got the same look and darn near made a really, really impressive play. So the fact that he can learn not only within a period but within three plays and figure it out and make that adjustment is testament to him, and his mental capability, and the reason why we're so excited about him.
By rule, they're sent off on their way. They can stay here and look for a house if they want. They can do whatever they want. They're normal civilians. But following Monday it's phase 2 of the voluntary offseason program, and they're more than welcome to join and get a little bit better every day.
The big message is it's there's going to be a very consistent message in terms of you started the process. And the big thing is that these young men are not only CEOs of their own body, but they're CEOs or their mind. And the amount of work that they put in and the amount of investment they put back into themselves is what will reflect on the football field.
And from this day forward, their body maintenance, how they workout, how they train, how they eat, how they study tape-- it doesn't stop. So the ongoing message for these young men is to don't just leave and eat like junk for the next week and say, hey, I'm off for a week. Just continue it. You started the process, stick to it, come back on the 17th, and find a way to get better, and find a way to get one of these roster spots.