After a 2011 season of turmoil, the New York Jets began their offseason program Monday in hopes of creating a culture more conducive to winning.
Coach Rex Ryan told reporters during a conference call that he wants to build "a brotherhood, tribe or whatever" and forge his club into more of a cohesive team this season. The first step began Monday, when all but three players -- who the Newark Star-Ledger reports were safety LaRon Landry, running back Joe McKnight and tight end Jeff Cumberland -- attended a voluntary workout session.
Ryan also had a team meeting to discuss what he called a "new beginning," according to Nick Mangold.
"I guess there are 32 teams, but we want to be even more than that," Ryan said today on a conference call with reporters. "I don't care what you call it -- a brotherhood, a tribe or whatever. We want to be special, and I think that starts right now with the offseason program, and the conditioning, and the OTAs and the mini-camp."