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Frankly, Franks Is a Big Fieldhouse Fan

Posted by Randy Lange on September 26, 2008 – 3:01 pm

Bubba Franks thought the Jets’ practice in the Atlantic Health Training Center fieldhouse today went pretty well, considering the stories he’d heard about the way the Jets used the Hofstra training bubble during Eric Mangini’s first two seasons as head coach.

‘I don’t think guys were coming up here to work today expecting to go inside," said the veteran tight end, "because they said last year they were never in there. That’s new to them"

Surprise: As the morning’s rains pelted Florham Park, N.J., and environs, Mangini had his team working out on the 100-yard turf field (actually, there’s enough room for a CFL field) under the roof that’s almost 100 feet off the ground. It was the team’s first  full practice in the structure. The only other fieldhouse activities players have had since Sept. 1 are walkthroughs and yoga sessions.

Franks said he, Brett Favre and the Packers spent a lot of time in the Green Bay fieldhouse since he arrived and worked with the QB from 2000-07 up in the Frozen Tundra.

"We had to go in," Bubba said about late-season practices. "The snow would be so high on the field that they’d be shoveling it every 30 minutes. It came to a point where it gets too cold and there’s to much snow on the ground."

And the side benefit to working under the roof: "I know Brett likes it a lot. He wears tennis shoes in there. A lot of guys were able to wear their tennis shoes. It doesn’t hurt your feet as much but you can still get your work done."

Franks wasn’t alone in his approval of the new practice venue. Some other reactions:

G Brandon Moore: "It was nice, roomy. We’re not on top of each other. It didn’t feel like we were all in a phonebooth."

LS James Dearth: "It’s real nice. It’s huge compared to what we were used to. It felt like we could get a little more work done."

TE Chris Baker: "It was a nice changeup."

QB Erik Ainge: "It was fun. It’s almost like you’re playing in a dome. It’s definitely louder. The crowd noise factor is definitely improved. And it keeps everybody healthy. You’re not slipping and sliding around."

In one way, perhaps the fieldhouse workout was the perfect way to end a short week of practice and get ready for a crucial early-season home game against a Cardinals team that looks improved and dangerous over past seasons. The week began as usual on Wednesday but without the usual off-day due to Monday night’s game at San Diego.

"It’s tough. We didn’t get back here till Tuesday at 7 o’clock in the morning. Then we turn around 24 hours later and we’re practicing," Franks said. "The guys did a good job responding to that aspect."

Mangini in fact praise his team’s first two practices this week. And Franks said he and his teammates passed today’s indoor test.

"The one big thing is you have to get your team to realize that just because you move in, it doesn’t mean the tempo changes," he said. "This is their first time in here, so it was a great practice. That was a good thing.

"Guys are just happy to go play again. The last two, we kind of let slip away. I think that long plane ride home actually gave guys time to really think and evaluate the situation we’re in. Either we take advantage of it or we don’t."

Maybe one of the most difficult practice weeks in a while will have its silver lining. We’ll find out in less than 48 hours.

Cards List Boldin

This may mean nothing, but WR Anquan Boldin went on the Cardinals’ injury report today for the first time this week, with a hamstring injury. Yet he still practiced full and is listed as probable for the Jets. Click here for both teams’ full reports.


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29 Responses to “Frankly, Franks Is a Big Fieldhouse Fan”

  1. By Howard on Sep 26, 2008 | Reply

    glad the players al like the way woody spent the money on this training facility now all they have to do is win to show some appreciation

  2. By Row on Sep 26, 2008 | Reply

    This may mean nothing, but S Abram Elam is not on the injury report, and Boldin should want to sit because he will be playing on Sunday!

  3. By carl on Sep 26, 2008 | Reply

    The place is amazing from the outside! I would love to check it out from the inside ! Hey Randy can you sneek me in? Buddy!!!

  4. By Ira on Sep 26, 2008 | Reply

    Nice change to take the players inside today. Hope they can bounce back with a big win this week. The Jets are 5-0 after a double digit lose since Eric took over as coach. GO JETS!!!!

  5. By Ray on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Damn Row! That was funny! Hope he lays him out.

  6. By jet80 on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    At this point real jet fans know it could get real ugly except for the fact that we have a very easy schedue so that will keep the hopes up,but point is great teams can lose to the worst team any given sunday. #1 Playoff teams lose to underdog wildcard teams all the time.upsets happen every weekend.because thats football,your record says nothing to your talent.look at the broncos,alot of luck

  7. By jet80 on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    To finish what im sayin is football is the most suspenseful season that keeps almost every team in it till 3/4 into it.only a coulple teams are given each year right away,this year id say the cheifs and the browns.this year NFC looks stronger.AFC EAST will be anyones to take .the bills could die down anytime dolphins could be the sleeper and once the jets get going with Farve it wont be to late

  8. By jet80 on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    wish i had more room cause this will be the most i have to say.This year if we dont make its because we dont have the drive and fight it takes all year to reach the top.the bills got it the cards the eagles etc.not as good as the so called football gurus picks in the beginning.weather, injuries, off field antics ruin great teams seasons.so much can happen this year,dont bail on your team.

  9. By Randy Lange on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Probably not, carl, but it is an amazing building. I’m told it’s the largest training facility in the NFL.

  10. By Ira on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    I expect the Jets to bounce back tomorrow but it will be close. TJ and Leon run the ball for about 150 Yds and Keller gets another TD. Jets 24 – Cards 20. GO JETS!!!!!

  11. By Frank on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    The key to this game is going to be the pass rush. Tangini better hope their over priced aquisition Pace steps up big today. If Warner has time to throw we will get crushed. The Cards are a completely different team under Wisenhunt and will be well coached with a good game plan. So the second most important element is Mangini better find a way to win the excuses are over period end of story.

  12. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Drew .. About Steve-o Article good catch even if u must say so yourself…. About yourself Interesting read .. Whens the novel coming out ?

  13. By Peter on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    At the beginning of the season, we were hoping for 2-2 at this point and a team gelling on both sides of the ball. When Jenkins was in those first few possessions against SD, we got a taste of how good the D can be. And Brett will only get better over the year. A bye, a few wins against weaker teams and who knows how good we can be. The key is the D, and keeping Jenkins on the field. Go Jets!

  14. By Frank on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Right Ira and the Jets have won exactly 2 games vs. winning teams in 35 games under Mangini….Rich Kotite anyone? This is a no excuse game Mangini needs to win games now!

  15. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Mangini how bout we use Henry at wideout chancy in the slot keller at Te leon in the backfield tony at Fb J-co other wide — & try 4-3.. D …this week or maybe Mike Ds defence back in the day 5-2 D u can’t use 12 men right my point is GET @ THE PASSER U HAVE THE HORSES use them u don’t need a playbook to rush the passer its instinctive.. maybe u didn’t give them enough … how bout rolexs

  16. By Ray on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    mike ex jet fan, unless something has changed I think Henry is on the PS so he technically isn’t on the active roster at the moment. I would love to see what Clowney can bring to this offense.

  17. By Ray on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    jet80 you make some good points. On any given sunday is very true. Last week alone, the Bengals came into this stadium and almost knocked off the Giants and Oak. went into Buff. and should have come away with a win. Coming out of the bye we should win those next three, but if they take any of them for granted…..

  18. By Ira on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Frank,
    Lets wait and see were they are at after 8 games.

  19. By MikeMc on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Frank , thats not fair knocking Pace, he’s been solid so far. Its not Paces fault he got market value in a very good OLB market. Frank, I do agree this is a no excuse game & Mangini needs to start winning now but there is and will be only one Kotite. I will continue to support Mangini, I believe he’s a solid coach but this is a results oriented business & Frank is lurking looking for heads to roll

  20. By Steve on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Randy Do we still have Marcus Henry or did we lose him so we could have 2 punters and 2 place kickers ? To me I don’t see any emotion from this team I realize it isnt college and they;re not going to be rah rah but how about a take charge guy like Ray Lewis or someone to light a fire under there butts. This is football and you have to play with emotion and fly around the field I havent seen that

  21. By Drew on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    The pass rush is going to be huge in the game. If Warner has time, he will kill our secondary. This is a game (like the win @ NE in 06) where Mangini has to dial up some blitzes and get the QB on the ground all day… Once again Frank amazes me. He calls Pace an overpriced FA but fails to mention that Pace dominated the Miami game and Parcells offered him the same exact contract this summer

  22. By Randy Lange on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Steve, Marcus Henry was signed to the Jets’ practice squad.

  23. By Frank on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Right Drew he had a big game vs. Miami where was he last week and the week before? So far the defense stinks again giving up almost 50% on third downs and 27 points per game awful. I have had it with Mangini this is the third year in a row with a lousy start the team is not functioning smoothly. The players are not responding and they do not play with a sense of purpose even the roster is a mess.

  24. By Frank on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Ray are you kidding me. The Giants won and so did Buffalo that’s what good teams do they come back and win. The Jets under Mangini are punched out and don’t come back because of poor coaching and play calling. They never adjust during the game and they don’t play with passion. They are out there like a bunch of programmed robots thinking too much.

  25. By Frank on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    All you Mangini Kool Aide drinkers listen up. Read what Whisenhunt said about his approach he develops his offense and defense around his players. In other words he will tailor each to the talents of the personell he has that is the key to success in the NFL and Mangini doesn’t get it…got it fellas. A round robin of personell expecting a different outcome yet we get the same results is insanity.

  26. By mike the ex jet fan on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Ray thx 4 the correction your right meant brad smith ….or is he still hurtin. don’t think LC is 100% yet , We need to stir it up lets get some double TE sets 2 help block 4 leon or give brett some time I will say this This game is ours . When these guys seen brett limping around taking The blame & 1 for the team . If that isn’t incentive then there not worth near the $ we gave them

  27. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    I’m so tried of listening to these…. broadcasters …sports annalists spewing like Phil Sims Adam shien we’re vanilla can’t beat the teams we’re suppose 2 no respect . Time 2 get our respect today …. Mangini schotty westhoff todays the day get this team rollin Jets 30 – cards 17

  28. By Frank on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    By the way after all that I hope we win today!

  29. By Ray on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    Frank your ability to turn every statement and every discussion here into your hatred for Mangini & Co. is hardly surprising, nor is it interesting anymore, that’s why I leave Drew to continue that argument. What I said was correct, the Bengals and Bills went into the opposing building and almost won. So if we take any of those teams for granted we could lose. Get it? Got it? Good.

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