Jets considering alternate training camp locations?

Yesterday, the Jets announced that they will be looking at how “other venues” might compare as training camp locations.

Although the offseason has just started, we already have training camp on our mind. We’ve reached a point in our agreement with SUNY Cortland that enables us to consider our training camp options for the coming summer. We will look at how other venues compare to our current arrangements to make sure we are getting the most out of our camp experience for players, coaches and fans.

“SUNY Cortland’s been great to us,” said general manager John Idzik. “They’re extremely hospitable and the campus is a terrific setting for our team to bond and prepare for the upcoming season. At this time, we simply wish to perform our due diligence to ensure we have the best possible environment for our camp.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s a rather weird half-announcement to make.  Are the Jets already decided on not returning?  Is this just a fait accompli and we can anticipate that they will be in another location next year?

This makes me think of two things.  First, I think that getting away to Cortland, or any remote destination for that matter as the Jets have has been is good for the team.  Still, there are other factors at play beyond Rex’s just wanting to go away to training camp.  Financial implications or what the GM prefers to do might now come into play.

Second, the Jets have that nice new facility in Florham Park that they built with the idea that they would use it to host training camps.  Doing so right in their own backyard would be a lot more economical for the team than their annual month-long trek to training camp.

There could be another dynamic that the team is considering as well.  From what I heard from some contacts with the Redskins, their training camp in Richmond was such a big hit and drew such big crowds that many other teams contacted the Redskins about their idea of doing training camp nearer to their core fanbase in a population dense area that was close to, but not at their home facility.

I have no idea whether or not the Jets were interested in what Washington did, but we could foresee a trend emerging around NFL training camps in coming years where, for instance a team like the Bears might do training camp in Gary, Indiana over their current location in Bourbonnais, Illinois.  It’s closer to home, but not home and in a dense population area.  Could the Jets wind up doing training camp in a place like Newark or Queens?

My only point is, anything’s possible and it would seem the Jets are opening up the bidding.

29 comments
Kramer Kent
Kramer Kent

How about somewhere closer to Sullivan county.

Aaron Carlos
Aaron Carlos

Suny Albany please.. I know the Giants trained here before but most of students here are jet fans!

bob
bob

Hey BB...... Could you do a piece on the state of the Jets offensive line? I would like to do a opinion piece on it. I would really love to see your perspective on that..

Nick Evans
Nick Evans

Newark? Not a chance I went to school there for 4 years no way that city could hold a training camp like cortland has. If they're gunna move keep it in florham park or consider south jersey.

a57se
a57se

SUNY Stony Brook has been mentioned in the past as a possible atlernative....the campus is fairly isolated but it is much closer to the Jets traditional fanbase and their is also access via the LIRR/////sounds like a no brainer to me.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Someone should tell Idzik that the last thing the Jets need is more churn, indecision and reversing direction (in this case literally). I have no personal issues for or against Cortland, but it would be a mistake crowding the team into any area that can't be isolated due to distractions. As it is, they have enough players performing acts that compromise the organization's integrity and the NFL's reputation.


Nothing negative or embarrassing has come out of Cortland...yet, so leave well enough alone for a few bucks.

jake100
jake100

I have this crush on Dawn Aponte! I love powerful women, and ones that will ruin the phins, lol

Joan Israel
Joan Israel

Newark!?!?!...I've got an even more beautiful, bucolic setting for the team: Camden. Gorgeous in the middle of August.


Jim Israel

levi
levi

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. This Northern NYer wont make it down south for it.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

Now what reason am I going to have to drive to Cortland for some of Bob's BBQ and his mom's freakin' awesome homemade pies?!!!


http://www.bobsbarbecue.com/


I really love Cortland, and I think it's interesting the one year they didn't go—because of the lockout—was the year that the team imploded due to locker room issues.

here2win
here2win

Is John Idzik trying to creat a 12th with the Jets? They left Queens for Giants Stadium, and now in are in a 99 year contract at Met Life who they share with the Gaints. The Jets have a built in disconnect with their fan base and that's a fact.

I'm not saying they're aren't real Jet fans living New Jersey or outside of the tri state area but the ones in Queens and on Long Island have been left in the dust.

A Jets Stadium east of New York would have been a big hit, I can understand they may have outgrown Hofstra but could have constructed a training facility somewhere closer to home, if it's at Atlantic health somewhere in Queens, back at Hofstra fine.

The fan base can't all get to cortland with regularity if the Jets want record crowds start by making themselves more accessible to the fanbase.

bob
bob

Or maybe they want to take mini vacations in and out the huge state of New York's country side.

and check out different towns.

cunny
cunny

Isn't what the Jets used to do at Hofstra exactly what you're describing?

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Come to Southern California for a week or 2 nice weather, plus I know fans will show up.

jake100
jake100

@frustjetfn  Leave well enough alone for a few bucks? Do you realize who the jets owner is? He brought in Tebow for the money  and circus,not caring how it affected the Jets season. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

jake100
jake100

@Joseph Salvatore Barone 

Those were the days! I would call in sick, and me and my buddy would take our kids and their friends and have a blast!  Oh  how I miss those days!

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@here2win would of been nice if they could of built our own stadium next to citifield 

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@jake100@frustjetfnIt's never to late to learn. Besides, this sounds like it may be Idzik's idea and he may not be as up on Jets history as lifelong fans.

IMO there are sooooo many distractions in this area and opportunities for getting in trouble that Rex's idea of isolation to focus on team was an imperative. Ye old saying goes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," so let's focus on the many areas that need fixing.

Peter Whelan
Peter Whelan

Idziks father was a coach on the Jets. I'm sure he knows Jet history none of us will ever know.

jake100
jake100

@frustjetfn @jake100  Makes sense to me, but money rules. Don't get me wrong, I agree, but we all know what wins out when the smoke clears, $$$$$$$$$ Something else to consider, I remember many jets players being unhappy with the isolation in Cortland.  I guess the bottom line is to get a pulse on where the team will be happy training, after all, they are the ones that will be doing battle on the field.