Good thing ESPN chose to do its exhaustive coverage of the Jets' training camp last week instead of this week.
Fortunately for the Jets, the cameras missed quite a show on Monday.
The New York Daily News' Jets beat writer Manish Mehta tweeted a play-by-play of a massive brawl that took place during Monday's practice that reportedly involved running back Joe McKnight and cornerback D'Anton Lynn, the son of running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
Wow. Huge fight breaks out between joe McKnight and d'anton Lynn. McKnight throws ball at Lynn. Fight Spills into media area— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 6, 2012
That fight was insane. After McKnight catches pass from McElroy. Lynn shoved Mcnight out of bounds. Then rumble ensued. 20 players involved— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 6, 2012
Shortly thereafter, the Daily News' Seth Walder tweeted a video of the action:
Here's some video of the fight, shortly after Lynn wrestled McKnight down.twitvid.com/M1ML9— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) August 6, 2012
Post-skirmish, the Associated Press' Dennis Waszak Jr. tweeted that McKnight, in fact, had no idea whom he was fighting until it was all over:
Joe McKnight said he didn't know who it was that he fought with until later. Said "it's fun" at the bottom of a pile. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 6, 2012
It was just another eventful day at the practice field for the Jets, which once again made headlines for the wrong reason.
Given all of the expectations facing the Jets following the arrival of Tebow, this melee is the last thing they needed. Just before the exhibition schedule begins, no team needs to be saddled with the unwanted scrutiny that accompanies an inter-squad brawl—especially when that squad is attempting to get back to the playoffs after finishing a disappointing 8-8 season.
Right now, the Jets need to be focused on team unity and preparation ahead of a season in which it will be critical to put up a fight against the Patriots in the AFC East.
Fights between third-year running backs and rookies certainly aren't on the agenda for a team desperately in need of an upswing.