After 2 Brawls, Are New York Jets Already Crumbling?

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIAugust 7, 2012

July 28, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks with the media following the second day of training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

After making headlines as the result of a brawl during practice on Monday, the New York Jets engaged in yet another scuffle Tuesday, according to Rich Cimini of This time the fight caused head coach Rex Ryan to halt practice and yell at his team.

Then, about 15 minutes later, cornerback Antonio Cromartie was yelling at tight end Dustin Keller. Ryan immediately stopped practice again and made the entire team run punishment sprints as a result. Clearly the head coach is worried that his team is crumbling and wants to nip the problem in the bud. 

Still, even after all of that, tensions don't seem to be dissipating on the team. The offense and defense still appear to be at odds with each other after what was an incredibly tumultuous offseason. Last year a promising season was derailed by internal strife, and things don't appear to have improved.

On Monday, running back Joe McKnight and safety D'Anton Lynn got into it, causing a multi-player brawl that almost spilled over into a spectator area.

The Jets are facing a make-or-break season under Ryan, who is under fire from all sides after he failed to have a grasp on just how bad the locker room atmosphere was last season. These fights early in camp could be indicative of major problems.

The Jets certainly have the talent to be a playoff contender in the AFC this year. But if the players are at odds with each other, New York will have no hope of winning on Sundays. 

Quarterback Mark Sanchez and Ryan both expressed their displeasure after Monday's fight, so neither could have been happy about Tuesday's incidents. The Jets need to figure this all out or their season could be over before it begins. A team can't win in today's NFL unless everyone is on the same page and working together.