So I couldn’t take it anymore. I kept seeing comments and reviews from the new book Collision Low Crossers, the story of the 2011 Jets. I’m glad I have it on the Kindle because it seems I’m highlighting like every paragraph. This is probably going to be a quick read as I can’t put it down. I stopped briefly to start this post, but now I’m going to dig back in. So far so good!
Nicholas Dawidoff was given complete access and invited by Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum to stay with the Jets all season at their facility.
It was Ryan, and the Jets general manager, Mike Tannenbaum, who invited me to spend the year with their team at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. They gave me a security code, a desk in the scouting department , a locker, and the freedom to roam.
Why the Book is Called Collision Low Crossers:
“Collision low crossers,” for example , was a particular favorite of mine. The phrase, virtually unknown outside the facility, was used in their playbook by Jets defensive coaches to describe players, usually linebackers, making legal contact with any potential pass receiver who was crossing the field within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Beyond five yards, collisioning someone became a penalty.
(The Jets running-back coach Anthony Lynn had been divorced several years earlier after an eighteen-year marriage . He is now remarried, but he told me that the biggest change he noticed during his second round of dating was that women had come to love football.)
The Jets linebacker coach, Bob Sutton, compared players in their helmets and pads to armored knights on horses—“ You knew there was somebody in there but you didn’t know who the hell it was!” Sutton likewise savored the fact that, to others, a coach was “a kind of mystical person.”