The last time the Jets went to London, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall were having an affair, and Todd Bowles was navigating his first full season as head coach.
Six years later, a new artist is about to introduce himself at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The jets were set to make the seven-hour trip to London on Thursday night and land early Friday, with plans to rest on the flight and have a few days overseas to adjust before “hosting” the Falcons on Sunday. .
Teams have tinkered with international flight times, but the current school of thought involves skipping Thursday nights, which Atlanta is also following.
Jets coach Robert Saleh, who coached linebackers with the Jaguars from 2014-16, recalled that the Jaguars were flying their first season to England shortly after last Sunday’s game, which made for a “pathetic week”. .
“Next year we did it on a Thursday, and that – for me, at least talking to the players – on Sunday suits them best,” he said this week. “We won and did it again the next year and won.
“The performance department has a really good plan.”
He didn’t like to divulge much of the specifics of that plan, but wide receiver Keelan Cole, who was often part of Jaguars teams playing overseas, said he didn’t want to change too much. He hoped to fly into sleep, wake up in London, with a time difference of five hours, perhaps do some research and practice.
There is a lot of eagerness to learn how to best prepare the team. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, who has never experienced travel, is leaning on tight end coach Ron Middleton, who was with Jacksonville and will take part in his seventh game overseas. LaFleur chatted with Packers offensive coordinator Nate Hackett, another former Jaguars coach, to get some advice.
“For me, we’re just going to play in a different stadium,” LaFleur said on Thursday. “I think times have changed, but we’re going to play football, and we’ve got a job.”
After the conflict, the Jets can hold their breath and will enter their goodbye (holiday?) week.
Some important Falcons were not expected to board the aircraft.
Calvin Ridley, one of the top receivers in the league and Matt Ryan’s favorite target, was unwilling to make the trip due to a personal matter, the Falcons announced. Russell Gage, another top choice for Ryan, will also be out of the game with an ankle injury.
For the second week in a row, the jets’ young secondary will see a reduced receiver core. Last Sunday the unit included the Titans, who did not have Julio Jones and AJ Brown due to injuries.
Safety Adrian Colbert (concussion), tight end Tyler Croft (back), safety Marcus Mai (ankle) and wide receiver Jeff Smith (concussion) did not practice. Cornerback Brandin Eckol (concussion) and defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd (knee) were limited.
The Jets released the practice squad’s offensive lineman Jimmy Murray.