JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The New York Jets haven't received this many compliments since they made the playoffs in 2010. Their 6-year-old training facility in Florham Park, N.J., is drawing rave reviews from the Denver Broncos, who have been practicing there this week.
"It's a beautiful facility. The locker room is tremendous," Broncos coach John Fox said Wednesday. "Their people have been great and have bent over to make sure we have everything we need."
On Monday, the Broncos practiced on the outdoor turf field, not the field house. On Wednesday, they were scheduled for a padded practice, with Fox predicting they'd go outside again. It's 28 miles from Jersey City, where the Broncos are staying, to Florham Park. Unlike commuters, who have to deal with traffic snarls on Interstate 78 and Route 24, the Broncos have a police escort.
Fox said his players are getting accustomed to the transit system, taking trips into Manhattan, but it's time to wear their game faces. The preparation was ratcheted up Wednesday, traditionally the most important practice day of the week.
"We’ve let them enjoy it and they’ve had a good time," Fox said. "We’re kind of toning it down a little bit now. They had a curfew [Tuesday] night. They’ll have another curfew tonight, so now we’re getting back into game mode and we’ll treat this Wednesday much like any Wednesday during the regular season or playoff season for our preparation. But the New York/New Jersey people have been great. We expected that. I knew they would be."