After Eric Mangini proved he is no “man-genius” by going for it on 4th and 2 on the Jets own 20 yard line with over two minutes left, the Jets lost and became 0-4 against West Coast teams this season. This brought to surface a discussion heard several times this year. Sports writers, broadcasters, analysts and other miscellaneous journalists have questioned how coast-to-coast travel affects NFL teams. West coast teams have a terrible record against east coast teams this season, but that can be more obviously credited to the fact that the west coast teams are poor and they are playing away from home which is always a disadvantage.
The entire concept of travel making NFL teams “sluggish,” as one writer commented, makes absolutely zero sense to me. I mean, let me get this straight, the toughest professional players of an extremely physical sport can’t handle a five hour flight and a three hour time zone change? Outrageous!
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