When you are late, you've just told me something. You've just told me and everyone else involved that you believe you are more important than we are. When a guy's late for a meeting or a practice, he gets fined. When he's late a second time, he doesn't start. If it gets to a third, he's out of a job. This is nonnegotiable. I've told my players, 'I don't care how talented you are, how necessary to the team's success you are; if you're late, you won't be here anymore.' I told them that I would not rant and rave about it. 'I won't stand at the front of the meeting or at practice and scream and yell when you're late. But if you're late, you are not going to be here.' There are guys who are no longer Jets because they didn't take me seriously.
Me? I'm always looking at the clock. My dad used to say that late is being five minutes early, so late was never an option for me, nor is it now.