Preseason games are expected to be generic exhibitions for starters to shed their offseason rust and for younger players to prove they belong in the league. Either way, Bengals offensive line coach (and assistant head coach) Paul Alexander isn't happy with the Jets... and specifically with their head coach Rex Ryan, who increased his number of blitzes after his first-team unit called it a night.
"Notice he didn't bring that stuff when our starters were out there," said Alexander via Bengals.com. "We would have scored quicker. He wants to put the starting defense out there and blitz all that garbage against the third stringers and he feels good about it, then all the power to him."
While Alexander might be irritated, we have to believe that facing an NFL blitzing scheme is good for players like Tanner Hawkinson, Trey Hopkins, and even starters preparing for the regular season opener against Baltimore. However, quarterback Matt Scott took a massive shot in the second quarter that led to a fumble. Tyler Wilson took another, which forced him out of the game. Wilson, however is expected to be ready this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.