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Jane McManus of The Journal News on the Jets.



Of course you can’t get too excited about preseason games, starters don’t play much and the final score doesn’t matter. But you just know Rex Ryan would love to get the better of his old team with the Jets play Baltimore tonight at 8. Most coaches would try to downplay the significance to lower expectations, but by now we all know that’s just not Ryan’s style.

“You got myself and (Baltimore head coach) John (Harbaugh), two great buddies going against each other,” Ryan said. “I’ve got the utmost respect for their players, their coaching staff and that entire organization from the top down. From Steve Bisciotti on, but that’s what’s fun. You’re there and you’re like ‘wow this is a preseason game,’ but it’s going to feel special. I know it is. It’s not just going to feel special to me. It’s going to feel special for all our guys. If there’s such a thing as a special preseason game, I think this is it.”

Not long after Ryan was named Jets head coach in January, he started pulling in some of his defense. He wanted linebacker Bart Scott so much that he showed up in his driveway at midnight at the start of free agency. To bring the defensive backs in line with his system, he pulled in S Jim Leonhard.

Linebacker Bart Scott weighed in on tonight’s matchup.

“I don’t know what they’re putting into it,” Scott said. “I don’t know what the coaches may say. You never know with coach Harbaugh. I’m sure they are out there to prove it was more-or-less them, not Rex’s system. But they’re running the same system.”

As for the quarterbacks, both Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez should play more, and Ryan said he could see Sanchez getting a little more playing time given that Clemens got two series against St. Louis. Ryan knows that both will have a harder time against Baltimore.

“And by the way, that other team over there is pretty good on defense,” Ryan said. “They’re going to be looking to hunt. They’re going to get after him just like we’ll be looking to get after their quarterback. It’s going to be fun. It’ll be good to watch. It’s going to be closer to regular season tempo than any preseason game. I know the way the Ravens play. They’re going to give us everything they (have) and we’re going to give them everything we (have).”

He said the Jets could name a starter soon depending on what he sees in the game.

“I would say that every snap is important,” Clemens said. “Obviously, you can evaluate somebody a little bit better in games than you can in practice, but every snap that we get out there is important. I think Baltimore will be no different.”

The Jets have brought Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti back for the night. The Ivy Leaguer may not be NFL material, but the Jets are going to give him a series under the lights. That’s darn human of them in a league that cuts you at noon and removes your name plate at 12:01.

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10 Responses to “Baltimore”

  1. joe b

    Bringing Pizzotti back. Why? Could they be thinking about possibly dangling Ainge out there as trade bait. After all you don’t really need 3 YOUNG QBs. Sanches & Clemens are going to get the bulk of the work this season. I can’t see Ainge getting on the field at all, unless there is a serious injury. Ainge probably has fair trade value combined with a high draft pick. Or maybe Clemens will be traded. Food for thought

  2. Alex


    Excellent close to your post (about the name plate). It’s a gem.

  3. joe b

    Miami cut Ernest Wilford. He is definitely worth a look see

  4. JetOrange

    Joe B.

    Great idea, I am of the belief that the value of Ainge/Clemens is about a fourth round pick. possibly you could get a third for Ainge. I watched the Giant game the other day, and David Carr is bad, if I were the Giants I would pony up a third in a heartbeat, for Clemens or Ainge.
    Consider, the Jets recently have used mid round draft picks, to trade up, ie. Revis, Harris, Keller,Greene and of course Sanchez. The Jets have also traded a third and a fifth for Jenkins. To offset this loss of mid round draft choices the Jets have been aggressive with Undrafted Free Agents, ie. Devito, Wallace Wright,Stanley Danials, Trusnick, Murrell and Cummings. Could bringing back Pizzotti be part of an overall policy to make the Jets more attractive to Undrafted Free Agents, and the Agent community that represents them. I have a cynical twist on everything.

  5. joe b

    Oh Well. I guess we can’t expect too much. We still are not playing with our complete 1st OL.. Noooo not again. Sanchez looks frazzled. Be back later. Gotta watch and see what we got!!!

  6. joe b

    QT 1 ,,, UGLY

  7. joe b

    Where was Clowney? Is he injured ?

  8. PJH

    Vernon Gholston=bust.

  9. joe b

    I’m sorry, but I still am not sold on Clowney. And where were Stuckey and Keller in all of this? Danny Woodhead is too small. Ghoston, #1 pick, big mistake. Sanchez should be the starter. Brad Snith is a wildcat player, too many drops. This team needs to make a deal for a top WR to help Sanchez. 0-2 and looking at the Giants next week. This will be a long 5 days to Saturday. Can’t wait to read all the blogs.

  10. JetOrange

    It was ugly, nice drive by Ainge

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Jane McManusJane McManus joined The Journal News in 1999, after working at The Daily News and Newsday. Since she's been here, she's covered everything from girls basketball to the Final Four, the U.S. Open of both golf and tennis and recreational sports from rock climbing to roller derby (which she liked so much she joined the team). READ MORE
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