CORTLAND, N.Y.—The New York Jets continued their training camp, taking the field in full padding and learning the new system that Rex Ryan and his coaching staff have outlined for their team. Ryan has recommitted himself to the run game this year, and his mentality has translated to his players on the field.
Without realizing it, the Jets ran 22 straight running plays to start camp and Ryan likes the potential that he sees. He went on to comment about his revamped offense, highlighting what he expects from his running as well as his passing game.
"We need to establish the running game and have our opponents understand that we are a running team," Ryan commented. "That was absolutely terrific. I liked the mindset we had."
Ryan went on to mention that he foresees great success in this year's running game. He wants to bring the team back to how they were in Mark Sanchez's rookie year, where their running/passing combination brought them all the way to the AFC title game. He maintains the age-old stance that a dominant running game will only help the passing game.
"The ideal world for us is that you're playing with eight-man-spacing and you have to get them all down there to stop our run and allow our outside guys to go one-on-one, said Ryan."
When asked about how he expects his two quarterback system to work, Ryan responded positively, commending the work ethic that both Sanchez and Tim Tebow have displayed in the first few days of camp. He believes that a two quarterback system can work, citing the example of legendary 49ers quarterbacks of Joe Montana and Steve Young. Ryan states that Sanchez and offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano, are on the same page, as if they have been working together for years. Meanwhile, Tebow's skill set makes him a viable option for a wildcat formation. His speed can beat defenders in the outside and his size can mow defenders over inside. Ryan had nothing but praise for the former Florida Gator.
"There's no doubt, but Tebow is a guy that we know can be effective," said Ryan. "He's a football player and that's what I see" said Ryan. "We have to get him out there and we will."
Ryan believes that his receiving corps will be better than last year due to the vast increase in team speed. The Green and White added former Oakland Raider, Chaz Schilens, who ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash out at his rookie scouting combine in 2008. They also added the fastest player of this year's draft in Stephen Hill. With these two alongside veteran Santonio Holmes, the Jets have speedy targets for Sanchez to hit for big gains.
Ryan finished off the day by saying that he was very pleased with what he saw on the field and that fans will have plenty of reason to share his excitement once the first week of the regular season arrives.