On Friday the New York Jets will play in their first preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. This will be the first opportunity for Rex Ryan and company to see the product of a new offensive system headed by newly hired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Ryan offered a few words about what he expects for Friday's matchup. Unlike typical preseason games, he will utilize the first team for more than just a few series to test the flow of the offense and get them to gel before Week 1.
"I think the starters will play, give or take, probably the quarter of the game," said Ryan. "We could extend that or some could get less. You generally don't want to extend your defense or some guys more than 15 plays, as a rough number. Again, we'll see how it goes, but generally that's the plan," spoke Ryan."
Ryan would not go into specific details regarding the type of scheme he would be using, but he did say that the Jets would rotate the offensive guard spot between Matt Slauson, and Vladminir Ducasse. Ryan commented that Ducasse has earned the right to play but that he is very impressed with Slauson's progression.
Another detail that Coach Ryan shared was that Cincinnati should be ready to defend the Wildcat. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow will relieve Mark Sanchez midway through the game and open up the possibility of the formation.
"I think Tim and everybody else needs the opportunity to go against live competition," admitted Ryan. "I think that's where he excels."
Ryan stated that Tebow would not be working with the first team offensive line. He has been working with the former Bronco on getting the ball out of the pocket quicker and utilizing the passing game, similar to the style of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Ryan ruled out Santonio Holmes from the game due to his injured rib. Ryan states that Jets fans should be looking forward today as it will be a great indicator at how the offense is progressing.
"It's going to be a great test", said Ryan. "Cincinnati is a playoff team with a lot of young talent and Marvin (Lewis) does a great job over there, so I think that's going to be a good test for us."