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Practice report: Rex peeved by 'sloppy' play
CORTLAND – Rex Ryan summed up Monday’s practice in one word: Sloppy.
“That’s the best way to describe it – on both sides of the ball,” said the Jets coach, referring to the three false starts to open the team period, plus a safety. “It was not our best day. ...It’s not acceptable.”
Ryan also highlighted Geno Smith’s two interceptions (during 7-on-7s), adding that open receivers weren’t even targeted at some points. “And then to top it off,” said the coach, “the defense was horrible in the last team period. So not a whole lot going for us.”
Though Ryan praised the play of veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez, the coach called out the team’s overall lack of focus and attention to detail.”
“There were too many mistakes on both sides of the ball,” said Ryan. “And I made sure they understand where I’m coming from. Especially when you come off a day off, it can’t be like that. You’ve got to be focused and you’ve got to keep moving forward. So I was not happy with the practice today.”
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If you take the Jets at their word, the coaching staff has yet to make a decision on who will start Friday night’s preseason opener in Detroit.
“We’re still discussing all that stuff,” Ryan said. “Right now, we’ll let that kind of play out.”
If they stay true to their current QB rotation, Sanchez would take first-team reps on Tuesday (as he did on Monday) and Smith would practice with the starters on Wednesday before Thursday’s travel. But it’s anyone’s guess as to what the team will do.
“We’re still in the process of going through the competition and things like that,” Ryan said. “We do rotate theme very two days. We may change that up. Tomorrow, we may go with Geno or whatever. We’ll see how it goes. But we’ve been rotating those guys pretty well and making it an even competition. With that, the guy that doesn’t start the game is still going to get opportunities with the ones.”
Neither quarterback provided any insight on the matter.
Said Sanchez: “I have no idea, Ask (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg), I have no idea.”
LB Josh Mauga watched practice from the rehab area due to “a little back thing,” according to Ryan. It sounds as if Mauga’s been bothered by pain for a few days now. …CB Dee Milliner briefly left practice in order to get his left middle and ring fingers taped together. The first-round pick was driven off the field in a golf cart in the early stages of practice, but after getting checked out by trainers, returned to position drills. Milliner didn’t seem too alarmed. …TE Kellen Winslow (pitch count) did not practice Monday, but Ryan said the receiver didn’t suffer a setback with his knee. “We’re just following (the training staff’s) plan,” the coach said. …After watching film of Saturday’s Green and White scrimmage, Ryan said DL/OLB Quinton Coples also “jumped out” to him. …LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson may be having his best training camp, according to the coach, while LB Calvin Pace is having a ‘monster’ camp. …Now that he’s healthy, LB Ricky Sapp is finally confident – and it shows on the field, said Ryan. “We’re really getting to see what he can do,” he said. “Cause he certainly jumped off in the scrimmage and he’s been doing a good job. He really has.” …It’s clear that Matt Simms and Greg McElroy were never really being considered for the starting job, but Ryan said the competition for third-string QB is really heating up. The Jets coach praised Simms’ “big arm,” while acknowledging McElroy’s veteran “been-there-done-that” presence.