- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Can't believe we're still talking about a preseason game, three days after the fact, but New York Jets-Cincinnati Bengals keeps giving. Turns out the Bengals were surprised (read: not happy) with Rex Ryan's late-game blitzing tactics.
"Notice he didn't bring that stuff when our starters were out there," Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said, according to Cincinnati.com. "We'd have scored quicker. If he wants to put his starting defense out there and blitz all that garbage against our third-stringers, if he feels good about it, then all the power to him.''
Backup quarterback Jason Campbell, who didn't play because of an injury, said: "Some of it was a little extreme. I remember back in the day, preseason games you didn't see any blitzes. Everyone was so vanilla all the way to the regular season. Now it's a different day and age and teams really just throw it all out there."
The Jets won 25-17, playing with an aggressive mentality from start to finish. They went for a home run on the first play, but Geno Smith overthrew an open David Nelson on a deep post. The Jets incurred 12 penalties, including six personal fouls, but as Ryan said Monday, "We weren't going to be a punching bag."