Head coach Rex Ryan's defense was again ahead of the offense, with a few exceptions, as the "White" team, the offense, was held to two field goal drives by the "Greens" during tonight's Green & White practice at Cortland Stadium.
The first, second and third defenses in the 87-minute event combined for impressive numbers: no touchdowns allowed on 12 series, seven sacks (six in the second half) by seven different defenders, and an unofficial yardage total of 186 yards gained on 72 plays for 2.6 yards per play.
"We’re very disappointed that we didn’t score enough points," Smith said. "We understand that we have to take full advantage of our opportunities in the red zone and we’re going to get better from it. We’re going to look at tape and see exactly what went wrong and then correct it and get better at it."
"There's some disappointment," RB
The coach wasn't as down as the thin offensive output might have indicated.
"I was really impressed with our tackling. Most of the time when you start your first real live tackling, minus goal line situations, you have a lot of missed tackles but I don’t think that was the case today."
The first field goal in the first half came after one of the offense's biggest successes of the night, Smith's laser to
The second half featured four long drives. Vick moved to the first offense and generated the second field goal, by rookie
Smith came back, this time with the twos, and engineered the longest march of the night, 15 plays from his 35 to the defense's 1 as he hit four straight first-down completions, two to WR
Salas led the offense overall with five catches for 54 yards and three first downs.
"I’m pretty happy with the opportunities I’ve gotten," said Salas, who not long ago was finishing up his offseason training in Hawai‘i. "I feel like I’ve made the most of them. This is what I do in practice. I make catches, I make plays in practice, and I was glad I could come out here and do the same in this little scrimmage we had."
But after Salas drew a 24-yard pass interference call on the defense to set up first-and-goal at the 1, the offense couldn't shatter the plane as LB
"It was awesome. Love it as a defensive coach. You want to punch it in there," Ryan said of the goal line stand. "I was happy to see it. The collisions down there are pretty fierce."
Simms took over for the final two drives in the threes vs. the threes. And this defense kept driving the offense backward, primarily with sacks by
The crowd of 7,129 was treated to pre- and in-game performances by the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders and the Aviators drum line, and then to a fireworks show after the practice.