No Weaknesses: The Bengals have reached the postseason in each of the past five years and head coach Todd Bowles delivered a glowing scouting report on Marvin Lewis' crew.
"Obviously well-coached. They've got a lot of talent, to the quarterback to the receivers, to the tight ends, the running backs, the offensive line is huge, " he said. "(The) defensive line is active. Experienced linebackers, a good secondary. They've got a good overall team. They win every year for a reason."
Marshall Isn't Happy:Set to begin his 11th NFL season and 2nd with the Jets, Brandon Marshall says he is concerned with only one stat.
"I just want to win. I don't care about the big play," he said. "I don't care about making SportsCenter. I don't care about contracts and all of that. At this point in my career, I just want to win. I'm not happy. I'm not happy until I win. I'm not excited about, 'Oh, come Sunday, the flyover.' Well, Sunday will be special because it's 9/11, obviously, but when the clock hits zero, where do we stand? And that's what I care about for the rest of my career."
Adam or Pacman:The good-natured Marshall said he's going to ask Bengals CB Adam "Pacman" Jones Sunday afternoon if he should call him by his first name or by his moniker. But when he turned serious, Marshall threw plenty of compliments towards Jones and the entire 'Nati secondary.
"A cornerback, if he's outside leverage, nine times out of 10 someone is coming from inside-out. They play a lot of zone and they work well together," he said. "We have to be patient and just take what they're giving us. They're not going to give up too many big plays. It's a special defense with special guys over there."
Jets Continue Prep for Season-Opener Against the Bengals
AA on Boyer: A day after re-signing with the Jets, S Antonio Allen was asked about new Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer.
"He knows what he's doing," Allen said. "I've seen a couple of kickoffs and he's got the return guys everywhere, so he's going to catch some guys off guard."
A Young Tiger:The Bengals didn't have a memorable 2008 season, but Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has fond memories of the 4-11-1 campaign. Taking over for injured starter Carson Palmer in Week 4, Fitzpatrick would start 12 games including a Week 6 26-14 loss to the Jets at the Meadowlands.
"That was one of my most important years — maybe my most important in terms of developing as a quarterback in this league," he said today. "Even though it wasn't pretty, even though there was a ton of adversity and ton of bumps and failures, that was a really important year for me. Marvin Lewis was the coach, he stuck with me, which I'll always appreciate him for that. Coach (Ken) Zampese, who is now the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, was my QB coach and taught me a ton about the game, so very fond memories."
First Injury Report: While veteran LB David Harris (shoulder) was limited Wednesday, rookie OLB Jordan Jenkins (calf) did not participate and Bowles said a decision on his availability will be made Sunday. DL Leonard Williams was held out with leg/groin soreness, but the Big Cat said it was nothing too serious and he indicated he'll return to practice on Thursday.