Tomorrow the Jets will hold their Green and White practice, which will offer fans their first opportunity to watch Gang Green in a “simulated game environment” before the team begins its preseason schedule Thursday at Cleveland. Yes the Jets will make sure to keep their quarterbacks protected, but tomorrow will still give players an opportunity to handle overlooked aspects of the game such as clock management. During Eric Mangini’s pre-practice press conference, the Jets head coach explained how beneficial the simulation can be.
“You can’t create as a coach the stuff that comes up in a game. You try to as much as possible, but every time we throw a certain amount of time on the clock with a certain amount of timeouts, the scenario is completely different,” said Mangini. “So this allows you to go through the process in a game, see what happens, put the coaches in some different spots so they can appreciate those roles.”
After watching more than one week of practices, Mangini seems like he’s ready to see what he has. For backups like QB Brett Ratliff and WR David Clowney, who have shined in several 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, simulated games will show Mangini how these players constantly react in and out of the huddle.
It seems like even the players look forward to these game simulations. With practices remaining pretty consistent day in and day out, the simulations are a nice change of pace.
“[The simulation] breaks up the monotony of practice,” said QB Kellen Clemens. “You get to game plan and scheme for a little bit.”
It was also interesting to have Mangini explain how the green and white teams are actually chosen. The general managers for each team? General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and Senior Personnel Executive Terry Bradway.
“Really it’s Terry and Mike do the initial [player selections], and then I’ll look at it. I’ll switch some guys around, and I show it to the coaches and they complain and talk about it, well, I can’t do this and I can’t do that,” said Mangini.
As one reporter called the selection process during the press conference, you can think of this as a fantasy draft.
“You trade and you don’t know who’s going to get banged up and who can go, who can’t go, so that switches everything around,” said Mangini.
The two head coaches will be Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton and Running Backs coach Jimmy Raye.
Besides the victor of the game having bragging rights as Mangini explained, there is an extra incentive to come out a winner tomorrow. What’s that incentive?
“(I think it’s) like a sack lunch versus a steak dinner. Sort of, it’s not quite a steak dinner, but generally there is something to it,” said Clemens.
Clemens could do nothing but smile when he told reporters he played on the winning side last year.
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