Before camp even began, it was no secret that the Jets' secondary was going to endure some rough moments this year—but not even John Idzik himself would admit to anticipating the situation in the defensive backfield getting this ugly in just the second week of the preseason.
Without Dee Milliner, the Jets made the Bengals' new $115 million man look underpaid. Andy Dalton connected on all eight of his passes, one of which included a long pass to Mohamed Sanu over slot cornerback Kyle Wilson. He finished with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
For his first start, Allen did an admirable job covering one of the top receivers in the game. Still, the fact that the Jets made Dalton look like a red-headed wizard has to draw a serious amount of concern, preseason or not.
Unfortunately for the Jets, it is too late to make any 11th-hour roster additions to alleviate the stress on these inexperienced players, as Rex Ryan noted in his post-game press conference.
Ryan can talk about how confident he is in his defense all he wants, but the fact that he has already made some eyebrow-raising personnel changes, such as converting Antonio Allen to cornerback, outlines their desperation.
It is certainly feasible that Ryan has a few schematic tricks up his sleeve he is waiting to deploy when the season starts, but these past two games will have all eyes on the secondary for the rest of the preseason.