Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan brushes off criticism about blitzing Bengals backups

August 20, 2014 - 4:11 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WEDNESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Mets at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, South Korea vs. Japan, 3 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, Nevada vs. Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: [caption id="attachment_34461" align="alignright" width="150"] Rex Ryan[/caption] -- The Jets won Saturday night's preseason game over the Bengals, 25-17, but the Cincinnati coaching staff wasn't pleased with the strategy New York used. Jets coach Rex Ryan had his team employ a variety of blitzes against the Bengals backups after Cincy starting quarterback Andy Dalton lit up New York's struggling secondary, going 8-for-8 for 144 yards and a touchdown, with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. "Notice he didn't bring that stuff when our starters were out there," Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said (via 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." Said Bengals backup quarterback Jason Campbell (who was inactive, leaving third-stringer QB Matt Scott to deal with the blitzing): "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." Ryan brushed off the comments. "I don't know why they'd be shocked," he said. "I don't worry about their team." -- Former punter Chris Kluwe, who accused the Vikings of releasing him after the 2012 season because he was a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, reached a settlement with the club Tuesday to avoid a lawsuit. Kluwe will not receive any money, but the Vikings will donate to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. "This will help a lot of people that really do need that help," Kluwe said at a press conference, adding that team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf "want to make this a reality where there is no discrimination in sports, there is no homophobia." The team also will require all employees to undergo sensitivity training four teams per year. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer already was ordered to attend training and serve a three-game suspension for insensitive comments he made to Kluwe. "In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff," Zygi Wilf said in a statement. -- A decade after then-Canucks player Todd Bertuzzi attacked Avalanche rookie Steve Moore from behind and caused him to hit his face on the ice and suffer a concussion and fractured vertebrae, the two sides reached a settlement regarding Moore's lawsuit. A trial had been set for Sept. 8 in the multimillion-dollar case. Bertuzzi's lawyer confirmed the settlement but said the terms are confidential. Moore, who played at Harvard, alleged that the Canucks had put a bounty on him as revenge for his hit that injured Canucks captain Markus Naslund in a game the previous month. Moore never fully recovered from his injuries and did not play again. He said earlier this year he still has headaches and low energy. Bertuzzi, who played for the Red Wings last season, was suspended for the rest of the 2003-04 regular season and playoffs after the March 8 incident. He also served one year of probation and 80 hours of community service after pleading guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I've been asked this question a few times: What's more challenging, this or last October? It's always now. This is always more challenging because it's the one that's here and now. We felt we had a good offensive team, so that was challenging and frustrating at the same time. You're looking for ways to try to figure it out and what you can do differently. We're all wired differently to think, 'What could I do differently?' " -- Red Sox manager John Farrell, on the struggles of this year's team STAT OF THE DAY: 4 1/2 -- Hours of rain delays during Tuesday night's Giants-Cubs game, which finally was called at 1:16 a.m. after 4 1/2 innings, with the Cubs taking a 2-0 victory -- following some struggles from the Wrigley Field grounds crew 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun leaps over the bullpen wall to take a home run away from Red Sox batter Brock Holt. Giancarlo Stanton wins the game for the Marlins with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Rangers. The Cardinals walk off against the Reds when John Jay is hit by a J.J. Hoover pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. Announcer Bob Costas gets a second first pitch after he throws wide and Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski can't haul it in. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jerry Adair SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.