Rex Ryan: 'Hard Knocks' won't hurt Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan downplayed the idea that the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks" gave opposing teams information that could be used against them.

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron told reporters in Baltimore on Friday that he gleaned "strategic" information from watching the miniseries that chronicled the Jets' preseason.

"Yeah, there was probably a lot revealed in that strategically, the way I viewed it," Cameron said. "At least what we were jotting down. There was a lot of stuff in there, strategically."

Ryan, who served as a coordinator with Cameron in Baltimore under head coach John Harbaugh in 2008, didn't think teams could learn any pertinent information from the behind-the-scenes look the show provided.

"What you going to learn?" Ryan asked reporters on Saturday. "You guys saw it. What did you get out of it?"

The series showed footage of the Jets' depth chart as it evolved throughout the preseason. NFL scouts told ESPNNewYork.com that they were stunned to see the information.

Still, Ryan said the Ravens could learn more from looking at their own playbook because he employs the same defensive game plan with the Jets that he did during his days in Baltimore.

"There might be something in the playbook that might be a little more revealing than what you saw on 'Hard Knocks,'" Ryan said.

Jets corner Antonio Cromartie pointed out that Cameron didn't do much with the information provided by the previous 'Hard Knocks,' which featured Baltimore's division rival, the Cincinnati Bengals.

Baltimore lost both games to the Bengals in 2009.

"Good luck; that's all I could tell Cam," Cromartie said. "Good luck with it."

Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins had a different take.

"I know we sacrificed some things by being on 'Hard Knocks' because they got to see some things about us. Some strengths. Some weaknesses," Jenkins said. "But when it's all said and done, it's still football.

"I don't think [information revealed on 'Hard Knocks'] is ... going to be detrimental to our season or our goals. But of course it's going to make games tougher. Of course it's going to make the bull's-eye bigger."

Jenkins also said the team had fun while filming "Hard Knocks" but he was happy to see the cameras go at the end of the preseason.

"We're glad that we did it but at the same time we're glad that we have some peace in the locker room," he said.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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