Hue Jackson left the Cincinnati Bengals' practice fields Tuesday afternoon fuming.
Upset over sloppy, inconsistent play from his players, the offensive coordinator had only one thing on his mind: making fixes.
As the Bengals opened this week's joint practices with the New York Giants, bad snaps, dropped passes, fumbled carries and penalties marred the day for Cincinnati's offense. The collective performance was a step back from where Jackson's unit had been trying to progress entering Friday's preseason opener.
"We're just not going to stand for that. That's unacceptable," Jackson said. "We've got to get it fixed."
Although clearly perturbed by some of the miscues the Bengals had, Jackson still felt no need to panic. While it may be running thin, his patience hasn't completely expired. After all, it's still the early stages of training camp, and the Sept. 13 regular-season opener at Oakland remains a little more than a month away.
"There's no wake-up call. It's practice," Jackson said. "These things are going to happen when you practice against other teams. These are unfortunate things, but these are learning moments so they don't happen when you really play. That's the key."
It wasn't all negative for Jackson on Tuesday, though. He was pleased by some of what the Bengals showcased in red zone drills late in the practice. He was particularly energized by the two scoring receptions A.J. Green had from Andy Dalton. Green opened those final exercises by putting a double move on a Giants cornerback before catching the pass as he crossed the plane of the goal line.