|ERIC MANGINI Not target of criticism|
Coaches clear the air
Mangini, Billick put flap in past
Jets coach Eric Mangini cleared the air with Baltimore's Brian Billick after the Ravens coach accused New York of using an "illegal" ploy to draw his team offside during Sunday's game.
"I talked to Brian [Tuesday] and we had a good conversation," Mangini said yesterday. "It was important for me to talk to him and make sure we didn't have a misunderstanding. We don't coach things to cause penalties. We don't believe in getting penalties, and it's something that we work to minimize at all times."
Billick said Monday that the Jets' defense "did a very, very effective job of illegally simulating the snap count" to intentionally throw off the Baltimore offense during the Ravens' 20-13 win. He claimed the tactic led to three illegal procedure penalties against the Ravens, but said his criticism was leveled at the officials, not the Jets.
"I was being critical of the officiating," Billick said. "It had nothing to do with Eric Mangini. I was more upset that they were doing it better than we were. We all do it. The official usually gets on it right away and stops it. That's all I was saying."
Meanwhile, it's been speculated that Mangini broke an unwritten rule among the league's coaches by exposing Bill Belichick and the Patriots' use of a video camera to tape signals in their season-opening 38-14 win over the Jets.
"In terms of unwritten rules, you'd have to talk to the people that are bringing that up," Mangini said. "I feel very comfortable with where we are in the situation."