FOXBOROUGH — Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who mishandled a fake punt that led directly to a crushing Jets touchdown, took full responsibility for the gaffe when he spoke to the media about the situation outside his locker this afternoon.
“It’s OK,” Chung said when asked what the last 24 hours have been like for him. “I’ll make the best of it I guess.”
Regarding the bungled punt play, Chung put it all on himself. “Of course there are regrets, that’s part of the game,” Chung said. “That’s part of the game. It’s all on me. Not Bill [Belichick], not Scotty O [special teams coach Scott O’Brien], none of them, I take full responsibility.”
Chung spoke about what he saw in the Jets formation that made him decide to go for the fake play. “I just saw a look that we have, that’s how it goes, you make the call,” Chung said. “It didn’t work out for us. So leave Bill alone. Leave Scotty O. alone. I’ll take responsibility. Blame me.”
Chung was asked if he thought he would have been able to make the first down if he had caught the snap. “There’s no ‘if,'” Chung said. “If I didn’t catch it, that’s part of the game. It’s part of the game, some things happen, you have to bounce back from it. That play’s over now. That’s my responsibility. It didn’t work out for us.”
Chung was asked if it was the right call to take that gamble. “I take full responsibility… no one else,” Chung replied.
Chung would not elaborate when asked if Belichick and the coaching staff were supportive after the botched play. “Talk to Bill about that,” Chung said. “Talk to Bill about it. I mean, it’s my call man. Regardless if he supports me or not, you can talk to him about that. That’s my mistake.”