FOXBOROUGH — Jets coach Rex Ryan fired back at Patriots counterpart Bill Belichick Wednesday, disputing Belichick’s claim that the Jets also used the illegal push technique on a field goal attempt, the same play that drew a flag on the Patriots in overtime.
The penalty, which was called against rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones, wiped out a 56-yard missed field goal attempt by Jets kicker Nick Folk and gave the Jets 15 more yards and an automatic first down. Folk subsequently connected from 42 yards, giving the Jets a 30-27 overtime win and ending their five-game losing streak to the Patriots.
During a Tuesday teleconference with Patriots reporters, Belichick was asked about the report that Jets coaches had tipped off the referees about the Patriots using the push technique, something they reportedly noticed from the Patriots-Saints game film.
“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don’t even know about all that,” Belichick said.
Informed of Belichick’s comments and asked for his reaction after Wednesday’s practice, Ryan began by shaking his head as the question was still being asked.
“That’s not true, that’s not true,” said Ryan. “He’s got to make up his mind: Was he aware of this thing, was it second level, all this kind of jazz? Or now, what the story is, we did it. OK, I got you.”
After the game, when asked about the penalty, Belichick said, “We weren’t on the second level when we pushed him. You can’t push from the second level, but I don’t think we did that.”
On Monday, Belichick took responsibility for not properly understanding the rule that Jones was penalized for.
“Look, it’s our job to understand the rules. Whatever the bottom line is, we didn’t do it properly. What else is there to say?”
Usually plenty, when it comes to almost anything between New York and Boston.
Ryan seemed to take delight in beating the Patriots in the manner in which he did. But even he said it’s time to turn the page.
“Fact is, we’re moving on,” said Ryan. “We earned that victory, plain and simple, and we’re focused on Cincinnati now.”