Rex to Belichick: ‘Not true!’ that Jets also pushed
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan stands on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick responds to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shakes hands with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan after an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan pushed back at Bill Belichick.
The New York coach vehemently denied the New England coach’s claim that the Jets used similar push techniques on field goals against the Patriots on Sunday.
“That’s not true!” Ryan said yesterday.
During a conference call Tuesday with Boston reporters, Belichick was asked if he was bothered by a report that said the Jets alerted officials to the Patriots pushing on field goals. New England was called for the penalty – the first time it had been called in a game – to set up New York’s winning field goal in overtime.
“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don’t even know about all that,” Belichick said. “But, basically we’re just moving on here.”
Belichick was apparently referring to a play during Stephen Gostkowski’s 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation. Quinton Coples appeared to extend his right arm and slightly push teammate Muhammad Wilkerson from behind toward the Patriots’ formation.
There was no call on that play, but it was also not as evident as what the Patriots did in overtime when Nick Folk was wide left on a 56-yarder. The miss was negated when New England’s Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on a 15-yard penalty. Jones was penalized for pushing his teammate “into the opponents’ formation.”
Folk kicked a 42-yarder to win it a few minutes later, giving the Jets a 30-27 victory.
Belichick disagreed with the application of the rule after the game, saying, “You can’t push in the second level. I didn’t think we did that.” Belichick backtracked Monday, saying he was mistaken in his interpretation.
But then came his accusatory comments on Tuesday.
“He’s got to make up his mind,” Ryan said. “Was he aware of this thing? Was it second-level, all this kind of jazz? Or, now the story is we did it? Okay, I got you.
“The fact is, we’re moving on. We earned that victory plain and simple, and we’re focused on Cincinnati now.”