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Rex to Belichick: Make up your mind on 'push' penalty gripe
Rex Ryan isn’t trying to hear anything Bill Belichick has to say.
When told the New England coach called out the Jets for committing the same “push” penalty that led to a Patriots penalty and an overtime win for the Jets Sunday, Ryan delivered a not-so-subtle jab at his AFC East rival.
“That’s not true,” Ryan said firmly. “He’s got to make up his mind. Was he aware of this thing? Was it, you know, second-level, all this kind of jazz? Or now the story is we did it. OK. I’ve got you.”
He was referring to Belichick’s postgame comments after the Jets defeated the Pats, 30-27, in overtime after defensive lineman Chris Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on a 56-yard FG attempt by Nick Folk. Thanks to the 15-yard penalty, Folk nailed a 42-yarder. Belichick said afterward that he disagreed with the call because “we weren’t on the second level when we pushed him.” On a conference call the following day, the Pats coach said he misinterpreted the rule – which stipulates defensive players “cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation.”
“Obviously we are wrong,” Belichick told Boston writers Monday. “What else is there to say? We’re wrong.”
On Tuesday, Belichick told local reporters the Jets were guilty of pushing on Pats' field goals too.
And Ryan -- who’s preparing his team to play the Bengals on the road this Sunday -- isn’t interested in Belichick’s gripes or revisiting the bizarre ending to Sunday’s win.
“The fact is we’re moving on,” Ryan said. “We earned that victory, plain and simple. We’re focused on Cincinnati now.”