While Pete Carroll was pointing out the “distraction” of Tim Tebow, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was highlighting the Jets’ short-sightedness when it came to Danny Woodhead.
After the Jets cut ties with Woodhead, the shifty running back’s career took off … in of all places, New England. And Brady still can’t believe the Jets gave up on him.
Woodhead scored twice in the Patriots’ 37-31 win over Buffalo Sunday – first on a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and then an 18-yard TD catch in the third. It was the first two-touchdown game of Woodhead’s career.
On his weekly radio spot on Boston’s WEEI, the Patriots signal-caller recalled Woodhead’s first game with New England. Coincidentally, it was on Sept. 26, 2010 against the Bills -- and Woodhead scored a touchdown in the 38-30 win.
“We kind of joked on the sideline, (former offensive coordinator) Billy (O’Brien) and I, we kind of said, ‘The legend is born,” Brady said. “We saw him that week in practice, what he was capable of doing, and said: ‘Why did the Jets release that guy?’ They had him playing receiver and he was a running back in college.
“He’s just come in and done such a great job. He’s the ultimate team player and teammate -- dependable, consistent. You always know the level of play you’re getting from Danny.”
It’s no surprise Bill Belichick snatched up the running back the minute the Jets waived him.