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STC Ben Kotwica won't say if Jets tipped off officials on Pats play

Jets head coach Rex Ryan, left, and special

Jets head coach Rex Ryan, left, and special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica talk during training camp. (Aug. 6, 2013) Credit: Hans Pennink

So did the Jets tip off the officials about the Patriots special-teams play?

Ben Kotwica isn’t saying.

“We have correspondence with the officials and the league office during the course of the week,” the Jets coordinator said. “…Those discussions are private and I’m going to honor that and keep it that way.”

The war of words between the AFC East rivals reached a climax Wednesday, when Ryan fired back at Bill Belichick for insinuating the Jets used the same illegal “push” tactic the Pats were flagged for on a Nick Folk field goal.

Kotwica, however, said Thursday that Quinton Coples’ push of Muhammad Wilkerson on a Stephen Gostkowski FG was “incidental contact.”

“We don’t coach pushing or anything along those lines,” Kotwica said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Coach Belichick and obviously what he’s done with the Patriots. I don’t know what they were trying to do.”

Asked again if he or the Jets spoke to officials before or during the game about the Patriots' field-goal strategies, Kotwica refused to confirm or deny.

“Again, the conversations and dialogue that we have with officials, on the field or with the NFL office is a private nature and I’m going to respect that," he said. 

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