In the wake of the Patriots' overtime loss to the Jets, a game decided on a 42-yard field goal set up by an obscure penalty against New England rookie Chris Jones, coach Bill Belichick first took responsibility for what happened, and then he pointed a finger at the Jets for doing the same thing.
"Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don't even know about all that," Belichick said Tuesday. "But basically we're just moving on here.''
Predictably, Belichick's comments were brought to Rex Ryan's attention, and Ryan wasn't impressed.
"That's not true," Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. "That's not true.
He's got to make up his mind," the Jets coach continued. "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 gotcha. The fact is, we're moving on, we earned that victory, plain and simple and we're focused on Cincinnati now.”
Belichick was apparently referring to a play that involved Jets defenders Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples on the Patriots' game-tying kick as time expired in the fourth quarter.
"There was no film or footage of that to prove we did that,'' Coples said, adding: "We beat the Patriots. We move forward. They can say whatever. We won. We beat them. We won't see them no more this regular season. We're moving forward as far as Cincinnati."
"I can't give you how I honestly feel about it, but it's in the rulebooks," Colon said, via ESPNNewYork.com. "Everybody was aware of it. The refs made a good call. It wasn't like the refs made a call that never happened. They clearly did it."