Bill Belichick has had a rough time accepting the result from Sunday. The penalty call that gave the Jets a second life really got under his skin. He has talked about it quite a bit since the game ended.
First, he interpreted the rule differently, talking about second level as opposed to first level. There was question as to whether or not Bill was aware of the rule. The latest pronouncement from Belichick is that the Jets were only aware of the rule because they employed the same technique.
The changing of the story was not lost on coach Ryan, when he talked with the media yesterday and was asked about the Jets employing the technique:
That’s not true. He’s got to make up his mind. 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.
The Jets and coach Ryan are moving on from that game as they should be. The upcoming game against the Bengals is not going to be an easy one. I like that Rex Ryan stood up for his team, rather than letting Belichick make any comments he wants. Just like there are repercussions when Rex makes comments, same goes for Mr. Hoodie. He can’t just say what he wants about the Jets or any team and expect everyone to sit quietly.
Kudos to Rex, now on to the Bengals.