FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Last January, James Ihedigbo was wearing a Jets uniform, and he participated in New York’s stunning 28-21 dismantling of the New England Patriots in a playoff game at Gillette Stadium.
Now, Ihedigbo, a backup safety, wears a New England Patriots uniform. And Sunday, he’ll be playing against the Jets.
So, not surprisingly, on Wednesday Ihedigbo was asked what the Jets had been able to do so effectively last January that befuddled All-World quarterback Tom Brady, leading to the upset.
“I don’t know. I can’t think that far back,” said Ihedigbo with a straight face.
Ihedigbo, though, no doubt has been more forthcoming with his new team about the wrinkles Jets coach Rex Ryan implemented for the Patriots that suffocated the Pats’ high-flying offense that day. But game plans change, said Ihedigbo.
“They’ll have a whole new game plan for us,” said Ihedigbo. “We’ll have to prepare across the board.”
And now that he has played for both the flamboyant Ryan and the close-to-the-vest Bill Belichick, how would he compare them?
“In philosophies they are two different coaches,” said Ihedigbo. “Rex will be Rex and Bill will be Bill. They’re both successful in their own ways.”