Monday, November 26, 2012
Moore not a fan of Collinsworth
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Brandon Moore didn't appreciate Cris Collinsworth's description of his role in Mark Sanchez's infamous fumble in last Thursday night's loss to the Patriots.
"The Collinsworth guy, I've never really been a big fan of his," the Jets' right guard said Monday. "To portray it that way and to see it on TV ... When somebody slides into the back of you, you're going to fall. That happens a lot in general. You don't know what's going on (behind you)."
On the NBC telecast, Collinsworth gushed over Patriots DT Vince Wilfork, saying, "Vince Wilfork just threw Brandon Moore into Mark Sanchez. ... That's something Reggie White would do to people, just fork-lift them."
Collinsworth, reached Monday by ESPNNewYork.com, said Moore was simply carrying out his assignment. He credited Wilfork for recognizing the busted play and "instead of trying to go around (Moore), he pushed him back into the play and made the whole thing happen." He called it a "clever" play by Wilfork.
Looks like Collinsworth and Moore will agree to disagree.
"The one superlative in the whole play," Collinsworth said, "was Vince Wilfork seeing the mistake" -- the aborted handoff, he meant.
Collinsworth said he was blown away by the three-touchdown, 52-second sequence.
"You watch football your whole life, and to see that many unique, entertaining and funny-in-some-ways plays in one stretch ... it was, 'Wow, what's going on?" he said. "I had to hold in my laughter a couple of times."
Collinsworth said the "perfect ending" to the wild second quarter, which included 35 points by the Patriots, was the brief fireworks display after the Jets kicked a field goal to make a 35-3 at halftime.