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The New England Patriots-New York Jets game came to a rather unusual end Sunday, as a Patriots player appeared to mistakenly elect to kick off to start overtime, then the Jets promptly scored the game-winning touchdown.
Bill Belichick put an end to that speculation in his press conference, saying it was his decision to send the ball away. Upon hearing that, the New York Jets' Twitter account could not contain itself.
"We thought that was the best thing to do." - Bill Belichick on decision to kick off in OT— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 27, 2015
Agreed. https://t.co/LVQVwVZlsL— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 27, 2015
Darrelle Revis might have won a Super Bowl ring with New England Patriots, but that doesn't mean he's displaying undying devotion to his now-former team (he's back with the their archrivals, the New York Jets, after a two-season hiatus, one spent with the Patriots).
Specifically, he has no sympathy for Tom Brady. Revis spoke to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, suggesting the franchise's history of rule-breaking likely played a part in Brady's punishment:
"Everybody's blowing it [Deflategate] up because it is Tom Brady. I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that's that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can't hide that. ... Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past. ... Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got Spygate, you got this and that and everything else."
Spoken like a true Jet (or at least someone who has wiped his hands of his former team). Revis certainly has no responsibility to defend the Patriots, but it does make us anticipate the two matchups between the storied foes this coming season even more than usual.(H/T New York Daily News)
Jets sign Vick, release Sanchez
The Mark Sanchez era has officially ended in New York, with the Jets releasing the embattled quarterback and signing Michael Vick on Friday. Vick said that he expects to compete with Geno Smith for the team's starting job, and given Smith's struggles in his rookie season -- 21 interceptions and a 55.8 completion percentage -- he might get that shot. The choice of starter will be a key decision for Rex Ryan, who looks to be on the hot seat if the Jets miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
Jets extend Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan will get another shot at bringing a Lombardi trophy to New York, as the Jets extended his contract through the 2016 season on Thursday. Ryan has had moments where the Jets have seemingly figured it all out, but he's been unable to build them into a consistent championship competitor. His coaching acumen was on full display this season, however -- despite a number of injuries and the struggles of rookie QB Geno Smith, Ryan led the Jets to a .500 record. He'll have to do better than that in the seasons to come if he wants to remain in New York for too much longer.