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October 22, 2012

Hector longo's Two-Minute Drill

Patriots 29, Jets 26

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2. I give colleague Bill Burt big props for asking Rex Ryan for an explanation of his defense’s implosion at the end of the game. For so long, they gave Tom Brady fits, and then the Jets just disappeared.

“The kid’s been doing it, you know … he’ll probably go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game,” explained Rex. “They had a lot of weapons. Some of their guys got open. I wish we had a few things back, but you have to give them back.”

The “few things” were clearly Rex’s decision to go to a soft zone defense with a three or four man rush, which gave Brady all night to throw.

“We did try to play some zone on them … We’d been playing it a lot of those call the majority of the game.”

3. The New York media was looking for Rex to comment on the Shonn Greene-Brandon Spikes collision, which they seemed to think was a cheapshot by Spikes. If anything, it was Greene who led with the crown of his helmet. Spikes put on a tackling exhibition on how kids can stay safe, lowering the boom on Greene with his head up. If Spikes’ head was down, it might have been tragic for both.

4. Give it up for Jets’ goat/receiver Stephen Hill, who had a huge drop inside the 10 that could have given the New Yorkers the win in regulation. Hill was WIDE open, but just dropped it. With a tear in his eye, he stood and answered every question the media had and then some. Talk about character.

“It was just a catch I should have caught,” he summed it up perfectly.

5. It was a very quiet night for Chandler Jones, who clearly ran into one of the game’s best left tackles in D’Brickashaw Ferguson. How the rookie end handles the next battle with Ferguson will go a long way in telling if Jones is just very good or has the propensity to be great.

Follow Eagle-Tribune Sports Reporter Hector Longo on Twitter under the screen name @MVcreature.

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