But leave it to Bill Belichick and his staff for attempting to circumvent and defeat the new rule. I’ll say it right now, if this game was played in Foxboro, the officials might have picked up the flag. Why?
The Patriots spotted the glitch in the rule, which was on the preseason NFL video to its players, explaining all the rule changes. The video spoke of no pushing from the second level on field goals and PAT kicks.
When the officials came to the sideline to explain, Belichick never denied what Jones did. But instaneously, he and an assistant on the sideline noted: “He wasn’t at the second level.”
Indeed, he wasn’t. He was in the first line. Jones just waited as Will Svitek fired out then circled behind him and pushed. Was it illegal?
Probably. But Belichick’s micro-management of the situation definitely provided cause for doubt. Give the guy credit. He covers every base possible.
Even in the press conference, Belichick let the NFL folks know he’s not happy and he found a loophole.
“We weren’t on the second level when we pushed,” he said. “You can’t push from the second level, I didn’t think we did that.”
And watch for this rule to be worked on to eliminate the gray area created by the Pats in coming weeks.
JOSH FAILS OT TEST
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels acted like a petulant child in overtime, looking to score immediately instead of working on an already tired Jets defense with the run.
No runs and four straight passes in overtime -- three incompletions -- led to a punt and the Jets possession.
This is not 2007 Josh. Your receivers are some of the worst, if not the worst, in the game. Run the darn football.