NFL.com – Does the clock operator at Gillette Stadium deserve credit for the New England Patriots’ late comeback against the New York Jets on Sunday night? That’s what some Gang Green conspiracy theorists seem to believe when it comes to Devin McCourty’s late fumble that set up New York’s go-ahead score. Here’s what happened: McCourty received Nick Folk’s kickoff on the goal line with 2:06 remaining, but the first second didn’t tick off until McCourty already was at the 5-yard line. He coughed up the ball at the 14 with 2:04 remaining. The clock was stopped at 2:01 after Antonio Allen’s recovery at the Patriots’ 18. With the 2-minute warning still in play, the Patriots essentially were given the benefit of another timeout in addition to the three they already had. Nick Folk broke the deadlock with a 43-yard field goal, but the Jets only burned 24 seconds off the clock in four plays. That was more than enough time for Brady, who quickly marched the Patriots into Jets territory to set up a game-tying field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. The Patriots emerged with a 29-26 win, thanks to another Gostkowski kick in overtime. The NFL reviewed the play and determined there was no clock-operator error, a league spokesman said
NESN – Bill Belichick May Have Broken NFL Rules, Forcing Him to Change Hoodies at Halftime. The saga of Bill Belichick’s fashion statements continue. Belichick started out Sunday’s 29-26 win over the Jets wearing a plain blue hooded sweatshirt without any NFL or Patriots logos. He then switched to his new standby Nike hoodie with cut-off sleeves at half time. NFL rules forbids coaches from wearing non-NFL licensed apparel on the sidelines, which may have forced the halftime switch.
I’ve stuck by Bill Belichick through thick and thin. In sickness and in health. For richer and for poorer. Through benching Drew Bledsoe to trading him in the division. Through cutting Lawyer Milloy. Trading down in the draft. The Richard Seymour deal. 4th & 2. A dozen or so contract squabbles. Asante Samuel. Adalius Jetson and the Tardy Boys. Playoff losses. And of course, SpyGate. I took his side in every one of them. But this is all I can stands, I can’t stands no more. This is an issue about the integrity of the game and no man, not even the best coach of all time, is above that. Obviously Belichick figured out a way to get the clock master to rob the Jets of a precious second. As soon as McCourty started running that ball out of the endzone, Belichick realized he was going to fumble, so he somehow got word to the scoreboard operator and tricked him into going slow on the button to cost the Jets that precious stoppage in play. I don’t know how he did it, but he did. He must’ve used the same super-secret method he went with in the AFCCG when he got the scoreboard guy to post the wrong down, and then got the Ravens to ignore the guy standing right in front of them holding the line marker with the correct down on it and miss that final kick. He’s diabolical I tell you, DIABOLICAL.
But scoreboards and clocks and down markers are insignificant compared to a coach not wearing NFL-approved logo merchandise. How dare he? Who the hell does this guy think he is. Granted we’re talking about a league full of coaches who mouth off, put bounties on guys’ heads, trip guys as they’re running up sidelines and enable rapists, murderers, thugs and dog killers. But once a coach is allowed to wear just any old generic clothes on the sidelines? The dignity of the entire league goes right down the toilet. So that’s it. This is the last straw with me. Goodbye forever Bill Belichick, you manipulating, 0:01-stealing, rule-breaking, non-approved apparel-wearing cheater. You’ve let me down for the last time. @JerryThornton1