PFT - Jets linebacker Calvin Pace recently called the Patriots’ no-huddle offense “borderline illegal.” The Jets apparently believe that it’s the officials, not the Pats, who are failing to follow the rules. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has explained to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the Jets will be emphasizing to officials the provisions that allow defenses to react and adapt to changes made in the offensive lineup. “It’s going to be a major point of contention before [our] game with the officials to make sure that they know the rule is when they substitute we’re permitted to substitute,” Pettine told Mehta. “If the officials permit [the Patriots] to do that, then the game is going to become chaos,” Pettine said. “That’s the problem. Because we’re going to be running guys on. We need to make sure that that is enforced for this game, because we found examples on tape where it has not been. Then it’s impossible. Now you can’t defend it.” The rulebook makes it clear that the officials have the responsibility to ensure that the defense has a fair chance to adjust to lineup changes… “When they change, that should trigger the ability for us to change…When they change, we need to be given the right to change . . . and we’re going to make sure that right is given to us.”
So to take an Ancectry.com-like look at the Jets coaching influences: Rex Ryan inherited his defense from his father, Buddy. Tony Sparano got the Wildcat offense from his OC in Miami, Dan Henning who got it from his QB coach David Lee who ran it at Arkansas. And Mike Pettine steals his coaching philosophy straight out of the Bill Polian 2003 “The Patriots Are So Good We Can’t Stop Them So We Have to Call it Cheating and Make the Referees Help Us” playbook. So much for the Jets “swagger,” huh? What ever happened to the brash, uber-confident, “Best Defense in the NFL”? Now it’s reduced to whining to the officials before the game even starts about how unfair it is that the McOffense operates too fast for them. So now what? Do the Patriots have to check with them before they run a play? Is Brady supposed to come to the line and say “You all set? Got everyone you need? Want to grab a drink or something? Maybe go potty? Because we’ll wait. Take all the time you need…” Tell you what: The Jets have had a hard time defending Gronk and Hernandez too. Maybe the refs should make it so only one of them gets to be on the field at time. And maybe they can only be allowed to run it once every set of downs like me and my friends used to in our Weymouth Sunday morning touch games. And while we’re at it, maybe the Patriots defense should have to count to 3-Mississippi, just to make sure it’s fair on both sides of the ball. It’d be a shame if the Jets coaches had to, you know, actually get their team ready for what the Patriots are throwing at them, so why not get the refs to help them out? Frigging pathetic.
PS. Can you imagine for one second a hardass, old school coach like Buddy Ryan bitching about an offense being too fast for him to defend against it and how it’s not fair? I guess sometimes apples do fall far from coaching trees. @JerryThornton1