Patriots coach Belichick takes shot at NY Jets
The New England Patriots (9-3) look like they’re heading for the playoffs again while the struggling Jets (5-7) may miss the playoffs and be looking for a new head coach after this year. I’m sure if this is truly the swan song season for Rex Ryan in New York, one thing that will be sorely missed is the yearly back-and-forth between Ryan and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. It looks like this week it’s Belichick’s turn to take a shot at his in-division rival.
Belichick has taken some time to look back fondly on his former stomping grounds as his Patriots take on the Cleveland Browns this week, where he was the head coach from 1991 to 1995.
According to the New York Daily News:
It seems Belichick reserves a special place in his heart for every former team of his, except the Jets. He served as the Jets’ assistant head coach and secondary coach from 1997-1999. He famously quit after just one day as Gang Green’s head coach after Bill Parcells had resigned paving the way for his top assistant to take over. Instead Belichick took over the Patriots.
“I was there for five years,” Belichick said of his time with the Browns, via the Boston Herald. “It was five important years in my life, for myself, my family and all that. Obviously, we’ve all moved on, and I have a job to do here and that’s where my loyalty is, is to Robert (Kraft), the Patriots organization and this football team. So it’s no different than how I feel, honestly, about the Colts, or the Lions or the Broncos.
“I feel differently about the Jets. We won’t put them in that category.”
Obviously there is no love lost between the Jets and their shortest tenured head coach. Even though these two teams don’t play again this year, the animosity between them isn’t going away any time soon. The season series between the two teams was split with the Patriots winning 13-10 on September 12th and the Jets winning 30-27 on October 20th. That being said, will we see the Jets under Rex Ryan play the Pats under Bill Belichick again after this season? With Ryan’s hot seat heating up, I guess that is still a question mark going into the future.