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Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘I don’t believe’ Jets coach Rex Ryan alerted refs to Patriots’ push move

10.22.13 at 11:08 am ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the Patriots’ Week 7 loss to the Jets, as well as other news from around the NFL.

Sunday’s game ended in controversy, as the Patriots were called for breaking the NFL’s new “pushing rule” while Jets kicker Nick Folk attempted a 56-yard field goal to win the game in overtime.

The call against New England gave Folk the chance to attempt an easier 42-yard field goal, which he subsequently made, giving New York the 30-27 win.

Following the game, rumors spread that Jets coach Rex Ryan had tipped off the officials that the Patriots have used this push technique.

However, Schefter said that he doesn’t believe that was the case.

“Nope, I don’t believe that. I mean, I’m not going to tell you that that’s not the case, I don’t believe that,” Schefter said. There aren’t many people who know the rules better than Bill Belichick, and I think that he went through these drills in camp this summer, and taught these guys, at that point, certain things that you could do. I think there seemed to be some sort of discrepancy about what was in the rulebook and what was being called on the field.

“If you heard Belichick yesterday during the press conference, he excused the player, he put it on him that that’s what we taught during training camp, and that’s what I sense happened. That’s my read into it. … Let me say this, if Rob Ryan had indeed alerted Rex Ryan to that fact as you guys believe or sense, my guess is that Rex wouldn’t have saved it, he would have used it earlier.”

Tom Brady has gone through one of the roughest seasons of his career, as he has posted a 55.4 completion percentage with just eight touchdowns in seven games.

“I don’t know if [people] think [Brady's] losing it. I mean, we’re talking about one of the greatest players who’s ever played the game, period,” Schefter said. “Now, he’s not as bad as people are saying, and he’s not as good as people are saying. But I will say this: What I have heard about him this season is that he has not been overly sharp, he has not made great decisions, he has not been Brady-like in delivering the ball. … He has been off.

“He has not been the same. It has not been the same and I don’t know why. … To me, there still are few quarterbacks in the league that I’d rather have, and I don’t think he’s losing it. I just think it’s one of those years where, again, you see the talent that surrounds people and how it affects them.”

The Patriots continue to be stung by key injuries this season, with the loss of linebacker Jerod Mayo dampening hopes for a run at the Super Bowl.

“I just think that each of these blows brings the Patriots further and further back into the pack, and I don’t know if one thing, one injury makes them less of a Super Bowl champion contender or a division contender. It just makes it that much closer,” Schefter said. It makes their margin of error slimmer. It removes one more element that gave them an advantage, it evened the playing field between them and other people.

“I still think that they have a championship coach, a championship quarterback, despite the fact that he’s not playing, and sort of a championship attitude, but it’s just not as easy to do the things that they’ve done in the past with the various losses that they’ve had to absorb this season.”

A number of other established NFL stars have suffered major injuries. This past Sunday alone, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and Texans linebacker Brian Cushing suffered season-ending injuries, while Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Packers tight Jermichael Finley are out indefinitely.

“I think that there are a lot of injuries every week and I just think that it just so happened that we’ve seen, like this weekend, a lot of big-name guys [getting injured.] I don’t know if the percentage of injuries is any higher this season when compared to other season,” Schefter said. “Every Monday, those training rooms across the league are filled with the same number of players.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

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