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Curtis Martin on Bill Belichick: ‘I didn’t know he would be as great as he is’ 02.06.16 at 2:17 pm ET
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Curtis Martin finished as the 4th leading rusher in NFL history. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Martin finished as the 4th leading rusher in NFL history. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

SAN FRANCISCO — If Curtis Martin weren’t so loyal to Bill Parcells, he wouldn’t just be a Hall of Fame running back. He’d likely be a Super Bowl champion.

This week at Super Bowl 50, Martin took time to reflect on his days in New England with WEEI.com and recalled the days in the late 90s when he had a chance to stay in New England but chose instead to follow Bill Parcells to the Jets after the 1997 season.

Martin’s first year was in New England in 1995, when he was selected in the third round out of Pittsburgh by Bill Parcells. The first year in New England was great for Martin, finishing as the AFC’s leading rusher with 1,487 yards and 14 touchdowns. But the team was just 6-10 under Parcells. The next season, he continued his dominance with 1,152 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns as the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the Packers. That ’96 season, Martin met Bill Belichick, who joined Parcells’ staff as an assistant.

“I remember all the guys that he coached telling me that he was a genius,” Martin said. “He was on the other side of the ball but I always knew that Belichick was going to do something great. But I didn’t know he would be as great as he is, though.”

Martin played just one season for Pete Carroll before leaving as a restricted free agent to join Parcells. Belichick, with the likes of Antowain Smith and Corey Dillon as lead backs, led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles while Martin was playing for the Jets in the early 2000s.

“I don’t know that it changed. I just think that it continued to evolve,” Martin said of his playing style. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I was so against leaving the Patriots because I was loyal to the team. I was willing to take even less money [to stay in New England]. But the fact that it was Parcells made it very appealing to me.

“I’m the type of guy who I’m going to be able to function with whatever coach because I’m a coachable guy. I just think that’s our job. That’s what we get paid to do. But Parcells, he knew how to get out of me what I don’t if any other coach would be able to get out of me.”

“That’s something that I’ve always been proud of because before I came there [the Patriots] along with the Jets were the two teams I never wanted to play for. But Bill Parcells restored some pride to the organization. I just think ever since then, the franchise has just increased from year to year.”

Martin looked at Parcells as a father figure who could get the most out of his extraordinary abilities.

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Bill Belichick thinks furor over Matthew Slater reaction in OT is ‘much ado about nothing’ 12.28.15 at 1:33 pm ET
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The Jets were surprised Bill Belichick elected to kick off to open overtime. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Jets were surprised Bill Belichick elected to kick off to open overtime. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

There were countless memes all over the internet almost instantly after Matthew Slater reacted to referee Clete Blakeman’s announcement in overtime that the Jets would choose which goal they would defend.

Many of those memes had Steve Harvey’s face photoshopped over Slater’s, a reference to Harvey’s recent gaffe at the Miss Universe Pageant when he announced the wrong winner. Slater, as a visiting player, called heads and the coin came up heads. “We want to kick off,” Slater said. Then, TV cameras on the field – with microphones still open for the overtime coin toss – caught Slater asking “We won, don’t we get to choose?”

The immediate internet reaction was to think Slater was getting hoodwinked out of choosing to receive. That wasn’t the case at all, as Bill Belichick confirmed Monday during his conference call that he had already informed Blakeman that if the Patriots won the toss (which they did), they would elect to kick off to start overtime. Slater was just out on the field to call the coin toss and execute the pre-determined orders.

Before Slater went to the center circle with Rob Ninkovich and Jerod Mayo, there was extensive discussion on the sidelines, as Belichick also confirmed Monday.

“The discussion was that we wanted to kick off, number one,” Belichick said. “But number two, if we didn’t win the toss, we had the preferred direction. Honestly, it didn’t really make any difference. There was almost no wind in the game so that wasn’t a big consideration. What I didn’t want to do was defend the goal and then have them choose to kick off so we chose to kick off and again, I don’t know exactly what happened out there at midfield but we obviously didn’t have the choice of goals, they did.

“But we talked about that on the sideline because that could’ve been our choice had the coin toss gone differently. So, yeah, we did talk about that. But in the end, the direction of the goals, I don’t think there really any wind advantage. If there was, it was very minimal and not really worth taking a goal over [kicking off].”

What Belichick was trying to avoid by predetermining the decision in overtime was the exact confusion that presented itself on television. And even Blakeman conferred with Belichick AFTER the flip to make sure everything was as Belichick intended and that there was no miscommunication.

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Bill Belichick insists kicking off to start overtime still ‘right decision for our team at that time’ at 1:00 pm ET
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Eric Decker scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Patriots Sunday. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Eric Decker scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Patriots Sunday. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick has no regrets about kicking off to start overtime on Sunday.

Asked about the controversial move during his Monday conference call with reporters, Belichick maintained that based on the way the game was going in the fourth quarter, the way his defense was playing and most importantly, his desire for good field position to start overtime, he felt it was best to kick off to the Jets.

Belichick said he talks with his staff before a game about certain late-game and overtime scenarios and then makes adjustments based on the way the game is going.

“The decision is both,” Belichick said. “You talk about those situations and have thought on how you want to play it and then as the game unfolds and you see how it plays out, you might adjust that or you might not. I’d say it’s all part of it. I can’t put it in percentages.”

“But I clearly thought that was our best opportunity so that’s why we did it. I didn’t like the way it worked out but to me, that was the right decision for our team at that time.”

What was interesting to note and possibly provides key insight to his decision was Belichick’s reference to what happened in overtime on Nov. 29 in Denver. During the snow, the Patriots won the toss and chose to receive. The Patriots had the ball at their 20 before Tom Brady was sacked and the Patriots had to punt from their 13. Denver started their first possession at their own 43, needing just a field goal to win. Belichick was hoping that, with the way his defense was playing and putting pressure on Fitzpatrick, his defense would give Brady a short field with just a field goal needed to win.

“Look, the bottom line is field position,” Belichick said. “Good field position, you don’t have to take it as far, get a stop, need a field goal [to win]. That’s really more a field position consideration, similar to other overtime games that we’ve been in, regardless of which way the wind was, the Denver game from a couple of years ago or the Denver game from this year, where we had the ball, got stopped, gave it to them in good field position. They ended up scoring a touchdown but they didn’t have very far to go to get into field goal range.”

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Duron Harmon comforts Logan Ryan after brutal loss 12.27.15 at 8:21 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Duron Harmon has a lot in common with Logan Ryan. They both went to nearby Rutgers and were drafted in the third round in 2013. And they’ve both had tough days in the secondary over the course of their careers.

That’s why Harmon was the first one to comfort Ryan after Eric Decker caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime to hand the Jets a 26-20 overtime win.

Harmon and Ryan were assigned the job of trying to handle Brandon Marshall on the day and it didn’t go as well as their first try on Oct. 25. That day, Marshall caught just four passes for 67 yards in New England’s 30-23 win.

Sunday, Marshall caught eight balls on 10 targets for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall set an NFL record Sunday by reaching the 100-catch plateau for a sixth season. It was Ryan who had Marshall Sunday off the line of scrimmage with help from Harmon over the top.

Harmon got beat on the 33-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that put the Jets up, 17-3. Ryan got beat several other times by a receiver who looked to be on a mission to make up for the dropped would-be touchdown pass in the first game that opened the door for the Patriots to come back late and win in October.

In that game in October, the Patriots had Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung. On Sunday, both players were back in New England rehabbing injuries while Duron Harmon and Jordan Richards had the responsibility of providing help.

“We expected to win with injuries today,” Ryan said. “We didn’t execute and that started with me. I didn’t win my matchup. I’ll take that on me.”

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price break down bizarre coin flip, overtime loss to Jets at 6:35 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the Patriots’ bizarre 26-20 OT loss to Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Patriots fought back from a 17-3 hole to force overtime when Tom Brady hit James White over the middle with 1:55 left in regulation. But a controversial decision to allow the Jets first possession in overtime burned the Patriots when Eric Decker caught a 6-yard touchdown pass just 2:37 into overtime to end the game.

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Sebastian Vollmer carted off, ruled out with leg injury at 1:29 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The injury news just got a whole lot worse for the Patriots.

On the first drive of the game, with the team facing a third-and-1, Sebastian Vollmer went down with a lower leg injury after run for no gain by Joey Iosefa. Doctors immediately tended to Vollmer, focusing on the area around his left ankle for several minutes before the veteran lineman hopped to his feet on one leg and was taken off the field on a cart.

As the Jets were marching down the field on the ensuing drive, the team announced the starting left tackle would not be returning and was out for the game.

The Patriots have already lost one starting tackle this season when Nate Solder suffered a biceps injury during the Cowboys game on Oct. 11. Vollmer was moved over from right to starting left tackle full-time for the Broncos game, where he has played since Nov. 29.

LaAdrian Waddle, claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 16, replaced Vollmer at left tackle.

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Setting the scene: Patriots aim for top seed while desperate Jets look to just stay alive at 10:12 am ET
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MetLife Stadium is the scene for the Patriots-Jets Sunday in New Jersey. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

MetLife Stadium is the scene for the Patriots-Jets Sunday in New Jersey. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Another December afternoon, another unseasonably mild day expected for the Patriots as they play a game that could wrap up the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC for the Patriots and eliminate the Jets here at MetLife Stadium.

Cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 60s are expected for the 1 p.m. kickoff in New Jersey. There’s a 35 percent chance of rain throughout the game.

If the the 12-2 Patriots win, they will wrap up their sixth No. 1 AFC playoff seed since 2003, with the others coming in 2007, 2010, 2011 and last season. Only Pittsburgh (6), Denver (7) and San Francisco (8) have more since 1975 when playoff seeding began.

Win No. 13 does not figure to come easily for New England. The Patriots will be without at least four starters, two on each side of the ball. Receivers Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) were ruled out Saturday night. Safeties Patrick Chung (foot) and Devin McCourty (ankle) will also not be playing.

Additionally, the Patriots are going up against a relatively healthy and desperate Jets squad that is 9-5 and has won four straight. The Jets will also be playing with desperation as they are in a three-way battle with two other 9-5 teams (Chiefs and Steelers) for the two wild card spots. The Jets could be eliminated with a loss and wins by the Chiefs and Steelers.

Chris Price has the complete scouting breakdown of what to expect while Ryan Hannable has 10 fun facts that bring perspective to the game.

Defensively, the two teams are very evenly matched statistically. The Patriots are allowing 19.2 points per game (6th in the NFL) while the Jets are allowing 19.4 points per game.

This will also be the first action for running back Steven Jackson, after he was signed by the Patriots this week and added to the roster.

With Danny Amendola and Patrick Chung both inactive, Chris Harper, signed off the practice squad on Saturday, figures to get heavy reps in the punt return game. Keshawn Martin is also a possibility. It was Harper’s fourth-quarter muffed punt against the Broncos on Nov. 29 that set the table for the Broncos comeback.

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