FOXBORO -- Jets coach Rex Ryan scoffed at the criticism of Bill Belichick regarding the fact that the Patriots had Rob Gronkowski on the field in the waning moments of Sunday’s 59-24 win over the Colts.
The tight end reportedly suffered a broken arm while blocking on an extra-point attempt and is expected be on the shelf 4-8 weeks. As a result, Belichick has come under fire for his decision to have such a valuable position player on the field when the game was fundamentally out of reach. But on a conference call with the New England media on Tuesday afternoon, Ryan called the criticism “absolutely ridiculous.”
“It was on an extra point -- he’s probably done it a zillion times. He’s probably done it a hundred times this year for the simple fact of how many points they score. But you never see that,” Ryan said. “Every single team in the league -- we have D’Brickashaw Ferguson there. We have whoever the player is. You don’t play the game that way. It’s just an unfortunate thing. You talk about a freak deal what happened. But unfortunately, that’s part of the game. Injuries do happen. We lost [wide receiver Santonio] Holmes and [cornerback Darrelle] Revis to noncontact injuries. It’s just one of those things. It’s just unfortunate, obviously.”
Ryan said the Patriots are “multiple with their personnel groupings,” so with Gronkowski on the sidelines, he expects a variety of different possibilities at tight end Thursday night.
“It’s an extremely talented team anyway,” he said of New England. “There’s five tight ends on the roster -- you don’t know if they’re going to plug somebody else in [or] what they’re going to do there. They’re very multiple with their personnel groupings anyway, so we basically have to be ready for anything, But clearly, Gronkowski is one of the premiere players in this league. I hate the fact that he’s hurt, but if he’s going to miss a game, I’m not upset that he’s missing our game.”
Ryan noted that the Jets have suffered their share of injuries this season, having lost Holmes and Revis to noncontact injuries earlier in the year.
“There’s a lot of talent on that roster and they can do a lot of different things. They’re very creative. It’s definitely a challenge,” Ryan said. “It’s interesting. ... When you lose a great player like that with Gronkowski, clearly it’s something you have to deal with as a coach. I wonder how New England felt without Holmes and Revis.
“I don’t feel sorry for [the Patriots] -- let’s put it that way.”
For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
With the Pats game on Friday night, MFB does a version of Patriots Friday a day early with Jerod Mayo. He talks about the Carolina Panthers.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the performances of Brandon LaFell and Darrelle Revis, among others, as Patriots training camp comes to a close.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
On today's Bradfo Show we talk to Dr Ken Polivy, Spine Surgeon at the Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates, about Shane Victorino's recent back surgery.
Kevin joins Merloni, Fauria and Benz to talk about the new commissioner in the MLB, as well as his thoughts on ways to speed up the game
Larry joined the show to discuss last nights festivities at Fenway.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the great support shown by our listeners supporting the Jimmy Fund.
Brady reacts to the win over the Eagles and talks about the progression of Jimmy Garoppolo.
Bryan Cox told his team about ability with the ladies at a young age. The guys talk about white pants, and also... tapeworm!
Speaking at the WEEI NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon with Dennis and Callahan, Curt Schilling revealed that he had mouth cancer, a form called squamous cell carcinoma. He blames his use of smokeless tobacco and says it is his biggest regret in life. This revelation has sparked debate about whether MLB should ban the use of all tobacco.
Greg Dickerson, Jerry Thornton and Rob Bradford fill for Dale and Holley, and the 2014 Patriots debate is in full swing.
We tackle four topics inspired by the injury to Angels pitcher Garrett Richards in last night's sox game.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Sam Packard and Zach Geld provide a thrilling and dynamic recap of the LLWS so far and prepare you for this weekend's games.
The 2014 season has been a fascinating case study in the immense challenges that players face in the transition from Triple-A to becoming full-time big leaguers. A case can be made that the gap between the two highest levels of competition is now larger than ever. Red Sox hitting coordinator Tim Hyers and bench coach Torey Lovullo explore that phenomenon, while also examining some measures that the team can undertake to narrow that huge divide.
Sam Packard and Zach Geld recap the the first four days of the Little League World Series. Mo'Ne Davis dominates and we get you ready for Japan-South Korea and Pennsylvania-Nevada.
Former Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and World Series Champion Curt Schilling joined the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon to talk about his experiences with cancer. Curt was joined by Dr. Haddad. He revealed that, in February, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer of the mouth. He attributes his mouth cancer to his use of chewing tobacco throughout his playing career.More from this show
Brady reacts to the win over the Eagles and talks about the progression of Jimmy Garoppolo.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.More from this show