Patriots expect to make in-game adjustments vs. Jets


Patriots expect to make in-game adjustments vs. Jets

FOXBORO -- The New York Jets will give the Patriots some new looks on Sunday. "New" as in, something the Jets have yet to use this season. Not "new" as in, something the sport has never seen before.

Because of that, Patriots coach Bill Belichick still believes that Sunday's game against the Jets will come down to one thing.

"I think it really comes down to execution," said Belichick. "I'd be surprised if this game is won by a team that comes out running something that's never been seen in the history of football before. I think this is going to be a game of execution."

Many times, execution is helped by in-game adjustments. That's nothing new to the Patriots.

And while they don't expect the Jets to re-invent the wheel on Sunday, they do expect Rex Ryan to throw some different things at the Patriots than what Belichick may see on film.

"As it always is with the Jets, the in-game adjustments will be important, to see what the match-ups are, and where the emphasis is, and kind of what they're trying to do," said Belichick on Wednesday. "And that's true with the Jets, offensively, as well. They do a good job with their different personnel groups and formations. So, a lot of the things that you work on this week, that they ran against Indianapolis or Houston or San Francisco, you're not going to see. You're going to see something that's a little different, based on what they think you're going to do."

And the Patriots coach wasn't just talking about halftime adjustments.

"I'm sure the game will start to unfold after the first series," said Belichick. "There will be some elements of the game that we'll say, 'OK, this is going to be more important in this game than it has been in some other games.' I don't have any doubt about that. I'm sure once we play a quarter of this game, there will probably be a good percentage of what we're going to see in the remaining three quarters."

Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns


Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.


Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.

Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'


Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

Must be Bills week. 

After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?

"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."

There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday

Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both.