Ryan on Patriots: 'This team isn't going anywhere'

Ryan on Patriots: 'This team isn't going anywhere'
October 21, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Bob Ryan joined Bob Neumeier on Sports Tonight to discuss the Patriots' loss to the Jets, and just how it happened.

The Jets hit a field goal to beat the Pats in OT, 30-27, but not before a controversial 15-yard personal foul call gave them a second chance.

Ryan may not agree with the timing of the call, but he doesn't think the Pats deserved to win anyways.

"I'm a fan of justice, and I think that justice was served in the end by the team deserving to win the game," Ryan said.

And when it comes to making that call at that spot in the game, Ryan thinks the refs would have been better off swallowing the whistle.

"I'm in favor of it in basketball," he said. "I'll speak to basketball. You know how they say you referee the same in the final minute? Absolutely not. And anybody who thinks that way shouldn't be a referee, shouldn't be out there. Referee in basketball is supposed to know why he's out there. He's out there to adjudicate the smooth flow of the game."

But enough about that specific play. What about the entire second half? The Patriots gave up an 11-point lead in the third quarter, and looked terrible at times. Ryan doesn't like what he sees, and doesn't seem much hope for the immediate future.

"People should sober up, this team isn't going anywhere," Ryan said. "They're going to get in the playoffs and go out in the first round if they're lucky. And they probably will win the division…"

Ryan says that injuries are the Patriots ultimate problem, as they're just taking on too many of them to overcome.

"I do not consider them to be a prime threat to win the Super Bowl," Ryan said. "Period."