By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - One player on the Patriots punt team heard Patrick Chung's audible for a fake near the end of the first half and the Patriots on their own 38 and thought about calling timeout. He didn't, the play went off and Chung was left Monday afternoon taking full responsibility for a monumentally bad play that was the biggest botch in a day full of them for the Patriots. I take full responsibility, said Chung. Of course there are regrets. Its not the fault of Bill Belichick or special teams coach Scott OBrien, said Chung. None of them. I take full responsibility. I saw the look we had. I made the call. It didnt work out for us."
Matthew Slater, the gunner on the right side of the Patriots' punt formation, was asked if he heard the call for a fake. He refused to comment. The reason for the question? Slater released inside, bringing a Jets player with him closer to the would-be area Chung was going to run. Sammy Morris executed his block on theright end but Slater bringing a defender into the area seemed counter-intuitive since an outside release toward the sideline would have brought his blocker away from the play. "Things happen," said Chung, who took the heat and questions well as his teammates packed belongings from their lockers into green garbage bags. "You have to bounce back. Its my responsibility. Leave Bill alone. Leave Scotty alone. Thats my call, man. My mistake."