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“Stupidest play in football history” helps Pats take lead

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Rex Ryan knew it was a mistake right away.

When Mark Sanchez took a time out with 1:24 left in the first half, Ryan was angry, already thinking about the Patriots next possession.

Ryan told NBC’s Michele TaFoya that the timeout was the “stupidest play in NFL history.”

Sanchez scored a touchdown on the next play. And sure enough, the extra time allowed the Patriots to move the ball all the way down the field for their first touchdown of the first half.

The Patriots lead 13-9 in a game that has included a lot of good red zone defense, a safety by the Jets, and some oddly off-target throws by Tom Brady.

We think that the winner of this game will win the AFC East. If the Patriots prevail, the sequence at the end of the first half will loom large.

The Patriots are playing without starting cornerback Devin McCourty, who is questionable to return with a shoulder injury.

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  1. kingviking414 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:33 PM

    Its not even the stupidest play this weekend…
    how about the 4th down call by the Falcons in overtime?

  2. steelerfan999 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:36 PM

    I FINALLY AGREE WITH REX!!!

  3. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 13, 2011 10:36 PM

    What do you expect from the dude? He dates 17 year olds.

  4. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 10:39 PM

    “We think that the winner of this game will win the AFC East.”

    Not so fast my friend! The Bills might have something to say about that

  5. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 13, 2011 10:40 PM

    Has he never heard of Leon Lett?

  6. phillychzstk2012 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:41 PM

    you know he just said that because he was pissed in the moment. its obviously not, and your retarded if you actually think that.

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 13, 2011 10:43 PM

    Well, that didn’t take long for the Jets to replace one “stupidest plays ever” by another. Joe McKnight muffing the punt and another Jets player who was right there somehow couldn’t fall on it, thereby giving the Patriots on the Jets 13 yard line….stupid, stupid, stupid!!!

  8. iambadkid says: Nov 13, 2011 10:45 PM

    wow the home teams in the nfl have only won 9 games the last 2 games thats only thats only 19 percent of their games they won the last 2 weeks what is going on with teams playing at their own stadiums wow they look like they dont want to play football at home wow!!! poor fans

  9. turdfurgerson68 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:45 PM

    Typical Jets hyperbole…and I thought the stupidest play in NFL history was the Jets getting fooled by Dan Marino, the fake spike then TD toss.

  10. citizenstrange says: Nov 13, 2011 10:46 PM

    At what point as Rex Ryan watches the Jet’s season go down the toilet does he switch to Mark Brunell?

    It’s probably already too late.

  11. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 10:46 PM

    “Its not even the stupidest play this weekend…
    how about the 4th down call by the Falcons in overtime?”

    I liked the playcall. Ballsy. If Turner gets it, people are singing Smith’s praises.

    You don’t want to give it back to Brees, period. Saints would have won anyway if they punted, imo.

  12. iambadkid says: Nov 13, 2011 10:47 PM

    after winning like 89 percent of their games the first half of the season

  13. lilrob10201 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:48 PM

    Wasent as stupid as my Eagles played.

  14. mabidi107 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:48 PM

    The 4th down call by Belicheck against the Colts that let Manning go down the field and win the game was the stupidest call in NFL history

  15. gb4mn0 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:50 PM

    Sorry Rex but the “stupidest play in football history” still belongs to a player (Jim Marshall) from a team who couldn’t be more deserving of having a player run the wrong way for a TD then the always pathetically inept and incompetent MN vikequeens.

  16. rudwo says: Nov 13, 2011 10:50 PM

    The best way to instill confidence in your QB is to publicly insult him.

  17. gosuhgo says: Nov 13, 2011 10:52 PM

    Stupidest play honors have to go to my Lions for punting to Hester. Despite getting burned for a 30 yarder or so the first time, they do it again, and get it run back for a TD. Plain dumb.

  18. gadgetdawg says: Nov 13, 2011 10:55 PM

    It may not have been the stupidest play in NFL history, but when your coach feels the need to tell the media that it has to hurt.

  19. mycrackie says: Nov 13, 2011 10:55 PM

    Yea that was a dumb call to go for it!

  20. ikedavisnose says: Nov 13, 2011 10:55 PM

    I’m sorry but schotti needs to be fired and also maybe the Jets can trade with the Colts for Luck cause I’m about to go to the Medowlands and show Rex that I’m better then Sanchez

  21. 6ball says: Nov 13, 2011 10:56 PM

    .

    Can’t wait till he’s doing a pre game show.

    .

  22. warvette says: Nov 13, 2011 11:00 PM

    yeah, mike smith has that beat.

  23. habsman says: Nov 13, 2011 11:01 PM

    Is there a TE in football better than Gronk? And he’s only 23?

    And Hernandez aint bad either and he’s 22?

    I guess the rumors of NE’s demise were greatly exagerated. Oh yeah, they have 2 firsts and 2 seconds next draft!

  24. stubbyjones says: Nov 13, 2011 11:01 PM

    Who cares what you think…..youre always wrong….

  25. sd1024 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:04 PM

    Sanchez is just sad. His team has to claim to wanna “ground and pound” to cover up for the fact that he can’t take over a game with his arm …now he needs a timeout to figure out “run it up the middle”..

  26. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 13, 2011 11:06 PM

    “Stupidest play in football history”

    No, that would go to the Cowboys when they started Quincy Carter

  27. uwachampion says: Nov 13, 2011 11:10 PM

    The Jets are the most over rated and over hyped team in the NFL. Ryan is a loudmouth blowhard and Sanchez isnt that smart.

  28. fastevens says: Nov 13, 2011 11:10 PM

    Yep not a smart thing to do against Tom Brady

  29. klunge says: Nov 13, 2011 11:16 PM

    Rex employs hyperbole more than any coach in football history.

  30. tedmurph says: Nov 13, 2011 11:22 PM

    Brady is conducting a symphony tonight. I love classical music.

  31. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 13, 2011 11:31 PM

    Ninkovich is having a career day

  32. clevername1 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:32 PM

    McCourty got hurt by his own player and the Pats got flagged. Right?

  33. fruityromo says: Nov 13, 2011 11:35 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does. Gg, Rex. Take care.

  34. hedleykow says: Nov 13, 2011 11:40 PM

    Multi-tasking is obviously not Sanchez’s strong suit. But, hey, at least he didn’t get a delay of game penalty.

  35. dirtdawg55 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:41 PM

    I thought this was a SB calibre team? The Pats, with their back ups on defense, and with as one dimensional a team as you can get (no defense of any kind, no run game, no deep ball) ring up almost 40 points on you? At home? With first place on the line (and a lot tougher road to the playoffs for the loser)? Nothing like being booed off your home field, huh?

    All-star talkers but they can’t back it up. Again.

  36. packmanfan says: Nov 13, 2011 11:42 PM

    There are never stupid plays against a team that cheats. And yes, the Patsies still cheat. How else can it be explained that they win?

  37. promin1 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:46 PM

    Where are all the Jet fans running their mouths about how good their team is and how they aren’t a product of their garbage schedule every year?? Come up small in big games as usual. Wasn’t even competitive! hilarious. Last ranked D and they only mustered 16 pts.

  38. hcf95688 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:46 PM

    The Jets are over rated. Singed, The Eagles

  39. hcf95688 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:47 PM

    …also, SIGNED, The Eagles.

  40. ninerboi says: Nov 13, 2011 11:49 PM

    Niners

  41. radzyfsu23 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:49 PM

    Chad henne> mark Sanchez

  42. promin1 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:52 PM

    by the way. Sanchez is garbage. But everyone already knew that.

  43. goldrush36 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:54 PM

    J-E-T-S……… SUCK SUCK SUCK but Sanchez is so much better than most of the league ;) I guess I’ll stick to that sorry Alex Smith and his 8-1 record. Love watching the jets choke.

  44. 23chameleons says: Nov 13, 2011 11:55 PM

    Even BUDDY Ryan wouldn’t have said that …
    (although he likely would have just clocked Sanchez and gone on with the task at hand)

    I LOVE when a leader throws his guy(s) under the bus, especially when you don’t even know if it will effect the outcome.

    Classy as ever, Rex.

  45. 3yrsnfl says: Nov 13, 2011 11:55 PM

    Outcoached.

  46. clevername1 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:58 PM

    Kiss HIS rings you mouthy person.

  47. guypatsfan says: Nov 14, 2011 12:01 AM

    The Jetz are like a Thanksgiving turkey – they’re done! Hey Jetz fans, you think maybe Belichick was filming your practices again? Care to resurrect that old excuse? Face it – the Jetz are second-rate, and Sanchez is strictly second-tier. Brady is a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer, and he proved it again. GO PATS!

  48. patriotinvasion says: Nov 14, 2011 12:07 AM

    Keep hatin haters! Lol….how’d we cheat this time???? You just go smashed in your OWN house!

  49. richm2256 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:08 AM

    trbowman says:
    Not so fast my friend! The Bills might have something to say about that

    ———————————————————
    You mean the team that got spanked 44-7 ……. by the COWBOYS ???

    THOSE Bills?

  50. nannymcsack says: Nov 14, 2011 12:11 AM

    groundandpound meet gronkandstomp. what’s stupid is being 0-3 on guaranteed super bowls.

  51. nannymcsack says: Nov 14, 2011 12:12 AM

    btw he caught that ball and a pass interference should override someone being out of bounds

  52. goawayeverybody says: Nov 14, 2011 12:21 AM

    He is absolutely right.

    Fire Mark Sanchez and get a real quarterback.

    Fire Schottenheimer and get a real offensive coordinator.

    The Jets are LAME this year. Very depressing.

  53. patriotsssss says: Nov 14, 2011 12:31 AM

    Yeah yeah what else can you saw now? Too bad you guys couldn’t do anything to stop the “Cheating.”

    SUCK ON THIS JETS FAN. HOPE YOU HAVE A NICE. YOU all are going to hell, oh wait new jersey IS hell.

    Hahahaha. “patriots defese is awful.” The patriots turned the tables on the jets. People were talking about how Brady was going to get sacked and hit a lot. WRONG LOSERS.

    Goodnight, I’m gonna go enjoy this win and pop some pills. :)

  54. piratebeard says: Nov 14, 2011 12:38 AM

    It’s called not having confidence in your defense.

  55. savagenation2011 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:39 AM

    Stupid is as stupid does….

  56. lookatthefarside says: Nov 14, 2011 12:55 AM

    Every play in the Rex Ryan era is a stupid play.

  57. nekelund says: Nov 14, 2011 1:12 AM

    Rex Ryan… you just got Sanchized! Thanks for coming and enjoy your Rice-a-Roni!

  58. emotionalfatguy says: Nov 14, 2011 1:46 AM

    I think you misspelt “coach” in the title.

  59. 2ruefan says: Nov 14, 2011 1:59 AM

    NO gb4mn0 -
    Jim Marshall running the wrong way was not “stupid”. He was just turned around.

    The STUPIDEST, most ARROGANT, CHILDISH play of all time was when a PACKER named Sterling Sharpe decided he would try to score a touchdown by stopping OUTSIDE of the endzone and holding the ball over the line.

    With SNOW all over the field no less, with no clear way for the Ref to see if the ball was over.

    He was almost tackled and had to struggle to get into the end zone almost totally blowing 6 points just because he was an egotistical blow-hard.

    Like apparently ALL of the Packer Fans… like you.

  60. botchedextrapoint says: Nov 14, 2011 3:27 AM

    Stupidest play I’ve seen is Dan Orlovsky running out the back of the end zone. Another favorite was John Elway trying to take a snap from behind the guard.

  61. CKL says: Nov 14, 2011 4:08 AM

    nannymcsack says:
    Nov 14, 2011 12:12 AM
    btw he caught that ball and a pass interference should override someone being out of bounds
    _________________________________
    It would have if they hadn’t deemed Brady out of the tackle box when the penalty occurred. Now, if you want to believe that Brady wasn’t out of the tackle box, you would have a case.

    I still can’t believe they won this one. Amazing. Maybe this Pats team has the grit and mental toughness a Pats team hasn’t had in years.

  62. rajuncajun28 says: Nov 14, 2011 5:30 AM

    Sanchez is not the sharpest pencil in the box..

  63. n0hopeleft says: Nov 14, 2011 6:30 AM

    Alex Smith : Checkdown Charlie.

  64. mauijim3 says: Nov 14, 2011 6:57 AM

    Hey Rex,

    Didn’t your lights out defense allow an 80 drive after that timeout?

  65. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Nov 14, 2011 7:15 AM

    Mark needed time to change outfits for halftime.

  66. bucfandango says: Nov 14, 2011 7:30 AM

    I have to nominate my Tampa Bay Buccaneers for at least an honorable mention.

    They gave up an 80 yd TD on the first play of the game. They consistently make 3 yd passes on 3′rd and 13. Blount runs for 7 yds on 1′st down, and then they pass the next 2 plays for zilch. We have the best punter in the league… or at least the most experienced. And the number 1 reason…. Albert Haynesworth is the best player on our team.

    Yea !!!!!!!!! We Suck!!!!

  67. zoxitic says: Nov 14, 2011 7:42 AM

    Sanchez sucks as a QB. He is not very smart or talented. When are people going to realize that.

  68. n0hopeleft says: Nov 14, 2011 7:55 AM

    Stupidest play.

    Stupidest QB.

    Stupidest Coach.

  69. stanmark says: Nov 14, 2011 8:00 AM

    where did all the new jersey fans go? its hard to tout sanchez as “one of the best of all time” when his coach doesnt even support him. first time in history i agree with rex!

  70. snarkzilla says: Nov 14, 2011 8:04 AM

    I saw the Vikings put Joe Webb at QB and line McNabb up wide. That was pretty stupid.

    Throwing your QB under the bus? Could be the stupidest thing a coach has ever said.

    Jerry Jones likes to throw players under the bus. Maybe he has the wrong Ryan working for him.

  71. stanmark says: Nov 14, 2011 8:23 AM

    richm2256, no, its the bills that are in 2nd place in the division, with a win over the pats, and by the numbers a better qb than the jets. those bills.

  72. contract says: Nov 14, 2011 8:25 AM

    Yeah, it’s Sanchez’s fault that Rex Ryan’s defense can’t keep the Patriots from going 80 yds for a TD in 80 seconds.

    Rex Ryan is all mouth.

  73. bucforever says: Nov 14, 2011 8:43 AM

    What is the big deal here? You have to trust your defense Coach. It looks like the Jets “D” is at fault on this one . Don’t blame Sanchez. Your defense should be good enough to stop Brady.

  74. RexCanCoach says: Nov 14, 2011 9:09 AM

    The thing that is great about football as a fan, or as a player, is that after a bad loss you get another chance to pick yourself up and go at it again next week (well it applies to just about everyone except the 2011 Colts).

    And true to form, the Jets will find a way to get into the dance as a wildcard team. And a dangerous one at that.

  75. j0esixpack says: Nov 14, 2011 9:34 AM

    When you pick the username “RexCanCoach” – and it’s clear he can’t, you’ve got as much credibility of a coach who guaranteed a Super Bowl Championship.

    Twice.

    If he COULD coach he wouldn’t make promises he couldn’t keep, or throw a young QB with fragile confidence under the bus.

    On national TV.

    It’s no coincidence that Sanchez imploded after that.

    Good coaches don’t do those things.

    Rex can’t coach. He has no credibility – with his players, with the fans, with the media or with the front office.

    The good news for Jets fans is that Joe Paterno is available.

  76. paulieorkid says: Nov 14, 2011 9:38 AM

    On one play (I think it was Lions/Vikes), DET QB Dan Orlovsky was “patiently” going through his progressions, scanning the field, all while having positioned him a good 2 yards out of the back of the end zone the whole time.

    Even the defensive linemen starving for the two point safety sack — stopped rushing, incredulous that an NFL quarterback could have such jaw-droppingly piss poor situational awareness.

  77. slice60 says: Nov 14, 2011 9:55 AM

    As a Colts fan, I am offended by Rex Ryan’s comment. How could Ryan forget about Jim Caldwell’s timeout which helped the Jets beat the Colts just 10 months ago???

    CALDWELL still owns the award for STUPIDEST PLAY IN NFL HISTORY & you can’t take that away from Coach Caldwell. I just hope Jim Irsay gets smart & takes the head coach job away from Caldwell.

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