Rex Ryan: It’s “ridiculous” to blame Belichick for Gronkowski injury

AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has taken some heat for having tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field for a fourth-quarter extra point that resulted in Gronkowski suffering a broken arm. Jets coach Rex Ryan thinks that’s dumb.

Ryan, who is preparing to play a Gronkowski-less Patriots team on Thursday, told reporters today that every team uses important players on extra points, and no coach should be criticized for that.

“Absolutely ridiculous,” Ryan said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “[Gronkowski] is on an extra point. He’s probably done it 100 times this year for the simple fact that’s how many points they score. You never see that. Every single team in the league, we have D’Brickashaw Ferguson there.”

Ryan said coaches can’t go through games worrying about injuries.

“You don’t play the game that way and it’s just an unfortunate thing,” Ryan said. “That’s just a freak deal that that would happen. But unfortunately that’s part of the game. Injuries do happen. We lose [wide receiver Santonio] Holmes and [cornerback Darrelle] Revis to non-contact injuries and it’s just one of those things and it’s unfortunate, obviously.”

Belichick’s decision to keep Tom Brady in Sunday’s game, throwing passes, with a 28-point lead deep in the fourth quarter is a more questionable move. But on the Gronkowski injury, it’s hard to disagree with Ryan: A broken arm on an extra point is a freak occurrence, not something Belichick should have seen coming.

48 responses to “Rex Ryan: It’s “ridiculous” to blame Belichick for Gronkowski injury

  1. I like Rex. He is not a phoney.

    And as far as Brady playing, how has it worked out for other teams that took their QB out to save them for the playoffs??? There is your answer.

  2. It won’t stop the haters from hating though. Whining about karma and whatnot.

    And no, I’m not a Patriots fan. Just tired of little nancies crying about the Patriots constantly. Fact is, there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t trade their team’s last 12 years for the Patriots’ last 12 years.

  3. As much as I don’t like Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan, I have to say that Rex is correct on this one. Some years ago, Jason Sehorn, a Giants safety, wanted to help the team, started to return kicks. Broken leg, end of career. There was a furor just like this one. Why was such a valuable player returning punts? It’s not uncommon at all for a talented safety to return punts, it just happened.

    But running up the score like the Patriots do when they can? Well, it seems unnecessary up by 5 scores with just a few minutes left. Yes, it is up to the other defense to stop them. But it will engender ill will.

  4. What people should be talking about more is how the Colts defense just flat out quit midway through the 4th.

  5. Plenty of coaches use valuable players on point after attempts. That’s not the issue, those can be extremely critical points. The issue is that it was the 59th point in one of the biggest blowouts of the season. It’s perfectly reasonable to question why the hell he was in the game with 4 minutes left.

    Rex is an idiot anyway. I’d rather have him disagree with me, that way I know I’m doing something right.

  6. ” Some years ago, Jason Sehorn, a Giants safety, wanted to help the team, started to return kicks. Broken leg, end of career.”

    Actually, that’s not correct. He tore his ACL and MCL in a 1998 preseason game and missed that season. He came back and played with the Giants from 1999-2002 and the Rams for 2003.

    He was, however, much slower.

  7. I have no problem with leaving Gronk in on XPs in a blowout; after all, it’s just an XP, for heavens’ sake, what happened to him was truly a freak occurrence. But playing Brady and subjecting him to a pass rush when you’re up by four TDs late in the 4th quarter is just stupid. I don’t care how many games and rings Belicheck’s teams have won, it doesn’t mean that he’s incapable of being wrong. When the game is irretrievably lost or won, and you plan on having him do something other than take a knee a few times, you get your franchise QB out of the game to keep him healthy.

  8. i don’t understand fans crying about the Pats “running up the score”.

    i LOVE running up the score .. as a fan i want to see good professional football .. an offense that demonstrates that it knows what it’s doing.

    i don’t have the time to waste watching inept offenses .. you show me an offense running up the score and i say that’s an offense operating at the highest levels.. and i want to spend my time watching that.

  9. Aaron Rogers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have all played inside 5 minutes with a 20+ point lead this year. No one noticed.

    This is very simple. Did the Colts pull their defensive starters when they fell far behind? Did their coach throw in the towel? Stop and think.

  10. “Belichick’s decision to keep Tom Brady in Sunday’s game, throwing passes, with a 28-point lead deep in the fourth quarter is a more questionable move.”

    Tom Brady threw two passes in the last 7:00 minutes of the game. Two. One was a a eleven yard first down throw to Welker on third down and the other was a quick throw at the line of scrimmage to Shane Vereen.

    Brady wasn’t throwing bombs. I know a ton of people hate the Patriots so it’s easy for them to pound their chests when something goes wrong for them but I feel like this time people didn’t even bother to watch the game or know the facts before jumping all over Belichick.

    It’s unfortunate Gronk got hurt but it’s not a season-ender he’ll be back sometime in December or for the first playoff game. The Patriots have overcome injuries before and while there isn’t any replacing Gronk for the time being the Patriots will get production from somebody else until he returns.

  11. psychotim:
    Thanks for the correction on the injury. And yes, he did play again, but wasn’t the same.

  12. Pats fans wonder why BB collects tight ends like cordwood. While Gronk’s arm heals he can rest his back and Hernandez can pick up the slack. Clearly getting everybody healthy for a SB run is the goal. Meanwhile, Rex just hopes BB doesn’t run it up on him in two days. Could cost him his job. Kiss the ring and pray!

  13. Whatever, the Colts still had Andrew Luck out there, but no one is giving them flak for “putting him at risk in a blowout”.

  14. People can get confrontational and play devil’s advocate all they want, but tell me, when you’re up 58-24, with 4 minutes left, and you’re going for that 59th point, what is to be gained with Gronkowski blocking? What’s to be gained that you couldn’t gain with some third stringer blocking?

    Because we can say it’s a freak occurrence but no one can answer the simple question-why was he in? If he was in, surely there’s a reason. Surely something must be there to be gained. Aside from a broken arm of course.

  15. shoobiedoobin says:Nov 20, 2012 2:40 PM

    People can get confrontational and play devil’s advocate all they want, but tell me, when you’re up 58-24, with 4 minutes left, and you’re going for that 59th point, what is to be gained with Gronkowski blocking? What’s to be gained that you couldn’t gain with some third stringer blocking?

    Because we can say it’s a freak occurrence but no one can answer the simple question-why was he in? If he was in, surely there’s a reason. Surely something must be there to be gained. Aside from a broken arm of course.

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    Everyone can anwer that question. It’s because he’s on the PAT team and there’s only one PAT team and he plays every PAT.

    You don’t just put random guys on the field for kicks and punts unless you want your kicker to be out for the season.

  16. Everyone can anwer that question. It’s because he’s on the PAT team and there’s only one PAT team and he plays every PAT.

    You don’t just put random guys on the field for kicks and punts unless you want your kicker to be out for the season.

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    Really? LOL really? He’s that much better a blocker than another TE who isn’t as valuable as a receiver? Logic!

  17. In that case why isn’t Gronk blocking on every single passing play? In fact he’s doing quite the opposite most of the time. No one else on the roster is capable is blocking a guy for a quick two seconds who isn’t even rushing overly hard? Reality is that no one thinks about this until it’s too late, even the infallible Belichik. “PAT attempt, get out there” and no more thought goes into it, until it’s too late.

  18. I’m a huge Pats fan and there’s no other coach in the NFL I would rather have leading the Pats than Bill, but he is as much to blame when things go wrong as he gets the credits when things go right. This is poor management on his part. Why do you not play your starters for most of the preseason games? You just do not put your best TE on the team in plays he shouldn’t be in and increase his changes of getting injured.

  19. Despite all the back and forth between the fans and the teams, I have no doubt that Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick have the utmost respect for each other.

  20. I’m sick of this running up the score bs .I would never sit or rest a player for no reason unless they were nursing an injury. You know why teams like the giants (2 times) and the packers won suberbowls? because it was a full season long battle to make the playoffs and when they got there they were better prepared. Everyone always talks about team x getting hot in the playoffs, its because while they are scraping to make it, other “elite” teams are taking a break.

  21. Wont deny BB one of the best coaches o all time. And the guy who wrote that any team would trade the last 12 years for the pats… Maybe your team. Bc the last 13 years the new york giants have gone to 3 superbowls and won 2.. So have the steelers. Pretty sure those 2 teams dont care to have the pats. Anyway the guy is 6’7 270+ lbs why wouldnt he be out there blocking. Stuff happens its football and you move on! You cant question a guy like BB especially after the career he has had. Maybe if it were a rookie coach or someone like rex ryan then you question him but BB you just shut it and move on! Im a giants fan and he was once our d coordinator so i root for the guy except against the g-men

  22. Rex says something nice without possible conflict, but some people just have to find something wrong with him and the comment.

    Don’t you shipping and receiving clerks worry about Rex and his future. If he he gets fired Friday morning, there’ll be an offer or 3 by the afternoon to coach in the NFL.

  23. charlutes says:
    Nov 20, 2012 2:23 PM
    Don’t question BB, cuz he’s the greatest coach of all time
    __________________________________

    thats funny….bb w/o a guy named tom brady equates to a loser.

  24. Bigger question is, why was Luck still playing in the game? He was the one getting constantly thrashed, not Brady. Nothing like risking the new future of your franchise to a devastating injury in a then-meaningless game.

  25. I’ve always been able to tell that BB and RR respect each other. This doesn’t surprise me, but I appreciate that RR said it.

  26. “Bc the last 13 years the new york giants have gone to 3 superbowls and won 2.. So have the steelers.”

    Good of you to remind the paties of what SB winners looks like. They seem to be a little delusional about their franchise.

  27. Finally Rex said something sensible… Obviously I don’t wish him well on thursday but I hope he has a good finish to the season, finishes 8-8 and gets to stay a few more years with Sanchez.

  28. a lot of people are asking “why was luck still playing? why was brady still playing? why was gronk still playing?” .. these people are missing the obvious .. BB said it .. because they are football players!

    football players play football .. don’t see what the confusion is here.

  29. I do not hate the Pats, but I do hate it that Gronk got hurt and I wish him a speedy recovery. Nor do I criticize Belichick for the injury.

    That said, however, I do hold the opinion that if Gronk was destined to suffer a broken arm anyway, and thereby cause his coach grief and anxiety, it’s awfully satisfying that it’s Belichick rather than some, you know, human being.

  30. Pt fans would of boo’d Brady and Bill had they benched Gronk on that 59th point.

    Pat fans will have to sweat out an injury when your team put 95 on the Jets.

    Brady put it best on TV today. “We can’t get over confident just because they are the Jets”. So hat 95th point may be the difference in the game.

  31. Other teams win by large point margins and no one complains about them running up the score. Didn’t see a whole lot of complaints when a team ran a fake field goal with a large lead.

    As far as the Ryan guy, I’ve heard him say that off the field, Belichik is a good guy to have a beer with.

  32. I’m sure Bellicheck is thrilled for the support from the likes of you, Rex. Just don’t expect him to return the favor and say “It’s ridiculous to fire Rex for the Jets problems” this offseason.

  33. If this in some way causes the Pats to lose 5 or 6 of their next games I’m going to dance all the way to Mass., Gangnam Style, and shake Belichick’s hand personally.

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