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Rex Ryan defends Bill Belichick over Gronkowski Injury


Bill Belichick has been criticized heavily by the New York and national media for the most ridiculous of reasons, and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is among those who is calling the fiasco “ridiculous”. Seriously, why do some Pats fans hate on Ryan so much? The guy has his opinions, and he is willing to defend and praise the Pats when he knows it’s the right thing to say.

Ryan said, “Yeah, absolutely ridiculous. He’s in on an extra point. He’s probably done it 100 times this year for the simple fact that’s how much points they score. You never see that. We have (offensive lineman) D’Brickashaw Ferguson there. It’s just an unfortunate thing. That’s just a freak deal that, that would happen. Unfortunately that’s part of the game. Injuries do happen. We lose (Santonio) Holmes and (Darrelle) Revis to non-contact injuries. It’s just one of those things.”

I love this, and I couldn’t agree more with the first few sentences from Ryan. I mean, teams don’t pull out players who have consistently been blocking on extra points all season long. The chances of an injury happening on that play are extremely unlikely, and the injury Rob Gronkowski sustained was rare and a freak injury.

But, of course, Ryan had to get one final jab in on the Patriots, “I don’t feel sorry for them, let’s put it that way.”

Nor should he. Teams have to deal with injuries, and a rival coach should never be sorry for the misfortune of a rival team, especially if the coach of that team has dealt with devastating injuries this season as well. Ryan should feel sorry for Gronkowski (everyone should), but he definitely isn’t obligated to feel sympathy for the Patriots.

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