The New York Jets reportedly tipped the referees about an illegal play the New England Patriots used the week before on a field goal block attempt. The play involves a lineman pushing another lineman through the line to try to block the kick. The rules were changed this offseason and that play was made illegal.
The Patriots used the play against the Saints and the Jets noticed. When the Patriots went to use the same play the following week the referees flagged it after being warned to look for it by the Jets. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick thinks the Jets noticed because they use the same play.
“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don’t even know about all that. But basically we’re just moving on here,” Belichick said, via NewsDay.
One Jets player is denying Belichick’s claims.
“There was no film or footage of that to prove we did that,” Jets linebacker Quinton Coples said.
“We beat the Patriots,” Coples said. “We move forward. They can say whatever. We won. We beat them. We won’t see them no more this regular season. We’re moving forward as far as Cincinnati.”
Deadspin provided two GIFs of the play so you can decide for yourself.