And for Eric Mangini, its name is apparently Brian Billick.
Expect the Jets coach to face a bit of blowback after all the kerfuffle raised on Sensei Hobo last week for the video cameras, as the so-called offensive genius Billick is accusing the Jet defense of illegally simulating the snap count so as to throw off the Ravens’ offensive line. (Honestly, you don’t really need to cheat to do that. Baltimore’s line and offense in general seem to need no help in being questionable.) Anyway, Billick says it led to three false start penalties by his linemen:
“They did an outstanding job. I credit the New York Jets. Their defensive line and linebackers did a very, very effective job of illegally simulating the snap count,” Billick said. “They did it the whole game long. It needs to be caught.”
Tackle Adam Terry bolted offside in the first and third quarters. Tight end Quinn Sypniewski jumped in the first quarter.
“That’s not an excuse by any stretch of the imagination. But it is illegal,” Billick said. “Our guys have to deal with it. I don’t know how to help my linemen with that because, you’re in the heat of battle and you’re calling the snap count, and the guy across from you is also calling a snap count — which is illegal.”
Probably learned it from the master Belichick, but the can of worms for accusations on every little thing has now been opened. We will see more of this getting tossed around, as coaches seek to air the dirty laundry about who’s honorable (none of them) and who isn’t (anyone who opposes them that particular week and wins.)
Side note: I just heard Cindy Brunson on ESPNnews call it “Scream-gate.” I am trying desperately to control the cliche rage….DIE, YOU.
Photo: AP/Steve Kuark