Calvin Pace says the Patriots no-huddle offense is ‘borderline illegal’

Like any other team that is getting set to face the Patriots, the Jets will spend a significant amount of time in practice this week preparing to defend against the no-huddle attack. When in a rhythm, New England runs it better than any team in the league. According to Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, part of that success comes from their nearly illegal approach.

“It’s borderline illegal because sometimes the guys aren’t always set when they snap the ball,” Pace said Wednesday according to ESPNNewYork.com.  “But it’s smart. Why not hurry a team up? I wish we would do it. For a defense, it just puts pressure on you.”

We know at least one man who despises the no-huddle, but that man represents the NCAA. If it were illegal, the officials would flag the Patriots for an illegal formation. Yes, it’s possible that they miss the call. But every time? I highly doubt it. In reality it’s an offense that the Patriots practice extensively in order to keep their opponents on their heels. The ability to run the no-huddle up and down the field is what makes guys like Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker so valuable when paired with Tom Brady.

As for the Jets not running it, they simply don’t have the personnel. The no-huddle can get complicated, and added complications is the last thing New York’s struggling offense needs this season.

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Calvin Pace on Reggie Bush: ‘We had to put him on out’

The Dolphins were able to run the ball against the Jets very effectively on Sunday until Reggie Bush left the game with a knee injury late in the second quarter. Prior to limping off, Bush carried the ball 10 times for over 60 yards. Daniel Thomas filled in for Bush and carried the ball 19 times for only 69 yards, so I guess you could say the injury worked out for New York. But were they rooting for it?

Jets linebacker Calvin Pace probably should have chosen his words a bit more carefully when speaking to reporters about Bush after the game.

“I guess he was doing his thing for a quarter or two,” Pace said according to the NY Daily News. “We had to put him on out. We didn’t see him again.”

Manish Mehta pointed out that replays of the play where Bush was injured didn’t reveal any cheap shots or dirty play, but you can see how Pace’s comments could be interpreted as New York trying to injure him. He may not have meant that and may have just been saying the Jets were struggling against Bush, but in the wake of the Saints bounty scandal players need to be more cautious when talking about injuries.

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