The New York Jets got lit up like a jack-o’-lantern by the division rival New England Patriots on Sunday, and apparently some Jets players thought that their division rivals were rubbing it in unnecessarily.
Jets offensive tackle Morgan Moses said that he and others were bothered by the Patriots running up the score, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
The Patriots defeated the Jets by a comical 54-13 final score. They scored another three touchdowns in the fourth quarter after they were already ahead by 21 points, continuing to take deep shots down the field.
Of course, New England was under no obligation to stop trying to score, and it is on the Jets for not being able to defend them. In fact, the Patriots pulled many of their starters, scoring their final touchdown of the game on a drive led by backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.
But the Jets are probably right that the Patriots took pleasure in rubbing salt in their wounds. New England coach Bill Belichick, who famously hates the Jets, made no secret of the joy that he got from the thrashing.
Photo: Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Adrian Peterson was not on the active roster for the Washington Redskins on Sunday after Jay Gruden made him a healthy scratch, and the decision did not sit well with Peterson or some of his veteran teammates. One of them, offensive tackle Morgan Moses, pulled no punches when discussing the situation on Monday morning.
In an interview with “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan, Moses said it was a “slap in the face” that Peterson was inactive.
“Any time you’ve got a Hall of Fame guy that doesn’t dress, man, it’s a slap in the face. And obviously, we’ve gotta figure out what the reason is,” Moses said. “And it’s my job as one of the older guys on the offensive line to speak up and say, ‘Hey, we need him.’ Obviously, you don’t put a Hall of Fame guy like that on the sideline — when he’s healthy, as well.”
Moses said he had not yet spoken with Gruden about the decision but would discuss it with the coaching staff before Week 2. He obviously feels strongly about it, and he added that he would be “very surprised” if Peterson did not play in the second game.
“I think (Peterson) brings a lot to the game. I think he brings a lot to our team. But to have that guy just standing on the sideline is just, it doesn’t sit well to guys on the team or the NFL,” Moses said. “So I think this is something we need to correct, man, because he is a helluva football player.”
The situation has the potential to turn ugly, as Gruden made it clear after Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that he does not have much use for Peterson. He once again praised 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice and said Peterson will probably only have a role if the Redskins think they can run the ball 55 or more times going into a game.
It seems obvious that the report about Gruden wanting to cut Peterson in the preseason but being overruled was accurate. However, the coach needs to be careful about creating a divide in the locker room. It seems he has already done that.
Want to know what it looks like to have a rookie right tackle try to block against one of the better defensive fronts in the NFL? Just like that.
Morgan Moses completely missed his assignment on a passing play early in Monday night’s game between the Redskins and Seahawks. Moses was looking up field in case Bobby Wagner came on a blitz. During the time he was looking in front of him, Cliff Avril blew past him around the edge and leveled Kirk Cousins, who at least was able to get rid of the ball instead of taking a sack.
Look at this — three Washington linemen all facing the same direction, forgetting about Avril on the outside:
And Washington fans thought Tyler Polumbus was bad …
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