Today on Season Ticket, host Chris Gasper (@cgasper) and Chad Finn discuss the Patriots' controversial victory over the New York Jets—just the latest in a string of bizarre Pats-Jets games. Then they dig into the devastating spate of injuries from Sunday's NFL action and Colin Kaepernick filing a grievance claim against the NFL owners for collusion.
- Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn), Sports Media Columnist, The Boston Globe
On the controversial call that took a touchdown away from the New York Jets
Chad Finn: I don't think anybody's expecting replay to overturn the play to the degree that they did, with the Patriots [getting] the football. I never saw a clean shot of what happened. I don't know how they saw this on replay enough to overturn it. That's the big mystery with all of this to me.
Chris Gasper: That should be a touchdown...It doesn't make sense to me. Certainly a fortuitous play for the Patriots.
"You categorize them as correct interpretations of stupid rules."Chad Finn, on how the controversial Pats-Jets call compares to the infamous 'Tuck Rule' call from 2001
On how the controversial call from this Jets game compares to the infamous 'Tuck Rule' call from the 2001 playoffs, that turned Tom Brady's fumble into an incomplete pass.
Chris Gasper: To me, this was sort of like 'Tuck Rule 2.0.'
Chad Finn: I think they're in the same situation, where you categorize them as correct interpretations of stupid rules.
On the outlook for the Patriots moving forward
Chris Gasper: Overall, I thought this was a good Sunday for the Patriots. They win. They're 4-2. They're in first place in the AFC East...And I look around the AFC and I really don't see a team that's head and shoulders above anybody and that's pulling away. But I still have questions about them moving forward. I think, six games into the season, they're a little inconsistent and they haven't made as much progress as I thought they would make at this point.
On Green Bay Packers Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, getting injured and potentially missing the rest of the season
Chad Finn: It's a football play. It happened. It wasn't dirty. It wasn't malicious. It was just something that's going to happen to quarterbacks here and there. Unfortunately, it happened to one of the faces of the league. It completely changes the season, not only for the Packers, but in the NFC.
"I think that's a real staple of their success and why they are the NFL's preeminent franchise."Chris Gasper, on the Patriots always being prepared for injuries to key players
On the spate of injuries from Sunday's NFL action and the importance of roster depth
Chris Gasper: This was a little bit of a black Sunday for the NFL, all these guys going down. It is sort of a war of attrition and it's why it's important how you build the depth of your team. I think that's something with the Patriots that gets lost, is how well they're able to adjust to significant injuries. Like Julian Edelman [missing this season], or winning the Super Bowl last year without Rob Gronkowski. I think that's a real staple of their success and why they are the NFL's preeminent franchise.
On Colin Kaepernick filing a grievance against NFL owners for collusion
Chad Finn: I think [perennially bad quarterback] Brandon Weeden was probably the tipping point. When that guy got a job and Kaeprnick was still out there, that was the 100% certainty in his mind that nobody was going to sign him and that it was probably agreed upon among every owner in the league. We'll see how it goes. Clearly, this is a story that's not going away.
Chris Gasper: Well, with all these quarterback injuries, there are some jobs open!
Chad Finn: There's a better chance of Tony Romo coming back than there is Kaepernick getting a job.