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Rex Ryan: Criticism of Bill Belichick ‘ridiculous’

FOXBOROUGH --- They may be at opposite ends of the spectrum, as well as the field, as coaches in the AFC East division archrivalry between the Patriots and Jets. But on Tuesday Rex Ryan rose to the defense of his New England nemesis, Bill Belichick, calling criticism of the Patriots coach “absolutely ridiculous” in the aftermath of Rob Gronkowski’s injury in Sunday’s 59-24 victory over the Colts.

Belichick had drawn some criticism for playing his star tight end, who made seven catches for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as a blocker on the kicking squad that attempted a PAT in the fourth quarter of a game that was well in hand.

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