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Friday’s Mashup: Manish Mehta says Jets will overtake Patriots in AFC East: ‘The Patriots are in decline’

Lucy Burdge
December 28, 2018 - 8:44 am

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NBA: Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: LA Clippers at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)


-- The Patriots clinched their 10th consecutive AFC East title but New York Daily News writer Manish Mehta is optimistic the Jets are poised to take over the AFC East.

“This is not your older brother’s Evil Empire, which has dominated the NFL landscape for the better part of two decades,” Mehta wrote of the Patriots. “No, this is an inconsistent outfit held together by a pliable 41-year-old, kale-munching quarterback and a brainiac head coach.”

“The Patriots haven’t collapsed just yet, but there’s a feeling in league circles that their inevitable demise will make the Jets’ impending head coaching vacancy extremely enticing,” he continued.

Mehta quoted an unnamed head coach who would love to helm the Jets.

“I would love that job,” the coach told Mehta. “The Jets are poised to take over that division. Brady’s time is short.”

"I’m not ready to say Brady is (avocado) toast, but let’s get real for a moment: There is an opportunity for the Jets – yes, those Jets – to jump in and seize control of the AFC East after suffering for the better part of the Patriots dynasty that has included 10 freakin’ consecutive division titles,” Mehta wrote. “ … But everything comes with an expiration date.”

The 4-11 Jets will take on the Patriots this Sunday for the season finale at Gillette Stadium.

-- Boston College’s A.J. Dillon posted a message to fans of the football team after the First Responder Bowl was canceled on Wednesday due to lightning, ending BC’s season.

With 5:08 remaining in the first quarter, Boston College’s Bowl game against Boise State was suspended and then called off after a lightning strike over Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Dillon, a sophomore, tweeted out a message to fans, his senior teammates, Boise State and the First Responder Bowl Committee.

“We all know this isn’t how we envisioned this game playing out,’’ Dillon wrote in his message tweeted early Thursday morning.

“We had been working on this (game) for a month now and were prepared to play at competitive excellence. However, this is part of the game and for 10 or so minutes you got a chance to see what that  2019 Boston College are ready to bring to the table.’’

BC athletic director Martin Jarmond commended Dillon in a quote tweet.

BC finished the season 7-5.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I’m pretty confident. Everything for me, right now, is just keep moving forward and getting ready for the game this weekend. Like I said, I meet with Mrs. Ford every week, so they’ve been great. Her and her family have been great.” -- Matt Patricia, on his job as the coach of the 5-10 Lions