If you win in the NFL you can do whatever you want. Have a team like the Patriots and you can make your players speak only in Pig Latin on the second Tuesday of every month. Have a team like the Jets and you could have a locker room full of Winston Churchills, and it’s not going to make a difference.
Rooting for the Jets is anathema for any Patriots fans, so their failure tastes better than Thanksgiving leftovers. But the emergence of the Jets as a legitimate rival for the Patriots was a victory for all of those who wanted a little more transparency with their football.
The Patriots win games because they have Brady, Wes Welker, Vince Wilfork, et al, not because Belichick treated Gronkowski’s injury like it was the access code to Area 51.
The Patriot Way has prevailed. The Jets have a long way to go before they can call themselves the Patriots’ rivals.