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Jets head coach Robert Saleh: Patriots ‘punched us in the freaking mouth’

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The New England Patriots played a dominant game against the New York Jets on Sunday. When the dust had settled after four quarters the final score read Patriots 54, Jets 13.

It was a total demolition, and New York head coach Robert Saleh did not try to sugarcoat the outcome after the game.

“They punched us in the freaking mouth and scored points, so credit to them,” Saleh said during his postgame press conference. “That’s it. I mean, I’ve been in part of some of those in my life. They just don’t feel good.”

The Jets have now dropped to 1-5 in Saleh’s first season as their head coach. Two of those losses have come against the Patriots, but while the first one was a comparatively close affair — a 25-6 game in Week 2 — this one was pretty much over before the half.

It only got worse after intermission, though.

“This is the NFL. You give up 50 points, it’s embarrassing,” Saleh said. “I don’t think I’ve had this feeling after a game since 2017 against Dallas. A helpless feeling where you’re just watching, you’re trying to figure something out. I’ll be honest. We talk about adversity. Everyone was asking. You can chalk this one up, it’s here. This is from coaches all the way down.

“NFL doesn’t really give a flying s--t — excuse my language — in terms of scheduling. We got to line up the next week and for the 11 or 12, whatever we got left. I know we got the right men in that locker room. I know we got the right people in that locker room. I know we’ll come back strong. But we got to get it going.”