Jets react to Goodell's decision

Sep 14, 2007 - 8:43 PM HEMPSTEAD, New York (Ticker) -- Roger Goodell has plenty of fans within the New York Jets locker room after his punishment of the New England Patriots.

The NFL commissioner, Goodell on Thursday fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and fined the Patriots organization $250,000 for violating league policy. Additionally, the team could potentially lose their first-round draft pick in 2008.

If the Patriots reach the playoffs this season, they will forfeit their first-round selection. Should the team miss the playoffs, they'll lose their second- and third-round picks in 2008.

The Patriots were found guilty of attempting to videotape the offensive or defensive signals of the Jets' coaching staff during Sunday's season opener - a 38-14 win for the Patriots.

While they are preparing for Sunday's game at Baltimore, Goodell's decision caught the attention of Jets' players.

"Since he first stepped into office, he has done a great job," defensive end Shaun Ellis said. "He's done a great job of setting everyone straight and setting the line that he is not tolerating nonsense acts. It is good for our league."

Safety Kerry Rhodes agreed.

"The way the commissioner is coming in, if you do something wrong then you are going to be punished," he said. "This is just another case of that happening and him showing that he is being serious. I think it was justified."

Earlier in the week, the New York Daily News reported that Jets coach Eric Mangini, a long-time assistant under Belichick, basically was responsible for the league catching the Patriots in the act. Citing sources, the newspaper said Jets' security tipped off league officials, who then confiscated the camera. The Jets released a statement Thursday backing Goodell's move.

"We support the commissioner and his findings," the team noted in the statement. "The focus of our organization remains on the upcoming game against Baltimore."

Playing the Ravens is certainly the only thing concerning Thomas Jones right now. The veteran running back reminded his teammates that, regardless of Patroits' punishment, the Jets still lost that game.

"That game is over," Jones said. "We can't do anything about the Patriots game. We need to correct those mistakes and go into the next game.

"You don't want to go 0-2. You don't want to start off like that. It just puts you further in a hole. When you lose a game, you obviously want to come back the next week and get a win to get that taste out of your mouth."

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