HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Jets coach Eric Mangini cleared the air with Baltimore's Brian Billick after the Ravens coach accused New York of using an ``illegal'' ploy to draw his team offside during Sunday's game.
``I talked to Brian (Tuesday) and we had a good conversation,'' Mangini said Wednesday. ``It was important for me to talk to him and make sure we didn't have a misunderstanding. We don't coach things to cause penalties. We don't believe in getting penalties, and it's something that we work to minimize at all times.''
Billick said Monday that the Jets' defense ``did a very, very effective job of illegally simulating the snap count'' to intentionally throw off the Baltimore offense during the Ravens' 20-13 win. He claimed the tactic led to three illegal procedure penalties against the Ravens, but said his criticism was leveled at the officials, not the Jets.
``I was being critical of the officiating,'' Billick said. ``It had nothing to do with Eric Mangini. I was more upset that they were doing it better than we were. We all do it. The official usually gets on it right away and stops it. That's all I was saying.
``It's not fair to Eric. Eric didn't deserve the grief he got for that. That was not my intention.''
Tackle Adam Terry was called offside in the first and third quarters, while tight end Quinn Sypniewski jumped in the first quarter. New York received two penalties for 10 yards and Baltimore was penalized 11 times for 100 yards.
``We talked last night and felt very good about the situation,'' Mangini said of his conversation with Billick.
Added Billick: ``I have huge respect for the man. I feel badly that I created a little difficulty for him because he did not deserve that.''
Meanwhile, it's been speculated by some media outlets that Mangini broke an unwritten rule among the league's coaches by exposing Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots' use of a video camera to tape signals in their season-opening 38-14 win over the Jets.
Commissioner Roger Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 last Thursday, and New England also must forfeit a first-round draft pick next year if it makes the playoffs, or a second- and third-rounder if it doesn't. The NFL is also looking into whether the Patriots used video recordings of signals in other games.
``In terms of unwritten rules, you'd have to talk to the people that are bringing that up,'' Mangini said. ``I feel very comfortable with where we are in the situation.''
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AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in Owings Mills, Md., contributed to this report.

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