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Bill Belichick: Blame me, not Chris Jones

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Immediately after the Jets made good on the second chance provided by Patriots defensive lineman Chris Jones’ personal foul for trying to push a teammate through the Jets’ line on a missed field goal in overtime, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he thought it was a bad call because the push didn’t come from the second level of the defense.

Belichick was wrong about the rule, which makes no distinction about where players line up at the start of the play despite some confusion stemming from the way the league referred to the rule when it was put in place during the offseason. Jones said he knew the rule and said he deserved the blame for committing the foul, but Belichick said Monday that the burden should fall on him instead of Jones.

“I think Chris is obviously trying to do the right thing by stepping up and taking responsibility but that’s not his responsibility, it’s ours,” Belichick said, via the Boston Globe. “We just have to do a better job of coaching that. It’s not his fault, that’s on me [and] the coaching staff, we just have to do a better job there.”

Belichick said it was the team’s job to know the rules when asked if confusion about how it was articulated led to the penalty and that Jones was doing something that the team’s coaches had told him to do. If that’s the case, it’s hard to argue against Belichick’s request for blame on a costly penalty.

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53 Responses to “Bill Belichick: Blame me, not Chris Jones”
  1. blacknole08 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    Belicheck says it was the team’s job to know the rule, but Chris Jones said he knew the rule. Let Chris take responsibility. Despite the mishap he played a really solid game for 4 quarters and he will only get better from this one mistake.

  2. binkystevens says: Oct 21, 2013 1:36 PM

    He’s still gonna get cut

  3. jimmyt says: Oct 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    BB will still have him drawn and quartered anyway for causing the rest of the world to know what an idiot he is.

  4. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 21, 2013 1:40 PM

    I was at the game and I was appalled by the call. Was a dumb call? Probably. Was it the right call? Yes. It’s not enforced enough and it’s sad its called at such a crucial point, BUT that’s the rule. He should have let Folk kick it we all knew he wouldn’t hit a 56 yarder in MetLife. The Patriots lost because the Jets have a great D and disrupted TB all day, which is why he had less than 250 yards passing and 0 tds. The run game looked good against their stout D though. I can still see NE winning the division, but not sure how far they can go in the postseason unless they are healthy. Btw, I hate Ryan but this win may have saved his job if hes goes 8-8, he still deserves to keep it. Considering the talent he has, and what he carved that D into.

  5. azarkhan says: Oct 21, 2013 1:41 PM

    No problem with the rule but making it a 15 yard penalty? That’s excessive.

  6. billybenoitlsu says: Oct 21, 2013 1:43 PM

    Hey Belichick , you lost bruh !! It’s sucks to lose by being cheated by Refs just like the Saints got cheated last week on the last play of the game.
    Suck on that loss you spygate cheating idiot !!! BTW before Pats fans start attacking about Saints Bounty …..SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE !!!! NO BODY HAS EVIDENCE !!! There is NO evidence there was a bounty ….

  7. azarkhan says: Oct 21, 2013 1:52 PM

    @billybenoitlsu, Want some cheese with that whine?

  8. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 21, 2013 1:56 PM

    Nice knee jerk leadership here Bill. Which version of truth are you going with?

    Belicheat is such a tool…

    Its amazing the Patriots are so competitive year in & year out with him at the helm…

  9. footballfan58 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:57 PM

    billybenoitlsu says:

    Hey Belichick , you lost bruh !! It’s sucks to lose by being cheated by Refs just like the Saints got cheated last week on the last play of the game.
    Suck on that loss you spygate cheating idiot !!! BTW before Pats fans start attacking about Saints Bounty …..SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE !!!! NO BODY HAS EVIDENCE !!! There is NO evidence there was a bounty ….
    ****************************************

    Yes, the Patriots lost fair and square if that was the rule that gave us the penalty.

    You should grow up unless you’re actually 12 years old.

    And while I didn’t personally see the Bountygate evidence, your coaches didn’t get that huge suspension for nothing, Buddy.

  10. floridascuba1 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:01 PM

    Once again bb using the didn’t understand the rules just like spy gate

  11. steelersreallysuck says: Oct 21, 2013 2:03 PM

    Saints fans should go back to wearing the ‘aints bags over their heads!

  12. nflpoker says: Oct 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    And Billy Bellyache finally admitted the mistake was on him. But the NE fan base are still whining a river. Stupid rule? Yes. But, IGNORANCE of the rule is no excuse, coach.

  13. steviethewiz says: Oct 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    Little Bill trying to CHEAT AGAIN???!!!!!!! Say it aint soooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheating it’s the pats way………..

    Tainted team from top too bottom.

  14. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    Bill seems to be wrong an awful lot with rules. Wonder when Bobby Kraft gives him the axe?

  15. billybenoitlsu says: Oct 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    Whatever Pats fans ….Who’s laughing today ????
    HAHAHA ….

  16. scrp2 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    Belichick’s a great guy

  17. backdapack4evr says: Oct 21, 2013 2:13 PM

    BB is bad for the whole league.
    Very selfish coach that only cares about himself and will cheat and complain to look better.
    There will never be any trophies named after him because he is an embarrassment!!

  18. cropslx says: Oct 21, 2013 2:14 PM

    And while I didn’t personally see the Bountygate evidence, your coaches didn’t get that huge suspension for nothing, Buddy.
    ******************

    Your head coasch didn’t get that huge fine for nothing dealing with Spygate!!!

    He cheated other teams out of a Super Bowl win.

  19. bradygoat says: Oct 21, 2013 2:15 PM

    jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 21, 2013 1:56 PM

    Nice knee jerk leadership here Bill. Which version of truth are you going with?

    Belicheat is such a tool…

    Its amazing the Patriots are so competitive year in & year out with him at the helm…

    _______________________________

    When you make an initial comment not knowing you’re wrong, and then admit later on that you were in fact wrong after getting clarification on the rule, how is that offering a different version of the truth? How does that make him a tool? He admitted to not having the correct interpretation of the rule and took full responsibility. While we’re at it – it’s equally amazing how inept the Jets are year after year.

  20. bradygoat says: Oct 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    billybenoitlsu says: Oct 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    Whatever Pats fans ….Who’s laughing today ????
    HAHAHA ….

    ___________________________

    Probably most Boston fans are laughing today – Pats are 5-2 – in first place, and the Red Sox are in the World Series. Move on fella, move on with your life.

  21. joestemme says: Oct 21, 2013 2:21 PM

    I wrote last night that it was obvious that this was a play that had been practised by the Patriots. Once BB started going on about the “second level” and all, you just knew that Chris Jones’ “I had no idea about the rule” excuse was total B.S..

    The Pats KNEW and rehearsed this play.

  22. pjflynn84 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:25 PM

    Marshall Faulk must have been on cloud 9 when the refs called this.

    I also didn’t know that Marshall Faulk trolls as a Saints fan.

  23. footballfan58 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:28 PM

    @ cropslx: Whatever makes you feel better, sweetie.

  24. onebucplace says: Oct 21, 2013 2:31 PM

    Schiano would have blamed Freeman.

  25. keepounding1234 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:31 PM

    @billybenoitlsu
    Laugh all you want. It’s only one game. Btw, most people don’t care about spygate or bountygate.

  26. thesportgenius says: Oct 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team but it sucks that the zebras decided the outcome of the game on some sort of obscure rule that never gets called and had no impact on the play. The teams battled for 4+ quarters…let the players decide the game.

  27. patsbrat says: Oct 21, 2013 2:42 PM

    There have been an awful lot of comments on this play, and a lot of blame being thrown around against Belichick, the refs, and the Patriots in general. A lot of the comments are righteous and deserved, and a lot of the comments are just plain hateful and ridiculous.

    I haven’t seen a single comment blaming Jones. Commenters deserve to get kudos for that at least

  28. diabetic1010 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    For someone who is supposed to be a football genius, BB certainly misinterprets the rules of the game when it’s convenient….again…. and again…..and again.

    Playing stupid shouldn’t be a valid excuse for cheating…..funny how this “dynasty” just can’t win the big one anymore since they got busted.

  29. hawkforlife says: Oct 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    Can we just stop with all the cheat and spygate references, it’s really getting old.

  30. bullcharger says: Oct 21, 2013 2:54 PM

    If you read the linked article, it’s clear that the rule did not limit the penalty to players in the second level. It’s also very clear that the Head of Officiating’s interpretation of the rule was that the players had to be coming from the second level to get the penalty. Given that is all proven, it’s not far fetched to believe that Belichick was guided by officials on how the new rule would be applied at the start of the year, and he was guided to believe the penalty would be only to second level players.

    Belechick would therefore allow the players in the first level to continue to push and train them to do so.

    There’s a reason that Officials travel to each team to explain rules etc. each year. There’s supposed to be consistency on how rules are called. It is very clear that the rule and the Head of Officiating’s interpretation were different. That’s not really fair to teams.

  31. 32brown says: Oct 21, 2013 3:20 PM

    File this under: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”

  32. rcali says: Oct 21, 2013 3:24 PM

    It’s good that coach took the blame because unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, he’ll do whatever it takes to gain an edge…legal or illegal. I know, I know, Pats fans…thumbs down. No reason to start facing the truth now.

  33. bbgraf08 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:31 PM

    Little Bill trying to CHEAT AGAIN???!!!!!!! Say it aint soooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheating it’s the pats way………..

    Tainted team from top too bottom.

    ————————-

    How did Bill cheat? I thought his comments in this article are very respectable. He’s admitting that him and his coaching staff made a mistake.

    How this is being equated with cheating blows my mind.

  34. bamboozle99 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:34 PM

    Belichick loves exploiting grey areas. About time he got burned on one.

  35. drakost says: Oct 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    Not sure you can fault the Patriot fans for being a little miffed. Unfortunately, following the letter of the rule, they did in fact commit a penalty.
    Personally, I would have rather let the teams decide the outcome. Admittedly, I enjoy watching the Patriots over the Jets any day, so my opinion may be a bit skewed.

    BTW I’m a Cowboys fan and I can’t stand Belicheck. However just like ANYONE on this board if he became my head coach, I would happier than a camel on Wednesday.

  36. slyall41 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    I think everyone new nick folk was going to miss that kick. It’s a call you don’t make in overtime. I hate seeing games decided by the officials and more than likely the patriots would have gone on to win. An undeserved victory for the jets might get them into the playoffs we will see.

  37. ampats says: Oct 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    Seems to me by most of the posts that the Patriots fans have accepted the loss as even I we don’t like the call, the Jets outplayed the Patriots when it mattered most and won the game.

    Jets fans like jetsjetsjets now and steviethewiz remind me if that drunken idiot fan wearing he Wayne Chrebet jersey who punched a women in the face. But then again when you haven’t won anything for over 45 years , a regular season victory in OT is their Super Bowl.

  38. patriots123456 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    The NFL’s own website mentioned “second level” in two different places concerning this “NEW RULE”.

    However with several hours of the game ending it was changed. It (the words second level) was deleted.

    The NFL should own up to it’s own mistakes.

    The rule and it’s inrepretation was vague at best.

    The Patriots got caught and penalized and people are call them cheaters?

    Hey the Jets were off sides about 10 times and got penalized, does this mean it’s ok to call them cheaters for the next ten years on every story about them?

  39. CKL says: Oct 21, 2013 3:58 PM

    So much butthurt in this and the other threads abot this topic. The same fans over and over using these threads to make whiny 3rd grade level inaccurate comments, really? It’s amusing and scary at the same time.

    Say what you want about BB but he never throws his players under the bus. Unlike some people you all call “classy”all the time.

  40. bamboozle99 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    While the wording can be misunderstood, the intention of the rule is clear. Why mess with it?

  41. dwightmlee says: Oct 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    The Jets reminded the refs of this rule just before the play was run. The rule is a joke. BUT=
    It was Brady and the Pats fault they lost, not the refs or the rules.
    This Jets game was the worst performance by Brady in his life – not only his NFL career – his life!!! He better not be whining about the rest of the team because he was putrid, atrocious, a new low in QBing for a guy that Belechick should have traded for three very good defensive players two years ago.

  42. mattwalshvideo says: Oct 21, 2013 4:01 PM

    There goes Belicheat “misinterpreting” the rules again.

    Stay Classy NE

  43. dwightmlee says: Oct 21, 2013 4:03 PM

    Reading some of these comments I can feel my IQ plummeting… oh my head hurts – there should be an NFL penalty for dumb bad comments sections…

  44. ddelimike says: Oct 21, 2013 4:04 PM

    diabetic1010 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    For someone who is supposed to be a football genius, BB certainly misinterprets the rules of the game when it’s convenient….again…. and again…..and again.

    Playing stupid shouldn’t be a valid excuse for cheating…..funny how this “dynasty” just can’t win the big one anymore since they got busted.

    I love the above comment!!!!!!!! When was it again the JETSJETSJETS won the big one…..Oh Yeah 1968!!! Buhahahahahahahahahha

  45. elmoron says: Oct 21, 2013 4:06 PM

    Jones’ transparent attempt to fall on his sword was laughable. The Butt Bumble was a specifically designed play, taught and condoned by the Pats coaching staff, including BB. It starts at the top, and it’s ludicrous to believe a micro-manager like BB would not have been aware of the exact rule, nor his team’s implementing their ‘mis-interpretation’ of it. I have no doubt they had used it in previous games, and suspect the Jets coaching staff had noticed it on film and alerted the officials to it during pre-game. All teams had been briefed on the new rule in camp, yet the Pats attempted to use an erroneous NFL.com report as cover to capitalize on it and now justify it. It’s eerily similar to the kick-off ‘out-of-bounds and re-entering’ dust-up when film revealed the Pats had employed, if not originated, lining up their bench players close to the sidelines to impede opposing players. While I admire their tenacity in constantly looking for any edge in this rivalry, and relentlessly stretching the envelope, it goes far in explaining the contempt with which the rest of the league holds this franchise. It’s unnecessary, belittling, and getting very tiresome.

  46. dpdonny says: Oct 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 1:35 PM
    Belicheck says it was the team’s job to know the rule, but Chris Jones said he knew the rule. Let Chris take responsibility.

    The kid is a rookie. He was doing what he was told. Do you think he thought of that all by himself? Nope. Bill is right. It falls on the SpecTeams coach, which means it falls on him (Bill).

    Jones is not going to get cut. He’s solid. He and Vellano have been doing a good of job as anyone could expect with Wilfork and Kelley out.

  47. bbk1000 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    The NFL makes the rules, as silly as some of them are.

    The coaches do everything they can to find a loophole in the rules, they try to circumvent the “spirit” of the rules…New England obviously pushes the envelope.

    The league is supposed to be a cooperation, in any real job if you deliberately break the rules you’d be tossed out the door….

    I honestly thought the team that did what they wanted to, regardless of the rules, were called the Raiders.

  48. hooterdawg says: Oct 21, 2013 4:39 PM

    Dean Blandino was probably aware that the Pats tried the same maneuver last week against the Saints, and it wasn’t called on the Pats then. But had the call been made , it might have secured victory for the Saints by allowing them to chew up more of the clock and denying Brady his winning drive. So, the Pats arguably got payback from the league vs. the Jets in OT.

  49. ajsjr40 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:09 PM

    This is why he is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL. He is always asking what can I do to better prepare my team.

  50. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 21, 2013 5:32 PM

    KNOW THE RULES BILL!!!!!!

  51. TheWizard says: Oct 21, 2013 6:45 PM

    .funny how this “dynasty” just can’t win the big one anymore since they got busted.

    Them, and like 25 other teams haven’t won the big one since there were busted.

    Were they all in on it?

  52. j0esixpack says: Oct 22, 2013 2:20 PM

    This is just another example of how the Patriots differ from the Raiders.

    The rule is the rule – whether you like it or not.

    It was called correctly. Yes officials often don’t call it – as they did not in the Dolphins game – but that’s no excuse either.

    If this were the Raiders they and their fans would spend the next 13 years arguing about the injustice of officials correctly invoking a rule.

    For Belichick, it took him one review of the tape and one day to acknowledge the officials were right.

  53. j0esixpack says: Oct 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    Are Jets fans actually invoking the “stay classy” line after their convicted murder fan was caught pummeling a woman Patriots fan?

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