Belichick declines to comment on Deflategate

You won’t hear a full-throated denial from Patriots coach Bill Belichick after accusations that his team deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.

The first question posed to Belichick on his conference call today was about what has now become known as “Deflategate,” but Belichick said questions should be posed to the league, not to the Patriots.

“Any questions on that you should talk to them about,” Belichick said.

So far, the league isn’t answering any questions, other than to confirm that it’s investigating whether the Patriots deflated some footballs in violation of league rules. If the investigation finds that the Patriots did break the rules, they could be fined or docked draft choices.

101 responses to “Belichick declines to comment on Deflategate

  1. If the investigation finds that the Patriots did break the rules, they could be fined or docked draft choices.
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    I don’t think that they intentionally deflated the balls (I am Colts fan BTW), but if they are found guilty, a fine is just like a slap on the wrist, isn’t?

  2. corvetteman6 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 11:46 AM
    Funny how people want to put this guy on the same level as Noll, Shula, Lombardi and Walsh. Those guys knew something about character. This guy….?

    Some people have a very nostalgic view of sportsmanship in football. If you read a little history on the NFL, including the coaches named above, you would think that Belichick is a saint.

  3. Appropriate name, using the -gate suffix.

    Nixon bugged the Democrats even though he’d win in a landslide.

    It’s not about whether it made a difference – it’s about ethics. Ethics don’t go away just because you’re better. In fact, it makes you look petty, cheap, and certainly beneath respect.

    The Patriots’ fans settled my dilemma as to who to cheer for.

    Go Seahawks! (from Bears fan).

  4. Noll, Shula, and hahahahahaha, the same coaches that taught guys to push up offensive linemens facemasks and take out guy knees!!! Give me a break!!!!!

  5. This was an issue that was pointed out in the 1st half and the refs knew about it in time for the 2nd half. Anyone know the score in the 2nd half?

    Oh yeah, 28-0.

  6. Straight up bunch of cheaters the Patriots are and their leader Belicheat disgusts me as the man does not have one ounce of decency in him. He staying quiet because he knows he got caught.

    Oh an I am not buying the balls lost air cause it was cold, because it seems to have only effected the Patriot’s balls, we are talking more than one ball. Also I don’t care that the Pat whooped the Colts because it not whether it gave the Pat an advantage over the Colt, it may have but it probably didn’t matter Colts just got beat anyway you look at it.

    The question now becomes how many times they have done this. Did the do it against the Ravens the week before? Maybe Brady has been washed up all year and the Pat have been cheating for Brady. When they lost to the Chiefs when everyone was calling him washed up and finished and then boom Brady is good again. How much of that is Brady and how much of it is a deflated ball? Does it even matter in the world perception is reality.

    Belicheat and Brady have cemented their legacy as Cheaters. And the league needs to drop the hammer unlike any other time ever before. If this was baseball these jokes would already be banned for life.

  7. Belichick LOVES this. You can’t buy this us against the world motivation and he gets it over whether footballs were properly inflated! Keep it up haters. I thought it was 50/50 that the Patriots win, now I think it’s 60/40. Please, please, please Seattle (e.g., Richard Sherman), make an issue out this and we can move it to 80/20.

  8. Why would you comment on something your guilty of? There is a reason people call him Belicheat. Regardless of the outcome of the game, the point is their under investigation for cheating and where there is smoke there probably is fire.

  9. This reminds me of when I’m playing Monopoly and the guy sitting next to all the money is winning by $1000 and then you catch him stealing $100, and he says,

    “So what does it matter, I’m winning by a thousand you loser!”

  10. corvetteman6 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 11:46 AM
    Funny how people want to put this guy on the same level as Noll, Shula, Lombardi and Walsh. Those guys knew something about character. This guy….?

    ______________

    Belichik is on no one’s level. He is the best that ever was.

    Can’t compare salary cap era with any thing else. Also a 16 game season with 32 teams.

    Simply the best.

  11. Sports media has become just like cable news (cnn, fix, etc…).
    Hopefully the nfl will finish their investigation soon and deflate this story.
    Let’s talk about the upcoming game rather than this bs.
    This all because a linebacker thinks a ball is less inflated.

    The refs handle the ball every play don’t you think they would have noticed?

  12. So Rodgers is exposed for over inflating the balls on MNF… then they make the point he hasn’t thrown a pick at home since 2012… then he throws 2 picks on the road in a playoff game and no one is talking?

  13. An under-inflated ball also won’t travel as far when thrown. Why do that?

    This is all starting to sound like a crock, or maybe the Colts equipment guy was the one with the needle.

  14. As a Colts fan let me just say even if it was true it still would not have mattered one bit. They smashed us in that game, they were truley the better team that day and deserved the win with or without legal game balls.
    Although I will say, it is the Patriots, and with their history I would not be surprised if the allegations were true.

  15. Its only “cheating if the Patriots do it

    , an exchange on the CBS broadcast of the New England Patriots’ road game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 30 seems timely to pass along.

    Early in the third quarter, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms had the following discussion on the broadcast:

    Rodgers
    Nantz: We talked to [Aaron] Rodgers about ‘How do you like your footballs?’ Because, you know, you can rub them up before the game. [Phil], you really kind of created that for everybody else in the league.

    Simms: I don’t know if I did, because the quarterbacks got tired of them complaining. But he said something [that] was unique: ‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it.’ Because he thinks it’s easier for him to grip. He likes them tight. Of course, he’s got very big hands and you can tell that by watching him play.

    Nantz: You’ve never heard of a guy really desiring a football to be fat and overinflated before, have you?

    Simms: Everybody wants it smaller and soft, so they can dig their fingers into. He’s such a feel thrower. You can tell. The one touchdown he threw down the field to the tight end is such feel; then he flicks it. That shows you he just has great control of it, with his fingers and hand.

    Nantz: He said, ‘God gave me big hands and a strong grip.’

    Simms: You know, the officials do check those footballs and sometimes maybe even get lucky and put an extra half pound of air in there to help Aaron Rodgers out.

  16. remember last week when a ravens player tried to gouge brady’s eye out? why is this a bigger story than that?

    the truth is because everybody loves to hate the patriots because they are soo damn good. and im a ravens fan. im actually rooting for the pats to win because i appreciate true greatness when i see it

  17. Those from the Patriots that had chain of custody will be asked; Did you receive a directive from Bill Belichick or management to use less air pressure? No!

    What a story…………End of story!

  18. Andrew Luck-13-33, 125 yards, 2 ints- deflated balls on Pats sideline is obviously the reason the Pats won.

  19. pagano’s gameplan: we have no shot to beat the pats so lets deflate the footballs and blame them for cheating and maybe we win by forefit! irsay: brilliant!!

    league should investigate the colts ball boy.

  20. We don’t know either way whether or not they did it. IF they did, the point is not how much (if at all) deflating the balls helped NE. The point is that they cheated to try to win. Also, as with Spygate, if the cheating wasn’t going to make a difference in the game, why do it?

    Again, IF the Patriots cheated here, that speaks to their character. The Patriots have already been caught cheating in the past – we won’t go there again in this post – but IF they did so again, it will again underline their lack of character. All of the rings in the world wouldn’t make me respect that.

    Perhaps the saddest thing is that, as with Spygate, a team found cheating will only face a fine and/or loss of picks. If that kind of wrist-slapping is how the NFL deals with cheating, it only encourages teams of low character to take the risk.

  21. He wants to limit distractions.

    They declined to say much about Hernandez too. Focus is on football. Answer one question and get pestered with 50 more

  22. 45-7 is a statement. What’s next? Maybe Gronk should have to tie an arm behind his back? All I know is the Colts had possesion of the ball and possesion is 9/10th of the law, ask Florio

  23. I haven’t heard anyone saying the deflated balls were the reason the Pats won. But if you break the rules and cheat, it doesn’t matter. You still have to be punished for it. I’m more than willing to wait and find out what the investigation yields.

  24. This had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. But this is not about that. This is about a program that has been caught cheating before. This was not just one ball this was deliberate and unnessesary. As repeat offenders they must be punished and severely. A fine will not be enough.

  25. “It’s a long line of people that want to step up and make an excuse as to why their team lost,” Bruschi said. “Tom [Brady] said it earlier that he’s heard it all and I echo that. I’ve heard it all too in terms of you want to look at the New England Patriots and all the success and you want to wonder why. A part of you thinks if you’re not a fan, not a player, not a coach, it’s like why couldn’t we achieve it. Well, you want to point the finger and make some type of reason. Get in line, it’s a long line.

    Keep hating and the Pats are going to keep winning!!! Seahawks fans get ready for some true hatred if your team repeats, but hopefully they don’t against my Pats. Hope your players healed up because I want to hear no excuses IF my Pats come out victorious in the SB.

  26. Eh, Brady has crushed the Colts four straight times now, including a blowout on the road in the Colts’ “acoustically enhanced” stadium. When your special teams fields punts with their faces, or you need multiple players to tackle Blount or even Brady’s own left tackle, blaming the equipment is just sad. The trolls always love these sorts of slanderous lies because it makes them think their own awful teams at least “lose with honor” but anyone who watched that game knows who won it fair and square.

  27. Flash, that’s a great find on the Aaron Rogers application. I guess they would call that ball inflation gate.

    The NFL brought this on itself with ridiculous spy gate fines and by letting Harbaugh talk about the need for an NFL investigation of a coach that was just better prepared than him. If Harbaugh was fined Pagano and the Indy front office would not have tried this bs.

  28. flash1287 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 12:10 PM
    Its only “cheating if the Patriots do it

    , an exchange on the CBS broadcast of the New England Patriots’ road game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 30 seems timely to pass along.

    Early in the third quarter, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms had the following discussion on the broadcast:

    Rodgers
    Nantz: We talked to [Aaron] Rodgers about ‘How do you like your footballs?’ Because, you know, you can rub them up before the game. [Phil], you really kind of created that for everybody else in the league.

    Simms: I don’t know if I did, because the quarterbacks got tired of them complaining. But he said something [that] was unique: ‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it.’ Because he thinks it’s easier for him to grip. He likes them tight. Of course, he’s got very big hands and you can tell that by watching him play.

    Nantz: You’ve never heard of a guy really desiring a football to be fat and overinflated before, have you?

    Simms: Everybody wants it smaller and soft, so they can dig their fingers into. He’s such a feel thrower. You can tell. The one touchdown he threw down the field to the tight end is such feel; then he flicks it. That shows you he just has great control of it, with his fingers and hand.

    Nantz: He said, ‘God gave me big hands and a strong grip.’

    Simms: You know, the officials do check those footballs and sometimes maybe even get lucky and put an extra half pound of air in there to help Aaron Rodgers out.

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    So, the Packers should be fined, stripped of draft picks, and Aaron Rogers should be suspended all of next season. Oh and an asterisk should be next to the Packers, Rogers and all their titles especially Super Bowl 45.

  29. We now have two instances of cheating by the Patriots yet people still keep giving thumbs down to those who simply point it out. Are you people all under some sort of hypnosis where no matter what the Patriots do, you still love them? Have some friggin integrity.

  30. uwisheuwereapatsfan2 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 11:55 AM
    1. Pats: win

    2. You: whine

    3. Repeat
    ______________________-
    1. Pats: Cheat
    2. Get Caught
    3. Repeat

  31. RomoIsGod says: Jan 20, 2015 12:30 PM

    We now have two instances of cheating by the Patriots yet people still keep giving thumbs down to those who simply point it out. Are you people all under some sort of hypnosis where no matter what the Patriots do, you still love them? Have some friggin integrity.
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    Paranoia is a sickness that should be treated by medical professionals. It’s not a surprise that cheatnation is declaring guilt before the NFL renders a ruling. This is the same group tinfoil hat wearers who ignore the fact the Jets were caught videotaping from the sidelines a year before they turned the Pats in. This is the same group of zombies who ignored Aaron Rodgers when he actually admitted guilt, back in November, that he has the balls over inflated. Hate = legitimacy of success.

  32. It’s been widely acknowledged today that the ball in question was the interception by the Colts, and it was their equipment guy who claims to have noticed that the ball was under-inflated….

    the ball was in the COLTS hands, who is to say that THEY didn’t deflate the ball in order to blame the Patriots?????

    They got the bleep kicked out of them, even AFTER the supposedly under-inflated ball was checked. What are the Colts going to blame their horrendous 2nd half performance on????

  33. The bigger issue is the Blount issue. How did someone who quit on a team end up with another team in the playoff hunt.
    Collusion on the part of the Pats in working behind the scenes, or utter stupidity of the part of the Steelers for allowing this situation to take place.

  34. RomoIsGod says:
    Jan 20, 2015 12:30 PM

    We now have two instances of cheating by the Patriots yet people still keep giving thumbs down to those who simply point it out. Are you people all under some sort of hypnosis where no matter what the Patriots do, you still love them? Have some friggin integrity.
    …………
    Dude, relax and point out where they’ve been proven guilty of something here? Anywhere? Refer us all to one article proving guilt?

    We’re not under ‘hypnosis’ as you say. BB gets a bad wrap for spygate crap, and fine, it happened, no one denies it. He also doesn’t help the situation with the media being grumpy and not wanting to say much in pressers.
    It’s his own fault that this crap happens each year because of spygate, ,but where are all the articles when this stuff is proven false? 29 articles calling him guilty amongst other things and there will be 1 or 2 articles about it being false. Meanwhile 100,000+ fans will still think he’s guilty because of all the press this story got.

    Tell me, did he do anything wrong in the BAL game? Did that turn out to be a whining Harbaugh or do you still it was cheating to line up differently….and legally?

  35. After the NASCAR races were over, Patriots hired Crew Chief Chad Knaus and 2 of his tire changers as ball boys. A little off season work and they know how to handle air pressure and make changes

  36. Not to sound like a broken record, but it’s still a fact that the Patriots haven’t won anything since Spygate. And if they win this year, they still won’t have won anything without cheating and another asterik. Kudos, Patriots — you are the supreme cheaters of the land — be “proud” of your accomplishments*.

  37. uwisheuwereapatsfan2 says:Jan 20, 2015 11:55 AM

    1. Pats: win

    2. You: whine

    3. Repeat
    ________________________________
    Pats: Cheat
    Get Caught
    Get Caught
    Get Caught
    Repeat
    Repeat
    Repeat
    Most tainted franchise in modern sports history.

  38. Talk to Goodell, he’s probably inflating the balls back to the required weight as we speak.

    Sincerely,
    The biggest cheater in sports history

  39. Did they intentionally inflate balls because Brady prefers them that way in the rain? Probably.

    Did it give them an edge? Probably.

    Did it decide the game? No.

    Should Pats be punished? Yes. 2nd round draft pick sounds right.

  40. Another bogus claim by the Colts, who can’t deal with losing and have to throw the Patriots under the bus. If they aren’t thrown out of the league, the Colts should be fined heavily for making this bogus claim and they should lose some draft picks.

  41. BREAKING NEWS

    Patriots found guilty of multiple infractions:

    – Pretending to hand off the ball when they were really throwing it
    – Lining up in obvious running formations and changing play on the field to pass without notifying defense
    – Playing linebackers off the line of scrimmage but really blitzing when ball is hiked.
    – Not building a roof when ALL weather stations called for rain

    Question for the haters, name a League infraction the Pats have been punished for since your beloved spygate? And I’m not talking about Hernandez, personal fouls, etc. I want another example of cheating since that’s what they are known for in your eyes.

  42. heard from a friend who the knows girl friend of one of the ball boys that the Pats use a combination of nitrogen and helium to compensate for Brady’s arm strength.

  43. It’s hopeless apparently to think that the Patriots fans will get what everyone is saying.

    You have by far the best team in the AFC and maybe the NFL right now.

    The air pressure in he ball clearly had nothing to do with the outcome.

    It’s been proven that it’s not beneath your team to break the rules to get an advantage – even if that advantage is not necessary. As Nixon did in Watergate.

    If my team were the greatest one playing, I’d want them to be admired – not investigated.

    And all the thumbs down I get for this will prove my point that the Patriots fans are ignorant of the concept of integrity.

  44. The man woth the hood doing what he does best.Not talking.Keep doing what you do Coach,you’re one of the best ever. No need to talk to the media,they hate you.

  45. It’s apparently hopeless to think that the (Insert your team’s name) fans will get what Patriot’s fans are saying.

    All other teams and their fans will make up any excuse they can come up with just to make sense as to why their team did not win. The fact of the matter is, they did not execute and therefore they lost. Get a life (Insert your team’s name) fans!

  46. “I love how all the haters have convicted them with ZERO evidence of any wrongdoing. I hope you are never arrested with people, who are so narrow-minded judging you like this.”

    Like I said, I’d rather my team be admired for being great than investigated for breaking the rules again.

  47. The bigger issue is the Blount issue. How did someone who quit on a team end up with another team in the playoff hunt.
    Collusion on the part of the Pats in working behind the scenes, or utter stupidity of the part of the Steelers for allowing this situation to take place.
    ===

    Blount was not only cut by the Steelers, but he cleared waivers. Every team in the league had a chance to sign him. There’s no there there, man. The Steelers were just dumb to cut him. He could have helped against the Ravens.

  48. Seriously…NOTHING has been proven by anyone. So quick to jump to conclusions – it is absurd.

    Refs handle(d) the ball(s) countless times throughout the game, but D’Qwell Jackson makes a play on the ball and goes to the sideline to say it’s not right…which makes a logical thinker wonder. They say it helps with grip and catching ability. Why, then, did Brady have such a mediocre (225 3TD, INT = mediocre for brady) day? Why so many poorly thrown balls and subsequent drops? Why the INT WITH the “deflated” ball? It’s not supposed to happen like that, right?

    Ball is replaced…Patriots go on to POUND THE SNOT out of your team AFTER SAID BALL WAS REMOVED.

    This is much ado about nothing. Unless there is visual proof that shows a member of the Patriots organization then no one should be claiming anything.

  49. Seriously – when Aaron Rogers ADMITS he OVERINFLATES his ball to gain a competitive advantage no one says squat

    No “investigation” – no one even blinks

    Rogers ADMITTED IT

    Roger Goodell doesn’t care

    Now just the ALLEGATION of something in a 45-7 game and the integrity of the game is in question?

    Seriously??

  50. “All other teams and their fans will make up any excuse they can come up with just to make sense as to why their team did not win.”

    There is not a single post here making excuses. not one. Get a different narrative. Your team is great, maybe the best. No one is denying that at all.

    Your team got caught once breaking the rules and is being investigated again. THAT’S the point. If you think being the best team with the best coach makes it OK, well you sound like Tricky Dick Nixon.

  51. They got caught and dealt with the repercussions.

    Just because there are other ALLEGATIONS and ACCUSATIONS does not mean they are true.

    The Pats have been accused of plenty – it’s getting old, and at this point, laughable with what the accusations are.

    Seriously…last week is a perfect example with the whole formation nonsense…now this.

    Yawn

  52. and the filming is something that has been proven that most all other teams did….pats were the scapegoat…no big deal.

    Funny how no one brings up the Broncos or Saints for their shady antics over the years….only the pats.

  53. I noticed a lot of balls bouncing off the Colts hands. Early in the game. TD passes or long passes.

    Colts cut the lead to 7-14. Give them a few more scores. Game plans change. Then we don’t know that NE outscores them 28-0 at half.

    Also legal to have balls at 12.5 to 13.5 pounds. If NE has 12.5 and they made INDY 13.5 its Legal.
    Does that soften NE balls enough to make the throws and catches easier?

    The extra pound for INDY does that make the balls more firm and harder to handle?

    If your allowed to be in between 12.5-13.5 then you are in the rules to give yourself that ADV. Is that good fair sportsmanship? NO! but Theres is very little sportsmanship in PRO Sports!!

    What the LG should do is hire LG people to handle the balls. Have that consistency across the board. Also better Refs or Replays since there is 4…5….6 Plays that get missed that effect the game.

    Example Aaron Rodgers INT in the 1st qt. Dude was offsides and Rodgers thought he had a free play. Also the Personal foul for the hit on Clay Mathews should have been added on, but they said the play was still going and had the choice of the Sack or the Pent.

    What should happen is GB vs INDY for the Superbowl!!!

    Get those Cheaters PATS and SEAChickens out of there!!!

  54. I just can’t believe this is the only kind of cheating they have on the patriots. It’s also funny how both times the patriots got caught cheating it was noticed by the opposing teams. Not the refs, not the nfl, but the teams that were playing them. Just goes to show how the refs and nfl let the patriots do what they want. Its the refs jobs ton check the balls from high school to college. So the refs should be fired for not enforcing the rules and let the patriots do it.

  55. You pat fans are exactly right, when beating the colts so decisively why choose to deflate the balls? Now why did they donit pat fans, tell us why and stop saying you didn’t need to do it but you did! Always the patriots with an ace up their sleeve.

  56. This post is not about it didn’t make a difference (I hope it did and does), it is not about all the other teams do it (I hope they dont). This post is about the fact that I embrace the cheating… BB please give me more.

    So many people must live in some sort of bubble… Having been a professional motorcycle racer for a number of years I can say, if you are not probing every edge in a rulebook, you are not winning. Sorry to say, but “sportsmanship” is for chumps. Oh, there is sportmanship where it doesn’t affect the outcome of the event, like helping your buddy up off the field (or a ride back to the pits after a crash). But follow a rule book to the letter so your opponent has a fair chance. Get real. Professional sports is warfare without the guns.

    BB probably has a half a dozen hustles going at any one time. Think he stopped filming defensive signals, heck no, he is doing it from the stands, nice and legal, only now with a computer enhanced telephoto giving him better quality than he had pre-spygate. Eligible/ineligible tricks… Another hustle. Ball pressure, another. Stickum, grease, who knows what, I don’t. All devised to give an edge. That is the way it works folks. You think that nice business man that you so admire is having dinner with the senator to make the playing field level? Heck no, he wants an edge.

    You need to do a cost benifit analysis. As long as wins are not voided, I’ll bet BB would be willing to risk just about any punishment to win the SB, even a 1 yr suspension. I hope he continues to probe the edges of the rulebook, looking for that soft spot, and wins another SB. If they win, I guarantee there will not be any asterixs to be found on nfl.com

  57. I would just finally like the Chea tri ots to finally win a legit Super Bowl. Thought this upcoming one was going to be it but again we see how we can not trust this organization.

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