Belichick is “proud” of team, but otherwise doesn’t have much to say

AP

On Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had plenty to say. On Sunday night, he did at first.

“I was really proud of the way our team fought tonight,” Belichick said after New England’s 30-24 overtime loss in Denver. “I thought we gave tremendous effort and played really hard. Obviously there were some things that we could have done better, could have coached better, could have played better, but guys really played hard and I have all the respect in the world for this football team, the way they competed so proud of what — the way they went at battle tonight, disappointed in the end result, but have to get back to work this week for Philadelphia.”

Beyond that, Belichick pretty much shut it down.

Asked about the offensive pass interference penalties being called this season (tight end Rob Gronkowski now has five), Belichick said this: “I think you should talk to them. Talk to the League. I’m sure they have all the answers on that, so talk to them.”

Regarding how the team will move forward with all of the injuries sustained on offense: “I don’t know. I’ll work on that this week.”

On the low hit that injured Gronkowski: “Look, I’m not going to talk about the play.”

As to the suspect clock error that really wasn’t a clock error at the end of regulation: “About what? Yeah.”

It’s understandable that Belichick was feeling a little frustrated and, in turn, not inclined to say much. The Patriots blew a 14-point lead, losing to a team whose quarterback was making his second career start. Typically, Belichick confuses and confounds an inexperienced signal-caller.

Instead, Brock Osweiler and the Broncos put together the kind of memorable night that both ended New England’s quest for perfection and launched what could be a new era for the franchise, with Brock Osweiler becoming the latest successor to the position once held by current Broncos G.M. John Elway.

57 responses to “Belichick is “proud” of team, but otherwise doesn’t have much to say

  1. He should be. This team has a boat load of character. They played Denver and the refs last night and still forced OT. What an awesome team/organization.

  2. Lot of respect on how he does not mention any of the five horrible calls against the Pats in the 4th quarter. All of which changed the game. A lesser coach would’ve used their time at the podium to make excuses not bill. Just another reason why he is the best.

  3. Tough loss but props to BB for not making any excuses or complaining about bad calls like 90% of head coaches would in this case. Whining is way to trendy in today’s NFL.

    Hoping Gronk and Hightower injuries aren’t ACL’s. Can’t afford to lose either one of those guys for the season. Fingers crossed

  4. As a Panther fan……..I have never seen blatant calls/non calls in one game than I did last night in the Patriots/Denver game……Roger must have had the fix in on that one……The NFL should be ashamed of themselves.

  5. So many tough breaks for the Pats in this one (Harper muffed punt, Gronk OPI, Chung holding, odd clock rule w/o explanation, Jones hands to face), but all are completely irrelevant. If 87 is OK then none of it matters; if he’s seriously injured then the rest is just a footnote.

  6. Good game by Denver. New England fought their guts out. Maybe try this again in 16, hopefully in Foxboro.

  7. After the Rams, the Broncos may have the dirtiest defense in the league. I think the officials feel like since they can’t call a penalty on every single play, they won’t bother calling much of anything. Brady throws a pass, defender leaps up and smashes him in the head. No call. Talib hits the guy he’s covering about 1/4 second early every single play. Gets called once or twice. Gronk beats a guy to get open. Offensive pass interference. Gronk catches another pass and cobra-kai sweeps the leg. No call.

    This game wasn’t as poorly called as Arizona-SF was yesterday but it was typically bad.

    As for Osweiler, it looks like there’s some real potential there. Kubiak needs to roll with this guy. It’s strange but even the running game is better with him at QB.

  8. the Patriots played against the Broncos AND the refs last night!

    That is the truth. That game was as fixed as any I have ever seen in watching 35 years of pro football.

    the league is an embarrassment!

  9. “Instead, Brock Osweiler and the Broncos put together the kind of memorable night that both ended New England’s quest for perfection and launched what could be a new era for the franchise”

    Really? The Broncos played a Patriots team that was without three of their four best offensive playmakers coming into the game and who then lost their best playmaker in Gronk in the fourth and without their best defensive player in Collins and who then lost their defensive leader in Hightower. The Patriots also had to be play against a referee crew who seemed absolutely determined to give the Broncos the game with some embarrassingly bad calls every time the Patriots made a big play and yet still took that game to overtime on the road in Denver. Osweiler was mediocre at best. You want to call that the “launch of a new era”? That’s laughable

  10. Time for goodell to go. He is despised by everyone. The bag job was on last night. Bogus OPI on gronk then the bogus holding on Chung. Even Michaels and Collinsworth couldn’t believe it.

  11. .
    Brock Osweiler will immediately join Miami coach Dan Campbell and former Steelers practice squader, Dri Archer, in the PFT wing of the NFL Hall of Fame.
    .

  12. On to Philly….congrats to the Broncos and to Osweiler. Nice gesture on the part of Brady to seek him out and congratulate him on a huge win! The Pats must now focus on like without Gronk at least for the short term. The goal of a W in SB 5oh is still the objective.

  13. What became inescapably clear to me during the course of last night’s game was that certain members of the officiating crew seemed to be calling the game in such a way as to make it impossible for the Patriots to leave Denver with a victory last night.

    Clearly, all of the bad calls made last night were a deliberate, premeditated effort to deny the Patriots a victory. Most, if not all, of the bad calls made last night were applied against the Patriots at pivotal points in the game which would have extended the Patriots time of possession, positioning them to deliver a knock-out punch to Denver. Seemed to me that it was a CALCULATED EFFORT on the part of certain officials to tilt the game in Denver’s favor.

    The poor officiating was both obvious, shocking, and outrageous in the way it was applied….I’m still upset and outraged over last night’s events.

    Clearly, Denver did NOT win last night’s game. More precisely, the officiating crew deliberately handed the Denver Broncos the victory on a silver platter.

    In my mind, and apparently in the minds of many others, the Patriots, with all things being EQUAL, would have emerged from that game the victors. They were, in effect, CHEATED out of a victory…(and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that Goodell may have had some role to play in determining the outcome of last night’s game.)

    Clearly, Denver did not win this game “fair and square”.

  14. Other coaches should take a page from Belichick for how to act after a game so poorly officiated. He’s not whining about the offensive pass interference calls against Gronk when the ball is not in the air and he is being jammed. e’s not whining about the head Referee who says put 40 seconds on the clock yet the clock continues to run. He’s not whining about the phantom pass interference call against Chung which allowed Denver to score. He simply says ask the league, they have all the answers…That’s what I love about him. He thanks his players for a hard fought effort, if he had anything to say it’s between him and the team.

  15. Belichick was most frustrated by the “critical” phantom calls on Gronkowski and Chung that had a direct impact the outcome of the game.

    The refs are targeting Gronk. Question is WHO ordered it.

  16. We’ve seen surly Belichick press conferences before, but they tend to be short. This was different. He stood there through multiple prolonged silences. Almost as if he was waiting for a specific question that he did want to answer, just like after the replacement ref game against Baltimore back in 2013. This time the question didn’t come.

  17. Cue the delusional Patri*t fans whining about the refs, the snow, the hit on Gronkowski and on and on and on.

    The fact remains the Patri*ts got beaten by a virtual rookie starting his second game ever.

    Deal with it.

  18. I’m proud of my team too. Bill was a little choked up last night. Tough game, tough loss. Heart of a champion.

  19. Osweiller did well.

    It helps when you get some blatantly bogus calls go your way, but that seems to be the way of the NFL now.

    Game changed when Harper muffed that punt. Until then Denver wasn’t in it and the Pats had a chance to finish them off.

    Barring a catastrophic collapse both teams will make the playoffs so they may well yet meet again.

  20. Harper muffing punt certainly changed the game, but the phantom calls were the nail in the coffin. Playing against Denver is hard enough, without having to play against the refs. I do hope the Pats don’t have play against that reff’ing crew again this year…brutal.
    If NBC had replayed the holding against LaFell, a riot would have ensued in Boston…
    The commentators were at a loss of words for some of those calls.

  21. Broncos had a 12th and maybe even a 13th man on the field for them all game. Maybe you saw them. They were wearing striped shirts and carried whistles.

    That was one of the most blatantly biased officiating games I have ever seen. The NFL needs to fix this ASAP. I don’t know if the problem is with Goodell, Blandino or somebody else, but there is a big problem that is ruining the NFL. Let the players play.

  22. Gotta hand it to Bill, They always seem to find a way to stay in it, no matter what. Their last decade+ of seasons have been amazing. I don’t know how they pluck people off the street all the time and have them play well.

    CheatGate/Ect aside – Best coach of the modern era, and easily one of the best ever.

    I am not a NE fan, far from it.

  23. For those of us who hate the Pats for cheating and continue to blame them for cheating, you can’t blame us for thinking that way.
    Face it. This team cheated.
    They are this good without cheating?
    Yeah, right.
    For a team that was known to have cheated in the past, how are we supposed to trust them now and always?

  24. gregbeau says:
    Nov 30, 2015 10:19 AM
    Broncos had a 12th and maybe even a 13th man on the field for them all game. Maybe you saw them. They were wearing striped shirts and carried whistles.

    That was one of the most blatantly biased officiating games I have ever seen. The NFL needs to fix this ASAP. I don’t know if the problem is with Goodell, Blandino or somebody else, but there is a big problem that is ruining the NFL. Let the players play.
    ———————————————————————–
    The refs are there to make sure that neither team cheats.
    Looks like you don’t want your team to get caught.
    It is what it is and the Broncos won. And not with any help from the refs. They just simply outplayed the Cheaters. Face it. Your team is not as good as it is and needs to cheat to win and the refs stopped them from doing that.

  25. Let’s see…Peyton at the end of his contract, same with Osweiler. Are you going all in 100K for ‘the future’? Two average games against lesser or depleted teams. Matt Flynn? As a Charger fan, I say ‘pay the kid’. We remember well the last QB of his size and ability, he played at SDSU- named Dan McGuire.

  26. Congratulations to Denver. They came back from two 14 point deficits, similar to what the Patriots did against the Ravens in the divisional round last year.

    That’s as pithy as I have ever seen Belichick but he never complains after a game. It was good to see him praise the team’s effort.

    Bill chose a conservative game plan throughout the game and the chose not to run the ball late. That surprised me but he may have been taking into consideration their injury situation. A team that is normally great at third down conversions was very poor at it in this game (without Edelman and Amendola). The fumbled punt was huge; as were several penalties that were called against the Patriots when they otherwise executed key plays that may have secured a win (50+ yard pass to LaFell, completion to Gronk for first down, sack of Osweiler). It was not only the calls on the Patriots but the lack of calls on Denver in the fourth quarter on clear infractions that gave this game an appearance that the officiating was unbalanced.

    Two OPI calls against Gronk can’t be a coincidence (it is a rare call). Some one in the league office overseeing the officials has made Gronk’s style of play a point of emphasis. The NFL tried to kneecap the Patriots by suspending Brady and it now looks like they are trying to take away his best weapon. There were phantom defensive pass interference calls in the Giants game, the inadvertent whistle in the Bills game, and then three fourth quarter gifts to the Broncos in this game. I think we all know what we saw. Let’s see if anyone in the media has the courage to tell the truth and shame the devil.

  27. Patties,

    Last week the refs called ZERO penalties against the Bears and eight against the Broncos. The Broncos overcame and didn’t throw crying fits like Uggs did last night.

    Both teams have battled injuries. Two starting tackles (one pro-bowler), starting nose tackle. starting guard (pro-bowler). Starting strong safety (pro-bowler). starting outside linebacker (pro-bowler). Starting quarterback (pro-bowler).

    Sometimes you just lose. Cheat harder next time.

  28. I personally believe regardless of the officiating the weather the injuries Patriots played very well as did the Broncos. where the problems exists is poor coaching. Gronk should never have been receiving a pass why? Because it was 2 minutes left blount should’ve been running the clock down. We made a thousand mistakes misses passes falling holding the list goes on

  29. They should stop asking this drama queen to do press conferences. I bet he’ll suddenly want to sing like a bird.

  30. The embarrassing loss last night

    That was a battle of heavyweights in bad weather.

    Doesn’t get much better than that.

    You might wanna catch a replay of it, cause I don’t think you saw the game.

  31. The Patriot fans all say congrats to BB for not making excuses when that is exactly what they and him are doing…. The organization has record fines and penalties for repeated cheating offenses and it really says a lot of the character of someone who would support such a scummy organization. Anyone who would support such an organization must also take shortcuts and cheat themselves. Someday they may actually win a championship where they haven’t cheated to attain it but it’s obvious that will be with a different cast of characters because the current ones are incapable of playing by the rules…. Since All 4 championships have asterisks it’s time to replace the repeated cheaters and bring in coaches and players who will play within the rules…….. And that’s from a true pats fan….. Time to move on and replace the current scum!

  32. The refs giveth and the refs taketh away. In the end it’s all a push and that’s football. The Patriots are about competing for championships and win or lose Belichick is right to focus on how hard they competed last night.

    On a related note, kudos to Denver for the game they played last night.

    Those of us that were looking to be entertained by a good hard fought football game got exactly that last night for sure.

  33. For those doubting the Patriots ability to rebound, I suggest you listen to Eric Allen’s take on the subject.

    It was good to see that the players and coaches are pissed about losing but in good spirits, supporting each other on the flight home.

    The game exposed some weaknesses on both offense and defense but I trust Bill will fix those issues.

    It’s great to be a Patriots fan.

  34. The fix was in, the Pats were not going to be allowed to leave town undefeated. I’m shocked they even let the Pats move down field for the tying FG.

  35. What’s he supposed to say? That his team got hosed?

    Because anyone who isn’t a Patriots hater or a Broncos fan knows that’s exa.ctly what happened.

  36. The Patriots played good and the Broncos should feel fortunate to win. But the Broncos made just enough big plays. Gronk’s penalty was a penalty. The low hit was perfectly legal. There were no bad calls. Brady was amazing as usual, but teams just don’t go undefeated. Somewhere, somehow, some way, somebody is going to win a game. It happens. The Pats have nothing to hang their heads about. This Osweiler kid played pretty good too.

  37. “Instead, Brock Osweiler and the Broncos put together the kind of memorable night that both ended New England’s quest for perfection and launched what could be a new era for the franchise, with Brock Osweiler becoming the latest successor to the position once held by current Broncos G.M. John Elway.”
    ___________________________________

    “Let’s not put him in Canton yet, fellas.”

    — Bill Parcells

  38. Cue the delusional Patri*t fans whining about the refs, the snow, the hit on Gronkowski and on and on and on.

    The fact remains the Patri*ts got beaten by a virtual rookie starting his [first playoff] game ever.

    Deal with it.

    ___________________________________

    Spoken like a Pats fan on the day after the 2001 AFC Divisional playoff game….

  39. pretty sweet battle to watch last night. Seems the Pats are always the team to make those plays at the end to seal the W. Frustrating as a fan to see those plays occur, then get called back on ticky tack penalties. Hate to cry about the refs but its tru. Not taking anything away from Denver…that game was going to the end regardless. Again just blows when you see the team make that big play…twice…but all for nothing.

    Good win for the NFL…I mean the Broncos last night.

  40. On a related note to this game… after a game last night which was the PERFECT environment to take air pressure measurements….still not a peep from the league about PSI….

    #hmmm
    #Interesting
    #IWonderWhy

  41. After the two-minute warning of a half, the following shall apply:
    a) If a team has not used its three charged team timeouts, the team of the injured player will be charged a team timeout,
    unless:
    1) the injury is the result of a foul by an opponent;
    2) the injury occurs during a down in which there is a change of possession, a successful field goal, or an attempted try

    b) If a team has used its three charged team timeouts, an excess team timeout shall be called by the Referee, unless:
    1) the injury is the result of a foul by an opponent;
    2) the injury occurs during a down in which there is a change of possession, a successful field goal, or an attempted try

    Note 3: If an excess team timeout is charged against a team in possession of the ball, and time is in when the excess timeout is called, the ball shall not be put in play until the time on the game clock has been reduced by 10 seconds, if the defense so chooses.

    Penalty: For the second and each subsequent excess team timeout after the two-minute warning: Loss of five yards from the succeeding spot for delay of the game.

    ARTICLE 2. SCRIMMAGE DOWN. Following any timeout, the game clock shall be started on a scrimmage down when the ball is next snapped, except in the following situations:

    (a) Whenever a runner goes out of bounds on a play from scrimmage, the game clock is started when an official spots the ball at the inbounds spot, and the Referee gives the signal to start the game clock, except that the clock will start on the snap:

    (1) after a change of possession
    (2) after the two-minute warning of the first half
    (3) inside the last five minutes of the second half

    (b) If there is an injury timeout prior to the two-minute warning, the game clock is started as if the injury timeout had not occurred.

    (c) If there is an excess team timeout after the two-minute warning, the game clock is started as if the excess timeout had not occurred.

    With all the Ref. bumblings lately you have to hand it to them to inherently know this. And execute it flawlessly while Beelzebub is trying to make history.

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