Did the Patriots tip off officials to watch for tripping on Cowboys?

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The Cowboys two tripping calls Sunday after only seven were called in the first 162 NFL games this season. So did someone tip off either the league office or officials to watch for tripping?

That’s a hot topic in Dallas-Fort Worth this week after the NFL confirmed to the Cowboys that the tripping calls were bad calls.

Bill Belichick was asked Tuesday whether he had seen something on film that alerted him to alter either the league office or game officials.

“No. I mean, the Cowboys are one of the least penalized teams in the league. They do a great job,” Belichick said. “I want to say they had the fewest pre-snap penalties — you know, illegal formation and false start and stuff like that. They had one in our game offensively, but they rarely have that. They don’t have a lot of offensive holding or pass interference or penalties like that. They’re one of the least penalized teams in the league. I think that their coaching staff, Coach [Jason] Garrett and their coaches, they do a great job of that. I’d say just in general they’ve had some personal foul penalties, but as far as the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, alignment – things like that – offsides, false starts, they’re one of the least in the league.”

So the Patriots didn’t alert officials? Or did they?

“Yeah, I’m saying it would be hard to find examples of it because they’re just a team that was not penalized very much,” Belichick said. “We haven’t been penalized a lot either. I mean, when you looked at the matchups in that game from a penalty standpoint, statistically it didn’t look like there was a big edge either way. And sometimes, it evens out. One team has more in one area and the other team might have more in another area or something like that. So, I would say that really wasn’t the case. I was really impressed in watching Dallas, and then going back and looking at the numbers, they only had like three or four of those pre-snap penalties offensively the entire season, which is – I mean, hell, sometimes you see that in one game. But, those guys rarely had that, and they didn’t have very many offensive interference, and holding and stuff like that. I mean, they just don’t do much of it.”

Actually, only 13 teams have more penalties than the Cowboys’ 82 and only four teams have more penalty yards than their 773. The Patriots have 68 penalties for 629 yards.

The Cowboys now have three tripping calls this season, with Zack Martin getting one earlier in the season to go with those called on Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith on Sunday.

54 responses to “Did the Patriots tip off officials to watch for tripping on Cowboys?

  1. This fake outrage each time the Patriots win games is getting quite sickening. Dallas was outcoached from the first snap to the last. It’s time to move on.

  2. The issue though is that they were bad calls. So that’s extra scrutiny on referring if a team made the refs aware of something, and then the refs call it when it didn’t happen.

  3. orivar says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    The issue though is that they were bad calls. So that’s extra scrutiny on referring if a team made the refs aware of something, and then the refs call it when it didn’t happen.

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    I counted three times in that game where Julian Edelman and Harry were being held with no penalty flags. People just choose to place a magnifying glass on every Patriots player every game because they hate them. They purposely ignore all the calls that go against them.

  4. Of course they did. The nfl is a joke well the refs are a joke when it comes to Belichick and Brady. Pats are going to get steamrolled by the ravens in playoffs and I can’t wait to see it

  5. Terrible calls. Especially the last one at a key moment. All the fans tuned in were left to wonder what would have happened. Lucky for the NFL nothing serious was riding on the game other than bragging rights.

  6. I have to say I admired the judo chop block by Dallas and the fact that they got away with it. The Patriot rusher was completely taken off guard and totally flattened on the play. Don’t remember ever seeing anything like that before.

  7. They called tripping because the intent to use the lag as a blocking device happened. Pretty clear if you watch the replays. You could call it ticky tacky, but no doubt it was deliberate.

  8. I liked the part where the refs made the last second of the game last 3 seconds instead, so that the Cowboys got the ball back and had to act like they wanted to win one last time. So funny, like a kid pretending to like a vegetable only to have another one dumped on their plate.

  9. This is what I thought. It’s not only suspicious that they do this, it was pretty obvious.

    I was wondering why they were doing it at all, and it was really slick, too. In real time, I didn’t see it.

  10. There is absolutely nothing to suggest the Patriots flagged the refs on this but let’s run with it. And even if they did why would that be wrong? Coaches ask referees to be aware of things all the time, it’s called coaching.

  11. They could have yep. Just like they did in the Superbowl against Atlanta and told the ref to watch for the hold against Kyle Long, then got a great call against them in the 4Q.

    If they tipped them off to the Dallas Cowboys doing something this game, and got a call for it — I would say thats a good deal and good strategy by the Patriots. Hopefully they can utilize that for every game.

  12. A Foul is a Foul regardless of who tipped what off.
    Cowboys either committed a Foul or did not commit a Foul.
    Any tips on that is standard fare in sports.
    Simple.

  13. ikeclanton says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    They called tripping because the intent to use the lag as a blocking device happened. Pretty clear if you watch the replays. You could call it ticky tacky, but no doubt it was deliberate.

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    I think they do a good jog of trying to be hide it, to be honest. They make it seem like they are shifting over to block, but they’re already beat, so they stick their leg out.

    Again, I knew this was something they had to be doing as a group because I’ve never seen it called twice on the same OL in a game before.

  14. Patriot fans are so thin skinned from all their cheating and lying over the years. Trying to justify these were actually legitimate tripping calls when the NFL said they were not.

    If Patriot fans think there’s a conspiracy against them by Goodell these 2 tripping calls proves without a doubt there isn’t.

  15. You don’t “tip off” the refs when the calls are completely bogus. You TIP the refs so they’ll rig the game for you.

  16. FootballSeasonRules says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    orivar says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    The issue though is that they were bad calls. So that’s extra scrutiny on referring if a team made the refs aware of something, and then the refs call it when it didn’t happen.

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    I counted three times in that game where Julian Edelman and Harry were being held with no penalty flags. People just choose to place a magnifying glass on every Patriots player every game because they hate them. They purposely ignore all the calls that go against them.

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    Of course you did. Because Pats fans think everyone in the league is out to get them. WRs get mugged with no calls in every game. I’m sure Gilmore held Cooper a couple of times too. But tripping calls BASICALLY NEVER HAPPEN. Yet, the Cowboys had 2 in this game that were simply bad calls. And one of them came at a pivotal time. Its one thing to miss something that maybe did happen, but to see soemthing that didnt happen is a totally different thing.

  17. The NFL said they were bad calls, Patriot fans obviously disagree even when it comes from the horses mouth.

  18. TribeOfOne says:
    November 26, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    The NFL said they were bad calls, Patriot fans obviously disagree even when it comes from the horses mouth.

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    Yes, the NFL is known for telling the truth. LOL!

  19. Let’s just assume for a moment that the Patriots get the benefit of the doubt on officiating calls every game. So what? They deserve it. They’re the best team with the best coach, best QB and best fans in the NFL. Everything associated with the Patriots is just better. They’re like royalty. They DESERVE all the benefits of being superior. Any fan of another team complaining about it just shows how and why those teams and those fans are inferior. Deal with it babies or stop watching the NFL.

  20. When Brady and Belichick retire and maybe my team slips into the loser’s category maybe I’ll throw shade at the top dog too just to make me feel better.

  21. I don’t know why anytime there’s bad calls the people making that point have to be demonized and every questionable call has to be brought up in defense of the bad calls. Yes Dallas was out played and outcoached and yes no one call single-handedly changes the outcome of the game. But it’s fair to point out how ridiculous those two tripping calls were and yes they did affect the game. Worth noting that only 8 tripping calls were called all of last year and now we have two on one team in one game? I don’t believe in conspiracies but those kind of calls invite that scrutiny. What I think fans would like to see is more accountability. We don’t need more replay or challenges. We need an explanation of why these bogus calls keep happening and if it keeps happening we need those officials fired for incompetence.

  22. You can always tell when Florio doesn’t write the articles and we’re left with false narratives created by his staff (Charean Williams). I’ve read that article three times now and I’m STIL Lstruggling to see any connection to how Belichick or any member of Patriots organization may have tipped the officials to look for tripping. If anything I read the exact opposite.

    “No. I mean, the Cowboys are one of the least penalized teams in the league. They do a great job,” Belichick said.

    “Yeah, I’m saying it would be hard to find examples of it because they’re just a team that was not penalized very much,” Belichick said.

    Seriously what am I missing here?

  23. TribeOfOne says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    Terrible calls. Especially the last one at a key moment. All the fans tuned in were left to wonder what would have happened. Lucky for the NFL nothing serious was riding on the game other than bragging rights.
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    You have to wonder if those same fans were wonder what if when Cooper failed to complete the reception on the long 4th down as well. Since we’re playing the what if game and all.

  24. footballpat says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:42 pm
    There is absolutely nothing to suggest the Patriots flagged the refs on this but let’s run with it. And even if they did why would that be wrong? Coaches ask referees to be aware of things all the time, it’s called coaching.
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    This! Even if we get past the false narrative the end result is so bleeping what? We already know plenty of coaches talk to the refs pre-game on stuff to watch out for so we can dispense with the notion the Pats are the only team to do it. AND it’s not illegal. Again, so bleeping what?

  25. patriotmaleorgy says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:42 pm
    You can’t argue with Patriot fans. They get so many penalties their way and special treatment they don’t know hat a penalty is.
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    Almost 20 years and counting of being one of the least penalized teams and fans still continue to insist it’s because of the refs and not because of coaching. Arguing against Pats fans is futile usually because whoever tries either has no idea what their talking about or is just plain wrong. Take your pick on whichever one you prefer.

  26. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 26, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    You don’t “tip off” the refs when the calls are completely bogus. You TIP the refs so they’ll rig the game for you.
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    So it was the ref that caused Cooper not to complete the catch on 4th down?

  27. FootballSeasonRules says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Of course you did. Because Pats fans think everyone in the league is out to get them. WRs get mugged with no calls in every game. I’m sure Gilmore held Cooper a couple of times too. But tripping calls BASICALLY NEVER HAPPEN. Yet, the Cowboys had 2 in this game that were simply bad calls. And one of them came at a pivotal time. Its one thing to miss something that maybe did happen, but to see soemthing that didnt happen is a totally different thing.
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    Ask Saints fan if it’s not the same thing or not and come back here and tell us what they have to say.

  28. painkiller20 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    Of course they tipped them off. Patriots fans mad that other teams tipped the league about ball deflation when they do the same type of stuff.
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    Wrong. Pats fans get mad when you manufacture science to prove that allegation.

  29. Statistical probability is basic. An assertion is either true or not true. For example, the assertion (a belief promulgated on these threads) that the refs were the difference in the outcome of the Patriots Cowboys game. The either or probability is 50%.

    Allow me to look askance at the premise that the refs favor the Patriots. For the 19 year Patriots dynasty to be due to refs favoring them would be 50% to the 19th power.

    Thats:

    .5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x.5x

    Sorry, I can’t do that math on my calculator, never mind in my head. That’s how absurd that conspiracy theory is.

  30. Thetruthspeaks says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm
    Patriot fans are so thin skinned from all their cheating and lying over the years. Trying to justify these were actually legitimate tripping calls when the NFL said they were not.

    If Patriot fans think there’s a conspiracy against them by Goodell these 2 tripping calls proves without a doubt there isn’t.

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    Yeeeaaaah. Thank god we have the refs and NFL on our payroll so they can look the other way when necessary so we can do all of our lying and cheating, seeing we have absolutely no talent or good coaches. Especially the last 3 Superbowls. Thank goodness.

  31. Texas will put a hurting on them. They are beginning to come back to earth. Brady is getting old. BB keeps them chugging along when in the past they were flying.

  32. This is like last year against Kansas city when the guy lined up well into the neutral zone and like here you could see it clearly on film so no one could honestly claim there was no penalty. But the argument was instead that the referees should not have called it because it was to damaging to the opponent’s chances. But really there any thought that the players should not commit penalties at key moments if they don’t want calls at those times? How is it the referees fault where in the game the player decides to commit a penalty? Its like there is an expectation that the refs will help the Patriot’s opponents and outrage if they don’t. The sentiment in both cases seems to be that if the refs wont help teams beat the Patriots thats the league coddling them. Not cheating to beat the Pats is considered cheating. Things have gotten that sideways.

  33. People say the refs don’t decide games, ignore the analytics that say Dallas’ chances of scoring on their final drive were reduced by 50% by that bogus call.

    Dallas may not have scored, but they deserved a legit shot at it in a tough, windy, rainy game.

  34. You guys realize this happens all the time right??? Chris Long even admitted he did it in the Super Bowl win over Atlanta. He was getting held all game and told the ref the play before the big offensive holding call that knock Atlanta out of field goal range. Players and coaches are always talking to the refs to “watch this guy or that guy he’s doing this all game”. It’s not illegal!!!

  35. It really doesn’t matter if there was holding (there’s always holding) or if the Cowboys lost or won, or would have lost or won, or if people are tired of the Patriots, or tired of conspiracy theories against the Patriots, etc.

    Regardless, those “tripping” calls were stupidly bad calls. And if one team says to look out for something, well, you still don’t call it unless it actually happens.

    To me, this just shows how bad NFL refereeing has become.

  36. The NFL saying they are bad calls means nothing. They thought Marlon Humphrey tackling DeAndre Hopkins was fine, too. The refs miss stuff all game long. There were a lot of holding calls that Were missed, so I can say it probably evened out. NFL officiating is pretty shaky this year.

  37. Mike Camire says:
    November 27, 2019 at 9:29 am
    People say the refs don’t decide games, ignore the analytics that say Dallas’ chances of scoring on their final drive were reduced by 50% by that bogus call.

    Dallas may not have scored, but they deserved a legit shot at it in a tough, windy, rainy game.
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    We can probably dispense with the legit shot pretense. They had two of them and failed to execute both times after the bad penalty was called.

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