Bill Belichick: Coaches should always be able to challenge, including inside two minutes

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The NFL has admitted that a crucial catch by Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis should have been ruled an incomplete pass, and would have been overturned if only the replay assistant had initiated a replay review. The Vikings had no mechanism for challenging that mistake by the replay assistant, because there were less than two minutes remaining in the second half, and teams can’t challenge in the last two minutes.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick dislikes that rule.

Belichick said this morning that he believes every play should be reviewable if the coach has a challenge and a timeout and is confident enough that replay will reveal a missed call that he’s willing to risk losing a challenge and a timeout if he’s wrong.

“The rules are the rules, the competition committee and the league vote on the rules, so whatever they are, that’s what they are,” Belichick said. “I think that, provided that the team has a challenge, they should have the opportunity to challenge, really, any play.”

Belichick has previously asked the competition committee and the league to change the rule and allow coaches to throw their challenge flags at any time, on any call, as long as they have both a challenge and a timeout. But so far he hasn’t had much support. Perhaps the Vikings will support him after Sunday’s blown call.

31 responses to “Bill Belichick: Coaches should always be able to challenge, including inside two minutes

  1. BB is correct. As the refs and replay officials refuse do to their job. allow the coaches to take a chance.

  2. He’s right. The automatic review rule inside of two minutes is based on the assumption that the reviewers are competent at their job. That is never a safe assumption in the NFL.

  3. So, the League has it set up that you can’t challenge a play at the most venerable time in the game.

    Doesn’t make any sense at all.

  4. englishguy24601 says:
    November 14, 2022 at 9:09 am
    Kinda have an old man shaking his fists at clouds vibe there Belichick.
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    It often seems like that until everyone else catches up and realizes that he was right all along.

  5. “Perhaps the Vikings will support him after Sunday’s blown call.”
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    If what you support changes from 1 small instance happening to you then you never really believed in it and shouldnt voice your support for anything since you likely are very wishy washy 🤷‍♂️

  6. Why would the NFL ever do that? It makes to much sense. The NFL likes as much controversy as it can get.

  7. Well that is never going to happen because the NFL would lose control of the outcome of games and mess up their script

  8. If the end result is that you want every play called correctly why shouldn’t coaches get to challenge as many times as they want? They should make that the rule and if the coaches get 2 wrong they are done challenging for the game. If they continue to challenge and get it right they can continue to challenge as many time as they want.

  9. he’s right and he also thinks the overtime rules are bogus. football should be play the same way in overtime – play an extra overtime like 10 minutes – play the entire ten minutes – whoever is ahead then wins if its tied its tied – in the playoffs if not decided in the first ten minute overtime you play another one

  10. What is the explanation as to why the challenge flag cannot be thrown under two minutes? It should be about always getting it right. Yesterday could’ve cost the Vikings the game which if it went the other way, that call would’ve been criticized. .

  11. This is what happens when you bring gambling into the game. They is always a way to tweak a game, this rule will never change.

  12. Dumb exception to the coaches challenge. Makes you wonder why this rule was made to begin with? I think the reasoning may have been to prevent a call challenge being missed by a coach at critical junction in game. So the NFL blows the call anyway. I predict a rule change(and my forecast for tonight is darkness).

  13. I was stunned they didn’t review the Davis non-catch in the MN/Buffalo game yesterday. The entire sideline was all over it – that alone should have been enough for the refs.

    There were bad calls all game, but that was such a crucial one. Obviously, I wanted the Bills to win, but if they did, it’s all anyone would be talking about today.

  14. he’s right and he also thinks the overtime rules are bogus. football should be play the same way in overtime – play an extra overtime like 10 minutes – play the entire ten minutes – whoever is ahead then wins if its tied its tied – in the playoffs if not decided in the first ten minute overtime you play another one
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    Bill is NOT in favor of extra period OT. He is for sudden death OT. He has said often that Defense is just as important as Offense, and if you can’t stop the other team from scoring you should lose.

  15. That is type way of fans of Belichick the garbage of making the fool look like a genius : Belichick mentioned it, like he is the only one who thinks so, which makes it like that Bills coach and other coaches never even think of it.

  16. It would not have helped the Vikings in this situation. They were out if timeouts because of an injury timeout not long before the Gabe Davis catch/non catch

  17. He’s said this for quite a while now. I’m surprised to hear nobody supported him. It does seem like they limit the last two minutes so the league can maintain control of the outcome in the most critical moments.

  18. That is type way of fans of Belichick the garbage of making the fool look like a genius : Belichick mentioned it, like he is the only one who thinks so, which makes it like that Bills coach and other coaches never even think of it.

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    Disliked by fans of Belichick the garbage who think Pats played only 2 playoff games during Brady era, who think only Belichick the garbage could shout down Peyton when every good defense before 2007 shut down Peyton.

  19. The man is correct. Often times, even when do e correctly, the plays that get reviewed don’t necessarily have as huge an impact on a games outcome as others, like PIs for an example. With a limit of the number of times in a game of course, coaches should have the option of reviewing any play.

  20. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    November 14, 2022 at 9:04 pm
    The GOAT dropping knowledge
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    The GOAT when he had Tom Brady. Now just a goat without him.

  21. Make it a ten yard penalty if the call is not overturned that way a timeout in pocket is not necessary.

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