New England Patriots Bill Belichick made national headlines earlier this week, when following up on his side’s hot 27-17 loss against Indianapolis Colts, wondered why dowries on a large scale TY Hilton Was not expelled properly to make contact with an official After a late match between Michael Bateman Jr. And Kyle Dogger.
However, upon further review of the film, it turns out that Belichick may have been a “crying wolf” creating much ado about relatively nothing (via footballzebras):
The NFL declined to comment on TY Hilton’s refusal. However, the official source shared the unrestricted video reviewed by the Replay Center. Looks like Tra Blake’s referee’s feet got tangled up in the pile and may have grabbed Hilton’s arm when he fell backwards https://t.co/qStFAg4ehl pic.twitter.com/vgNm59Kya1
– Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs (footballzebras) December 21, 2021
He would have probably been pivotal without a call because with Bateman already shockingly fired, the Colts would have been without two of their top three broads – if Hilton had been fired as well.
Even without the official stumble and grab of Hilton’s arm to help cement his fall, one must consider the spirit of this intended base as well. It is designed so that players do not make physical contact with officials (most likely as an attempt to deter threatening or bullying behavior towards officials on the field by players).
However, Hilton is not aware of the official’s presence before him, as he is only trying to clean up the pile to help his teammate Bateman Jr., who is trapped at the bottom of it.
It’s also somewhat ironic that of all the NFL coaches who suddenly “stick” to the rules here, it’s Belichick.
The same coach who found himself firmly in the captain’s chair due to past controversies over NFL rules such as Spy-Gate and Deflate-Gate, whose teams thwarted defensive pass interference and illegal contact rules – eventually forcing the league to implement/enforce tougher defensive Coverage penalties out of necessity.
The same coach who tried to stumble once Marvin Harrison Along the sideline in 2004 the match between the Patriots and the Molots is now all about applying proper rules– Pretty sure this would be a form of “unlawful contact” too according to the NFL rulebook:
Don’t get me wrong, Bill Belichick is one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time, but he looks bad when he wants to apply “rhetoric of the law” here, when he’s trying to escape, stoop or blackout. Many times in the past – for the benefit of his team.
He can’t just pick and choose depending on whether it helps his self-interests.