Bill Belichick hasn’t stopped complaining about Patriots rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that helped the New York Jets defeat the New England Patriots last Sunday. He has accused the Jets of doing the same thing, and seems to be really bitter about it.
“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don’t even know about all that (The Jets alerting the officials to look out for the Patriots pushing).”
Well Bill Belichick, it’s time to move on and get over it because your whole career was launched due to the questionable tuck rule which has since been revoked.
Let me remind you Bill, it was the 2001 AFC Divisional playoff game between the Patriots and the Raiders with Oakland leading 13-10. There were under 2 minutes to play when Tom Brady was sacked by Charles Woodson. Brady lost the football, and Oakland linebacker Greg Biekert recovered it.
Since the play occurred in the final 2 minutes of the half, it was automatically reviewed by the officials. On the play, Brady lost the ball as he was tucking it back into his body after pump faking.
Here’s how the rule was spelled out:
“When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body.”
There’s a reason this rule has since been taken away because Brady’s arm was not going forward when he lost the ball, and the play should have been a fumble with the Raiders recovering.
The rule was the rule though, the Patriots kept the ball, went on to tie the game, and eventually won it in overtime. New England then went on to win 3 out of the next 4 Super Bowls building a dynasty in the process.
If it hadn’t been for a questionable rule that went in favor of the Patriots, who knows if Tom Brady ever wins a Super Bowl.
But god forbid a questionable rule goes AGAINST Bill Belichick and the Patriots, (in week 7 of the NFL season) because it’s not like New England ever benefited from a technicality rule.