Belichick feisty remembering Patriots 2015 loss in Miami: 'Sickening'


Belichick feisty remembering Patriots 2015 loss in Miami: 'Sickening'

FOXBORO -- If Bill Belichick felt as though he needed something this week to get his players focused on the Dolphins after an emotional win over in Arizona, he was given a gift in the form of the game film from Week 17 last season.

"I'd say the thing that's most etched in my mind and I'm sure our team is the last time we went down [to Miami]," Belichick said early in Wednesday's press conference. "That was a pretty rough day for us. Other than James White breaking a tackle, we barely had 100 of offense. Couldn't play defense. Couldn't really do anything."


The Patriots coach was feisty throughout the presser, continuously bringing up last year's performance on South Beach, when the Patriots lost 20-10 and lost out on their opportunity for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. 

Move on? Should be no problem to move on, Belichick insisted.

"Pretty easy," Belichick said. "All you have to do is turn on our game against Miami last year. Sickening. Doesn't take long at all. I don't know if you had a chance to see that or not. Wasn't very good. Bad coaching. Bad plan. Bad. Period."

What about Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill? How much has he improved in Belichick's eyes?

"Since he killed us last year? Pretty good," Belichick scoffed. "He's a good quarterback."

One thing the organization has done in order to limit the number of distractions as the team readies for its season-opener is remove the massive banner of Tom Brady on the Gillette Stadium light house. Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said that he wanted players to be focused on the task at hand, but given the opportunity to respond to the banner's removal, Belichick chose not to acknowledge it.

"Talking about Miami," Belichick said. "Preparing for Miami. I've been talking about Miami. I've been working on Miami. Don't do concerts. Don't do banners. Don't do parking. Don't do concessions. Just try to coach the team."

Martellus Bennett: NFL players just want to smoke weed and play video games

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Martellus Bennett: NFL players just want to smoke weed and play video games

Martelllus Bennett was released by the Patriots earlier this month after reappearing for a two-game cameo following his controversial exit from Green Bay last season.

As he ponders whether to play again, it's probably to safe to guess what he's been spending his time doing. It's what he says all NFL players want to do in the offseason. 

The outspoken tight end talked about the goals of every NFL player in an interview with Complex's "Out of Bounds". 

"You hand the guy a book and they're like...get that thing away from me!" Bennett said, laughing as he fumbled a book. "That thing is the devil. A book? That's the devil!"

Change to pass-interference rule is WAY overdue

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Change to pass-interference rule is WAY overdue

Yes, please, on the proposed adjustment to defensive pass interference. No, thank you on the revised catch rule.

And I know I'm going to have my dreams crushed on both counts.

Despite all the arm-flapping and breath wasted that "NOBODY KNOWS WHAT A CATCH IS ANYMORE!!!!", long-distance pass interference has been a bigger bugaboo for the league for a much longer time.

In 2017, there were 129 pass interference calls longer than 15 yards. The proposed rule change that will be debated at next week's NFL Annual Meeting will make pass interference a 15-yard penalty unless it's egregious and intentional. In those cases, it will continue to be a spot foul

So overdue. For too long offenses have been rewarded by officials on 50-50 balls where DBs and receivers engage in subtle handfighting. It's absolutely illogical to expect middle-aged officials in okay (or worse) shape to keep pace with Gronk-sized receivers and whippet-quick defenders, then make calls on plays 40 yards downfield.

If you're going to throw a flag that gives the offense 40 yards, there should be an extreme degree of certainty accompanies that flag. And too often, the officials are forced to make educated guesses. Next thing you know, Joe Flacco and Rex Grossman are in the Super Bowl.

It's probably the most difficult penalty to call in football, yet it carries the greatest punishment for a defense? What sense does that make? 

I actually think the NFL should go a step beyond and make pass interference reviewable. I'll even make this concession -- it's reviewable only for DPI that puts the ball inside the 10 and is longer than 15 yards. How's that?

"More reviews?!?!? We don't need more reviews?!?!?!"

Okay, but you'll accept them when a dimwit coach argues a spot on a three-yard run that may or may not mean a first down, but not on a play that hands the offense half the field? Come on. Forward thinking.

As for the contention corners are going to begin bludgeoning receivers once they realize they're being beaten deep -- BAM! -- that's where you get the aggravated pass interference (API . . . trademarked 2018) that can be dropped on their heads.

A DB that doesn't turn to face the ball and runs through a receiver? An arm bar all the way downfield preventing a receiver from getting his hands up? A way-too-early arrival? That's API and it's a spot foul. What are the possible negative consequences?

It will now spawn debate as to what's aggravated PI and just garden variety PI. And it asks officials to make another judgment call.

But the truth is, it already is -- in many cases -- a judgment call. And if I were an official reaching for my flag on a Hail Mary from the 43 at the end of the game where there was jostling, I'd sure as hell be happy that I have the option to call garden variety PI and put the ball at the 28 rather than put the ball at the 1.

It's a rule change that makes the game better. That way you don't have calls like this or this. This 55-yarder would be an API (defender hugs Crabtree).

Tellingly, there's no outcry about the need to reform pass interference NOW like there is about the catch rule. You know what needs to happen? A few more plays like this where the Patriots profit. Then you'll see a damn MOVEMENT!