Belichick on Gilmore penalties: 'Only matters what the guy who has the flags thinks'

Belichick on Gilmore penalties: 'Only matters what the guy who has the flags thinks'

The Patriots were docked 55 yards thanks to seven penalties during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, 33-30. But it wasn't necessarily the sum of the yards they gave up that hurt them, it was the timing. 


Three plays in particular stick out:

1) Stephon Gilmore's first hands-to-the-face penalty came on a third-and-eight play in the third quarter, giving Carolina an automatic first down and extending the drive that eventually ended in a 16-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess.

2) Gilmore's second hands-to-the-face penalty, which nullified a third-down sack by Deatrich Wise that would have ended Carolina's game-winning drive before it even approached midfield.

3) On the same drive, moments later, Patrick Chung was called for defensive holding, getting the Panthers to the Patriots 34-yard line and allowing Cam Newton to plow into the line twice to set up Graham Gano's winning kick. 

When Bill Belichick was asked during a conference call on Monday if Gilmore needs to be cleaner with his technique at the line of scrimmage, he spoke in more general terms.

"We need fewer penalties, period," Belichick said. "We had too many of them all throughout the game in multiple areas. It doesn't really matter what we think. It only matters what the guy who has the flags thinks. We have to do a better job of coaching and playing in a way we don't get penalized."

If Belichick didn't agree with the hands-to-the-face calls, he wouldn't be the only one with questions for Jerome Boger's crew after the game. Tom Brady told WEEI on Monday morning that he felt the officials were a little flag-happy

For the season, the Patriots have been penalized 27 times -- not including one declined penalty and one offsetting -- which places them near the top-third of the league in terms of staying out of trouble. Only 11 teams have had fewer penalties called. In terms of penalty yardage, however, the Patriots are closer to the bottom of the league. They've given up 245 penalty yards in four games, tied for 20th. 

QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Jerod Mayo breaks down the best way for Patriots to attack Jaguars defense


QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Jerod Mayo breaks down the best way for Patriots to attack Jaguars defense

Jerod Mayo talks with Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry about the Patriots AFC Championship matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

(2:00) Jerod Mayo gives his X’s and O’s breakdown of the Jaguars defensive schemes and traits.

(5:00) Jerod gives his opinion on how the Patriots offense should attack the Jaguars defense.

(8:30) Could Gronkowski be the key to the Patriots offense? What would be the best way to use him?

(15:00) Does the Jaguars defense have a weakness against vertical routes?

(17:00) Jerod Mayo explains why James White could be a key once again for the Patriots. 

(21:00) Will Jaguars change their defensive scheme after allowing 42 to the Steeler?

(23:00) Will much will the Jaguars having the ‘nothing to lose’ mindset impact the game?

Jaguars have Ramsey's back


Jaguars have Ramsey's back

Enough has been made of Jalen Ramsey’s bold proclamation that the Jaguars are going to win the Super Bowl despite the fact that they’re aren’t even on that stage yet.

I know it’s not how the Patriots do business but other teams do. Does it generally work? Well, no one can match the Pats sustainability but that doesn’t mean that style can’t be effective in shorter windows.

Look at the Seahawks or Ravens. Even the Giants could be boisterous. That leads me back to the Jags, who have Ramsey’s back.

“We’re so close that I think it’s OK to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this,’’’ said defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

“The man has confidence in his team,” added Abry Jones, also a defensive tackle. “What’s he going to say? He knows what we’re going up there to do. It’s not like he’s saying anything that’s not true.”

“He does things very passionately,” Calais Campbell told the Rich Eisen show. “You feed off that. When you see a guy who loves the game as much as he does, you can’t help but fall into the same mentality.”

That is what makes Ramsey different from say Mike Mitchell, the Steelers safety who ran his mouth weeks ago about beating the Patriots in the AFC title game and then stood outside the Jags locker room and yapped about what a long day the visitors were in forSunday. How’s that working out for Mitchell now? He’s at home while Ramsey is about to play in his biggest game as a pro.

“He’s going to talk, but he’s going to show up,” Yannick Ngakoue said. “I just don’t like people talking all week. You talk reckless, man, and you lose. It is what it is.”

That is not an indicator to the Jags that Ramsey is looking ahead.

“He’s just happy,” noted Ngakoue. “He understands we have a giant in front of us and he’s got to pay all of his attention to this team. We don’t even know who’s going to play in the Super Bowl…We understand we have to do what we have to do or we’ll be watching the Super Bowl at home like everybody else.”

Of course, Ngakoue, the gifted edge rusher on that fearsome front 4, had some pointed words to the Steelers after that 45-42 win Sunday saying “real people don’t say nothing. Real people are quiet but then throw the first punch…they thought they were bullies today. We were the bullies. See you next year.”

That’s not Ramsey’s modus operandi however. He got under A.J. Green’s skin so much that the normally peaceful Bengals wideout threw punches at the Jags corner during the game and reportedly wanted more after the game. Then - and now - Jacksonville seems okay with it so long as the All-Pro corner continues to deliver the goods.

“Everybody has their own persona,” said Leonard Fournette. “Whatever motivates them. We aren’t worried about two weeks ahead of us. We aren’t worried about the Super Bowl. It’s the next game. It’s Sunday in New England.”