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Belichick on Monday night’s controversial call: ‘Talk to the league office’

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

There are few things in sports as awkward and uncomfortable as a Bill Belichick postgame news conference. In victory, he's trite, non-specific and boring. After a loss, he can be grumpy, short and demeaning.

The latter is what we experienced Monday night, with some painful gaps of silence between questions, but yet also the same question asked four times about the flag that was picked up after Rob Gronkowski was bear-hugged in the end zone. It's a good watch — take a look.

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So sometimes, in the pursuit of truth and justice, we must wait until the following day to get proper answers on stuff. You know, once he's "seen the tape."

On Tuesday, though, Belichick offered little new perspective on his thoughts of Monday's controversial ending. The New England Patriots head coach spoke with media on a conference call and right off the bat, he stunted any attempt by anyone to get anything incendiary out of him the day after.

“I don’t really have any comment about today the officiating or any of those calls,” Belichick said. “If you have any questions on that, you can talk to the league office, the officiating department, let them give their explanation on them. It’s not really our job to call the games, it’s to play it and coach it. There are calls they make, and those are the ones we live with. We can’t let that affect what we’re doing.”

Ok, Bill, got it ... talk to the league office. But in the meanwhile, did referee Clete Blakeman's explanation of why they picked up the flag do anything to change your—

“That’s what I just said, I don’t really have any other comment on that,” Belichick said. “Whatever the officials think is the only thing that matters. It doesn’t matter what any of us think. They’re the ones who make the calls, so it’s their explanation, their judgment that we all have to abide by.”

Ah. So there you have it. For all we know, Belichick agreed with the call. After all, he kind of did agree with the field-goal controversy against the New York Jets earlier in the season. But the non-call against the Carolina Panthers? It shall go down shrouded in mystery. Or something.

No word yet from the "league office" on this one. And it appears we might not get one ... not exactly, anyway.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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