Belichick didn’t mean to bump refAll Bill Belichick wanted was an explanation. He’ll probably end up with a fine. Wrapped up in an intense game with fellow AFC power Baltimore, the coach of the New England Patriots grabbed the arm of a replacement official after the Ravens won 31-30 on a last-play field goal Sunday night. Belichick had an angry look, but didn’t pursue him.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — All Bill Belichick wanted was an explanation. He’ll probably end up with a fine.
Wrapped up in an intense game with fellow AFC power Baltimore, the coach of the New England Patriots grabbed the arm of a replacement official after the Ravens won 31-30 on a last-play field goal Sunday night.
Belichick had an angry look, but didn’t pursue him.
He was much calmer on Monday.
“When the game was over I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review,” he said. “I did try to get the official’s attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn’t able to do that.”
The usually laconic Belichick discussed at length the incident that followed Justin Tucker’s 27-yard field goal, which capped Baltimore’s comeback from a 30-21 deficit in the fourth quarter and dropped the Patriots (1-2) to their first sub-.500 record in nine years.
“I’ve coached in this league a long time and never been penalized, never had any incidents with officials or anything like that,” he said. “I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do. I was just trying to get an explanation for, obviously, an important call.
“That’s the No. 1 thing between coaches and officials. It’s always at the forefront. It’s just communication of what’s going on, what’s happening.”
Jets’ Revis done for season
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The NFL’s top shutdown cornerback will likely be shut down for the season.
Darrelle Revis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will require surgery, a huge blow for the New York Jets that leaves coach Rex Ryan without his best defensive player.
A somber Ryan stopped short of ruling Revis out for the season on Monday, saying he just learned of the MRI results. But Revis will have to wait two or three weeks before surgery, Ryan said, and the recovery from an ACL tear is usually six-to-nine months.
So the chances of Revis returning this season appear extremely slim.
“It’s just disappointing,” Ryan said. “This guy wants to win. As great a player as he is individually, he’s a great teammate and just wants to win. That’s why he was so excited about this year.”
The 27-year-old Revis was injured in the third quarter of the Jets’ 23-20 overtime victory at Miami on Sunday, falling awkwardly and grabbing his knee even before he hit the grass. It was a non-contact injury, and he covered his face with gloved hands in obvious pain. He was able to walk off the field, but was taken into the locker room on a golf cart.
“Thanks for all the support!” Revis wrote on his Twitter page on Monday night. “It’s just part of the game, I’m already on my way to recover!”