Re: BB just announced it was his fault
posted at 10/21/2013 1:18 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
Here come all of the people who have been having a heart attack since yesterday to tell us that Belichick is being a good coach and/or GM and admitting fault when he knows it wasn't his fault.
Pats fan: He didn't push anyone!
Player: I pushed him.
Pats fan: The rule says THIS.
Rule book: No I don't.
No matter how anyone wants to spin it, this is what we know as fact:
1. The rule says you can't do that.
2. The player did that.
3. The player said he did that.
4. The coach said it was his error.
There is only a few nonobjective irrational fans falling into that category on the boards today.
Most are simply pissed about the excuse the other side is giving.
The idea of hanging your hat on "well that is the way the rule is exactly written, and rules are called to the letter of the rule blah blah", is the bigger problem in most peoples minds.
FACT: BB fell on the sword today to be done with it and move forward. Remove the distraction and lay it to rest.
FACT: BB said that is how they have coached it and how they have been running it. ** apparently incorrectly **
So if BB is saying it was coached that way and they have been doing it that way, and rules are called to the letter of the rule, why exactly has it not been called previously against the Patriots? Who knows about the rest of the league and every other game that has been played this season.
If rules should be called to the letter of the rule, there should be holding called on almost every single offensive play run from scrimmage, every game. In fact on the FG play where Jones got called for unsportsmanlike, one of the Jets blockers had his arm outstretched and around one of the defenders heads trying to block him. If they called holding, for example, to the letter of the rule, the games would seemingly never finish because of all the penalties. There are countless other examples.
There is always spirit of the rule associated with rules in the NFL.
People just want consistency from refs with regards to rules. We simply do not want them to interject themselves into the outcome of games unnecessarily.