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FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick placed the blame for Sunday’s controversial overtime penalty in a loss to the Jets squarely on himself Monday morning, admitting it was his fault and the fault of the coaching staff that Patriots players were unclear on the pushing rule, which was instituted this season.
“It’s our job to understand the rules. Whatever the bottom line is, we didn’t do it properly,” Belichick said.
The Patriots coach even used a phrase he doesn’t utter often: “We are wrong.”
Patriots rookie defensive lineman Chris Jones was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for violating Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3, during Nick Folk’s 56-yard field goal try: “players cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation.”