Monday October 21, 2013 | 04:46 PM

Rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones stood  before the media after Sunday's overtime loss to the New York Jets and accepted blame for the 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty he was assessed that led to Nick Folk's winning field goal.

But in his Monday conference call, head coach Bill Belichick said it wasn't Jones' fault.

Jones was penalized for pushing a teammate as Folk attempted -- and missed -- a long field goal. The 15 yards moved Folk closer and he didn't miss a second time.

On Monday, Belichick said the Patriots staff was wrong in its interpretation of the rule.

"The field goal play at the end, I think Chris is obviously trying to do the right thing by stepping up and taking responsibility but that's not his responsibilty, it's ours,'' said Belichick, at the end of his opening statement. "We just have to do a better job of coaching that. It's not his fault, that's on me, the coaching staff. We just have to do a better job there.''

Asked how he misinterpreted the rule, Belichick said, "Because obviously we are wrong.What else is there to say? We're wrong.''

He was then asked if the officials did a good job of explaining the rule, which is in its first year and had not been called in a game yet.

Belichick replied, "Look it's our job to understand the rules. Whatever the bottom line is, we didn't do it properly. So, what else is there to say?''

About this Blog

Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.

He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.

Previous entries

March 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.