Monday, March 10, 2014
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?''Tweet
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.
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