FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick, the league’s longest-tenured head coach, repeated his stance Monday that coaches ought to be allowed to problem performs beneath two minutes.
Belichick did so after being requested a couple of key play within the Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling 33-30 extra time victory over the Buffalo Bills, during which Buffalo receiver Gabe Davis’ 20-yard catch with 17 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter wasn’t reviewed by officers.
NFL senior vice chairman of officiating Walt Anderson later stated the play — which was essential in organising a tying subject aim to ship the sport into extra time — should have been reviewed and ruled incomplete.
The NFL does not permit coaches to problem performs within the closing two minutes earlier than halftime or the top of regulation, partially so they don’t seem to be allowed to govern challenges strategically to cease the clock.
“Provided the team has a challenge, they should have the opportunity to challenge really any play. I’m on record on that,” Belichick stated in his Monday videoconference.
In a Monday interview on sports activities radio WEEI, Belichick added: “There have been other examples of that, plays that have occurred in situations where teams couldn’t challenge because the rules prohibited [it].
“I get ahead progress, and issues like that, you can’t problem. I’m not speaking about that. I’m saying not being able to problem a play that would influence the result of the sport — even calls like holding and cross interference and issues like that — I do not see why these performs cannot be reviewed [by a coach’s challenge].”
Belichick is in his 48th season coaching in the NFL, his 28th as a head coach, making him one of the more influential voices on league matters.
First-year Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell, who was drafted by Belichick in 2008 as a quarterback, said of Davis’ reception Sunday: “It was proper in entrance of me. I did not assume that was a catch. In that mode, that must be one thing that both is from up prime [in the press box with the replay official], or presumably New York [at the replay center]. We did not get any clarification on that. I did ask.”
As for Belichick, whose team was off over the weekend, he often prefers to keep his comments on NFL rules private among coaches at the league’s annual meeting.
After sharing his thoughts on the Davis play Monday, he added: “The guidelines are the principles. The competitors committee and the league votes on these guidelines. Whatever they’re, that is what they’re.”