Belichick mum on officials

September, 24, 2012
A total of 24 penalties were accepted in the Patriots' Week 3 loss to the Ravens, 10 of which were committed by New England. A handful of those calls appeared to be questionable, and frustration emanated from both sidelines in response to the on-field officiating.

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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesBill Belichick invited reporters to draw their own conclusions about the officiating in Sunday night's game.
At the conclusion of the game, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grabbed an official as he was leaving the field, in what looked like an attempt to speak with him. The official never broke stride, ignoring Belichick's grasp and continuing off the field.

After the game, Belichick was visibly frustrated, but deferred comments on the officiating.

"I'm not going to comment about that," he said. "You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in the game?"

He was asked if the officiating made it difficult to establish a rhythm within the game.

"It's our job just to go out there and control what we can control," he said, and then later added. "You'll have to talk to the officials about the way they called the game, talk to the league about it, I don't know."

Belichick says he does not believe he will be fined for grabbing the official after the game.

When asked about the officiating, quarterback Tom Brady remarked, "I don't have any control over that. I just try to do my job."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.



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