Belichick defends McCourty's late-game tackle


Belichick defends McCourty's late-game tackle

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --A day after the Buffalo Bills 34-31 win over the Patriotson Sunday, New England coach Bill Belichick talked about what went wrong,re-iterating the fact that the Bills simply made more plays then they did.

They did a better job at executing some plays than we diddefending them, said Belichick in a press conference at Gillette Stadium onMonday. We made some plays. They made some. In the end, they made a few morethan we did. Weve just got to do a better job of coaching and playing.

Belichick said that there were still some positives to takeout of his teams first loss of the season, just as there were plenty of thingsto patch up after winning the first two.

Just because you win doesnt mean everythings right, saidBelichick. Just because you lose doesnt mean everythings wrong. You correctthe mistakes that you make, and you point out the things that are positive, andre-enforce those, and try to do them again or even maybe a little better thenext time. Thats what we do every week.

One aspect of Sundays game that Belichick refused tosecond-guess was cornerback Devin McCourtys tackle of Fred Jackson at the1-yard line, which was originally ruled a 39-yard touchdown reception in thefinal minutes of the game.

The play was overturned, and in essence, worked to theBills advantage, as they were able to run out the clock before kicking agame-winning field goal with no time left.

Devin McCourty made a good play of running him down,said Belichick. We just didnt play it well enough, obviously.

Belichick was asked again about the play, and whether or nothe would have liked to see Jacksons touchdown remain a touchdown. But still,the Patriots coach wasnt about to throw his second-year cornerback under thebus for making a big-time hustle play.

I think the way the play happened, that Devin McCourtydid what he instinctively would do, said Belichick. I wouldnt second-guesshim on that.

When asked if there are ever situations in which hed want ateam to score right away, so there would be more time on the clock, Belichickthen said, Yeah, of course.

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When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.