Belichick Talks 2 Penalties That Lead to Viral Smileby Sam Gordon October 22, 2019 14 comments
It is very rare that one sees New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smile barring winning a championship game.
However in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s blowout against his former team, Belichick let out a grin that has taken the internet by storm.
The six-time Super Bowl winning head coach sent out his punting unit and allowed the play clock to tick down to zero causing a delay of game. The New York Jets declined the penalty.
Belichick then seemingly called for a purposeful false start after the play clock ticked down to almost nothing.
The Jets declined this penalty as well but not before the Patriots were able to take a good chunk of time off the clock and exploit a loophole in the NFL rulebook.
“It was just the way the rules were set up, Belichick told reporters at his postgame press conference. “We were able to run quite a bit of time off the clock without really having to do anything.”
Belichick can’t hide the smile!! 😆 pic.twitter.com/3aVdaKWVuD
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 22, 2019
Belichick closed with saying that this little trick to consume clock should and probably will be banned from usage.
“It’s probably a loophole that will be closed,” Belichick said. “It probably should be closed but right now it’s open.”