Bill Belichick takes subtle shot at Dominic Raiola
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On the final play of the Patriots 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions yesterday, Lions center Dominic Raiola tried to make a cut block on Patriots defensive end Zach Moore. Raiola targeted Moore's knees, which prompted some post-game shots at Raiola on the part of the Patriots.
While Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis were more direct with what they had to say, head coach Bill Belichick took a more humorous, but subtle approach.
Bill Belichick on conference call: "I'm sure there was a lot of frustration there from Raiola ... has never beat us."
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 24, 2014
Raiola is one of the longest-tenured Lions players ever, having been with the team since 2001. The Patriots and Lions have squared off four times since Raiola has been in the league and has never beaten New England, as already mentioned.
Raiola's rationale was that he was upset that the Patriots scored a touchdown in garbage time, and was just making a "football play." But in an era where player safety is such a hot topic, that is in no way a football play. That final play wasn't even the first time Raiola tried to make his presence felt.