Coming off the heels of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin whining like a little you-know-what that the Patriots were somehow indirectly responsible for the communication issues in the season opener, a totally PO'd Bill Belichick came out Monday morning and ranted not only about last night's events, but against the cheating allegations as a whole that are always pointed at his team.
Speaking on a conference call, Belichick used the latest claim of New England subterfuge from Tomlin and tied it into the pair of reports dropped by ESPN and Sports Illustrated earlier in the week to blast those out there attempting to discredit the accomplishments of his football teams from the past 15-years.
"I think overall it's kind of sad, really, to see some stories written that obviously have an agenda to them, with misinformation and anonymous type comments," said Belichick. "You know, writing about warm drinks and trash cans and stuff like that? I think it’s a sad commentary and I think it’s gone to a pretty low level. It’s sunk pretty deep."
"Our program is built on competition and trying to improve every day and trying to work hard. It’s not built on excuses."
Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal continued to set the scene:
The coach began a remark saying "this organization has won a lot of games (and) particularly in reference to the great teams from ’01, ’03, ’04, back in there, and all the great players that played on those teams," and then named a long line of former players including Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, Otis Smith, Mike Vrabel and Adam Vinatieri. He then tied up his answer by saying, "To take away from what those players accomplished, those teams accomplished, how good they were, how many great players we had, how well they played in big games, how consistently they showed up and made big plays and game-winning plays. It’s just not right."
As for the issues with the communication tech directly, Belichick said it's "pretty common," as a result of all the devices on the field and up in the press box being around each other and operating simultaneously. The NFL came out with a statement that the issues were likely weather-related, adding they will provide "a thorough review" of the situation.
Great, ANOTHER NFL investigation.
But before all of you turn apoplectic, the league also said the following:
In the first quarter of tonight’s game, the Pittsburgh coaches experienced interference in their headsets caused by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather. The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day. Once the power issue was addressed, the equipment functioned properly with no additional issues.
Doesn't exactly sound like Jim McNally 2.0 pulling the plug on Pittsburgh's sideline now does it?
So thanks, Mike Tomlin, for running to the podium postgame and firing off a few juicy quotes to the media when you know it'll set off another useless firestorm of controversy just because you're pissed off that your crappy defense couldn't figure out how to cover Rob Gronkowski.
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