What Bill Belichick said about officials day after loss to Chiefs

Ryan Hannable
December 09, 2019 - 12:45 pm

The officiating was the biggest story in the Patriots' 23-16 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, as Jerome Boger's crew had several missed calls that went against the Patriots.

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Earlier in the day on The Greg Hill Show, Tom Brady's message was not to use them as an excuse, and later in the morning on a conference call, Bill Belichick's message was to ask the league about them, not him.

Belichick was asked if he had spoken to the league and Al Riveron about why things were called the way they were.

"I know those conversations that I have with the league are – I would treat those as private conversations," he said. "You talked to the officials after the game, or somebody did and asked them questions, so that’s your opportunity to do that and you should take advantage of it and see what they have to say if you have a question about it. I wouldn’t try to speak for somebody else, that’s not really – I don’t believe in that. If you have a question about something that they did or what their – if you have a question about it, I think you should ask them and I think somebody did or should have done that last night. (If) that’s that important to you, then go ahead and do it."

Belichick added: "I think your officiating questions really need to go to the officials. I’m trying to coach the team and do the best that I can to make our team as competitive as possible and win as many games as possible, so that’s really what I’m focused on. I think your other questions should be directed towards somebody else, frankly."

The Patriots had to use their last challenge to overturn a clear Travis Kelce fumble, which was blown dead preventing Stephon Gilmore from advancing the ball, and then a few plays later N'Keal Harry clearly scored a touchdown, but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the three-yard line. Since the Patriots were out of challenges and it wasn't ruled a touchdown, it could not be reviewed.

Certainly, the calls did not decide the final outcome of the game, but they did have some affect on what happened on the field.

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