Lately, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have become the scapegoat for many of the problems that exist in the NFL, and the recent Tripgate controversy is no different.
When Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi admittedly tripped Dolphins defensive back Nolan Carroll, the team immediately sprung into action with a suspension and a $25,000 fine. However, special teams coach Mike Westhoff said Alosi’s actions did not fall far from similar actions by Belichick and the Patriots.
Boston sports radio and TV personality Mike Felger recalled a specific moment in recent history when Belichick attempted to interfere with the opposing team. Granted, it was not as flagrant as Alosi’s trip, and it wasn’t all that effective, either.
During a playoff game in 2004, Belichick tried to block Colts receiver Marvin Harrison — whose momentum had carried him into the Patriots’ sideline — from returning to the field. By the looks of the video, Belichick was trying to keep Harrison off the field for as long as he could, but his efforts were fairly unsuccessful.
Does this move by Belichick compare to that of Alosi? It doesn’t seem so, as Alosi tripped a player in full sprint down the sideline, while Belichick stepped in the path of a player who was jogging back to the field. It’s clearly interference, however, even though the referee ran by without so much as a whistle.
What do you think of Belichick’s move?