Bill Belichick led the New England Patriots to yet another impressive win on Sunday, overseeing his team's 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions. But, as is often the case with the veteran head coach, the win didn't pass without controversy.
Tough task master
Belichick made headlines during the game with his decision to keep Week 11 hero Jonas Gray on the sidelines for the entirety of the contest as punishment for the player turning up late to practice on Friday.
And he showed his ruthless side once again in the final few minutes of action, opting to go a further touchdown with two minutes on the clock rather than have his team take a knee and secure an already comfortable win.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola took exception to Belichick's apparent lack of respect and, in the final play of the game, opted for a cheap cut tackle at the line of scrimmage - diving at the knees of Patriots defensive end Zach Moore. A move that didn't go down with Patriots players at the time, and a move that the NFL are currently reviewing.
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And now Belichick, speaking to the media on Monday morning, has offered his own cheap shot in reply.
A classic response from the understated, but often volatile Bill Belichick. The three-time Super Bowl winner is a stickler for the facts and he had clearly done his research to know that the Lions (and Raiola) have failed to beat the Patriots since 2001, the year Detroit drafter the center.
Patriots on form
The New England Patriots never looked like giving Raiola and the Lions victory this past Sunday, restricting their then 7-3 opponents to just three field goals whilst Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns.
After a tough start to the season Bill Belichick has now led the franchise to seven straight wins and they are beginning to look like serious Super Bowl contenders as we wind closer to the playoffs.
And judging by Belichick's sniped response regarding Raiola, and his original decision to go for a TD during the game, it will take a very good sign to known he and his team off their stride from here on out.