The NFL fined the coach for making contact with a referee after the Patriots’ loss Sunday night to the Ravens in Baltimore.
In case you’re wondering about the sliding scale of fines for coaches, Denver Broncos Coach John Fox was fined $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for their first-half antics in the Sept. 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was fined $25,000 for pursuing an official after the team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
While the $50,000 fine is steep, it’s considerably less than Belichick had to fork for Spygate. He was dinged $500,000 for that.
“I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do,” Belichick said Monday. ”I’m trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call, play, in that game. That’s the number one thing between coaches and officials. It’s always at the forefront. It’s just communication of what’s going on, of what’s happening.”
Two days before Belichick’s grab-hands move, the NFL had sent teams a memo warning coaches about their on-field conduct toward the much-maligned replacement referees.