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Bill Belichick on non-call: “Talk to the league office”

Bill Belichick may have been frustrated Monday, but he wasn’t saying as much. (Grant Halvorsen / Getty Images)

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick wasn’t saying much after the team’s 24-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on a controversial non-call Monday night.

“I don’t really have any comment about today the officiating or any of those calls,” Belichick told reporters Tuesday morning (via Pro Football Talk). “If you have any questions on that, you can talk to the league office, the officiating department, let them give their explanation on them. It’s not really our job to call the games, it’s to play it and coach it. There are calls they make, and those are the ones we live with. We can’t let that affect what we’re doing.”

Not would Belichick address whether the ball was uncatchable, as referee Clete Blakeman said. “That’s what I just said, I don’t really have any other comment on that,” Belichick said. “Whatever the officials think is the only thing that matters. It doesn’t matter what any of us think. They’re the ones who make the calls, so it’s their explanation, their judgment that we all have to abide by.”

The loss dropped the Patriots to 7-3 ahead of Sunday night’s big game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

“We’ve got to turn the page here quickly and turn to Denver,” Belichick said. “Move on to Denver, have another good week of preparation, get ready to go next week.”

The last time Belichick had a go-round with a referee, it cost him $50,000. He grabbed a replacement referee by the arm as a game ended in September 2012.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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