In a move that many fans and media labled classless and just plain rude, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick defended himself in a conference call Tuesday as to why he left the field early on Sunday. It was after that fourth down play that ended the Pats season and crowned the Giants champs that Belichick took off his headset, and then came onto the field with time remaning and then left the field quickly.
After a day of blacklash for doing it, it was now Belichick’s turn to tell the world what he was thinking after that last play and why he did what he did. “I wasn’t really sure of the time,” Belichick said. “Everybody started on to the field and then I got over there and I wanted to congratulate Tom. I’ve been in that situation before after the game. I wanted to get over there and congratulate him and congratulate him on the championship. There really wasn’t much left at that point.”
In the end, it will still be a move that will be discussed by fans, media and others that thought the move was a pretty tastless one considering his team was 18-0 and had a run unlike any other team really had in NFL history. Next time Bill loses a game, maybe he’ll think about it more before he sprints off the field with all of America watching.