There is no question that the New England Patriots' one-point loss to the Ravens on Sunday night was the kind of defeat that will make a coach tear his hair out and -- in this case -- make an angry run at one of the officials afterward.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a right to be mad at the way the game was officiated and he should be furiously writing a report for the NFL central office this morning. What he shouldn’t do, however, is show the world during his nationally televised news conference afterward that he’s a petulant child who can’t function like a normal human being when things don’t go his way.
He acted like a petulant child during the relatively soft questioning he received during the press briefing.
To be sure, the NFL is a high-octane environment where every loss is huge and it’s hard to dial down the adrenalin so soon after the game. But, somehow, the other coaches who lose every week usually get through it without acting like toddlers, and none of them has a drawer full of Super Bowl rings.
If I were to guess, I’d say that Commissioner Roger Goodell will not discipline Belichick for grabbing that ref after the game because he won’t want to draw any more attention to another erratic performance by the replacement officials. The NFL will tiptoe around him like everybody else does, because he’s one of the best football coaches in history and because New England is one of the most popular and successful franchises in the league