Viewers who stuck it out to the fourth quarter of Monday night’s dreadful game between the Patriots and Jets saw something unusual: Patriots coach Bill Belichick smiling on the sideline.
Well, it was more of a devious grin, but it still made the ESPN announcers chuckle.
The moment came during a sequence when New England was punting from the Jets’ 33-yard line. The Patriots were ahead 33-0 at the time (and that would end up being the final score).
The Patriots took a delay of game penalty but Jets coach Adam Gase declined it for some reason, so that started the clock. With the clock running down, New England intentionally took a false start penalty, which the Jets again declined. That again started the clock.
When New England finally punted, more than a minute had run off the clock from the previous play.
Here is the sequence:
After the game, Belichick told reporters he knew he was exposing a loophole to waste some time.
“It was just the way the rules are set up,” he said. “We were able to run quite a bit of time off the clock without really having to do anything, so that’s probably a rule loophole that will be closed and probably should be closed, but right now it’s open.”