June 19, 2024


“I feel you’ll be able to see that by the kicks. Each kickers missed kicks.”

Invoice Belichick was conscious within the first quarter of the Patriots’ loss to the Chiefs that one thing was off with the kicking footballs. (AP Picture/Greg M. Cooper)

Invoice Belichick and the Patriots had been in a position to inform one thing was off with the kicking balls of their Week 15 loss to the Chiefs.

The Patriots coach stated they had been “conscious” that the kicking balls for Sunday’s sport had been underinflated by a number of kilos within the first quarter, confirming MassLive’s Mark Daniels’s report. He pointed to a number of the oddities in kicks made by Patriots rookie Chad Ryland and Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, with every lacking discipline targets within the first quarter, as causes to consider one thing was off.

“Nicely, the officers deal with that and so they had been underinflated by 2-2.5 kilos,” Belichick advised reporters when requested if he obtained a proof from officers over what occurred. “I feel you’ll be able to see that by the kicks. Each kickers missed kicks. Butker hadn’t missed a kick all yr. Kickoffs, we had two virtually went out of bounds.

“So, there have been six balls, it was each units of balls, it was all six of them. I don’t know, you’d have to speak to the league on what occurred with that. We don’t have something to do with that a part of it. They management all that. Then they mounted them at halftime, however didn’t do it earlier than then, which is one other query you’ll be able to ask. However we don’t have something to do with it. Had been we conscious of it? Yeah, undoubtedly. However, as I perceive it, they had been all the identical.”

It’s unclear why the balls had been underinflated to the extent they had been on Sunday, however the NFL rulebook states that kicking balls have to be inflated to 13.5 PSI. In Daniels’s report, the Patriots’ sideline reportedly famous how one of many kicking balls felt a lot softer than regular following a rating.

After all, Sunday’s sport isn’t the primary time the Patriots have been concerned in a sport with underinflated footballs. The onset of Deflategate occurred almost 10 years in the past following the Patriots’ win over the Colts within the 2014 AFC Championship Sport, resulting in investigations, federal courtroom dates, fines, suspensions, and the lack of draft picks over the following 18 months.

Belichick was requested if he thought it was “kind of wild” one other underinflated soccer scenario might happen after what occurred with Deflategate.

“Once more, the issues which might be out of our management, I don’t know what the reason is,” Belichick stated. “However, it was the identical for each groups. So, no matter meaning. I imply, Butker had an ideal season going.”

The NFL has but to touch upon the matter.