New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has always been an advocate of goal-line cameras. As a result, the longtime Patriots head coach stood for the cause once again on Sunday after New England tight end Rob Gronkowski looked to cross the plane but wasn’t awarded a catch or score in a 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call on Monday, Belichick had plenty to say.
“Again, not that it made any difference on that play, but I’ll take this opportunity to say that I am all for trying to get these plays right, and I think that would have been a good example of where a goal-line camera or a pylon camera would have given a good opportunity,” Belichick said. “I think we saw in the Kansas City-Oakland game a couple weeks ago a great shot that the camera gave. In the end, it didn’t make any difference in the game (Sunday) night, but had that been the final play of the game or one of the final plays of the game in a close game, whichever side it was on, you just want it to be right. Whether he caught it or didn’t catch it, just make sure that we make the right call.
“It’s a tough call. The official who made the call was standing pretty close to me on the sideline. He was probably 30 yards away (from the play). It was a close play. I saw it the same way that he did. It was really close. So maybe the league can find a way to finance that process and get a good quality shot of some of those goal-line plays, like they had in the Oakland-Kansas City game.”
Gronkowski, meanwhile, told reporters that he was “100 percent sure” that he caught the pass.