The decision to make contact with the referee will likely lead to a fine and possible suspension for Belichick, but there's nothing wrong with asking for clarification. Unfortunately for the anti-social model of stoicism, Belichick's problem wasn't that he wanted an explanation -- it's that he felt he deserved one; that it was owed to him.
Coach Belichick has been overanalyzed, misunderstood, and underappreciated his entire NFL head coaching career. The son of Steve Belichick, Bill was watching and breaking down football film with his dad since he was in elementary school. Steve, who spent a significant part of his career as a football scout, literally wrote the book on football scouting methods.
Few doubt the football knowledge and situational genius of Bill Belichick. But for every strategic on-field advantage orchestrated by the coach there is an unappreciative too-good-for-this press conference moment. And for each perfectly structured personnel grouping to build a dynasty there has been a Spygate scandal.
The NFL is America's most popular sport which thrives on support of fans fueled by connections to personalities within the game. If it was up to Bill Belichick, professional football would be played in a dark basement away from cameras and lights. It would be fought on a sheet of paper or a board atop a table with pawns, void of emotions.
To him, football is a game meant for great minds -- the best of which excel at the strategy involved in structuring a team. Spectators only get in the way.
The problem with Bill Belichick is that he's smarter than the rest of us when it comes to football. There's no way we could know what he knows about the game and we're an insult to his intelligence.
But the biggest issue with the coach is that his game is our NFL. Bill Belichick wants to have his cake and eat it too, but if he continues to show disgust towards the media and entitlement with officials he'll continue to find himself with a plate full of something worse.
The problem with Bill Belichick is that he's due for a serving of crow. Perhaps the bitter taste of a Ravens defeat will suffice.
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Justin Mikels is a staff writer for Operation Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @long_snapper