During the NFL owners meeting, Belichick was upset that some owners did not want to pay for cameras on the sidelines and goal lines that could help when reviewing questionable scoring plays. He was so mad, that according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriot head coach used some foul language to make his point.
Adam Schefter's account of it:
“They were in a meeting the other day with Dean Blandino, the head of the officials, and Bill Belichick got up there, and in profane language, told the NFL: ‘We spend money to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil, we spend money to go overseas to London, but we can’t spend money to have four cameras in the end zone, four cameras to help determine the correct call in the end zone on certain plays?’
He went off, and the way it was explained to me, from people in the room at the time, they were laughing at it because his language was so profane and because he was so incensed about it, and the NFL didn’t know how to handle it. But the bottom line is, they did not introduce the four cameras in the end zone, they thought right now it’s too cost-prohibitive for the NFL even, and they don’t know how to do it. They’ll probably continue to look at this, but Bill Belichick left these owners’ meetings not particularly happy."
We may find it silly that Belichick is going off on a rant about cameras. But for as crazy as it may sound, when it comes to cameras and Bill Belichick, I agree with his profanity-filled rant about these sideline/end zone cameras.
The National Football League is a non-profit that generate billions of dollars in revenue each year. The owners are made up of multimillionaires and billionaires who, at times, will cry poor and beg taxpayers in their cities to pay the majority of the cost for a new stadium. They have also kept Roger Goodell in his position as Commissioner despite a terrible year of one case of incompetence after another. It's all a part of a league that has made itself a year-round commodity in America by moving the Combine up to February 17th and moving the NFL Draft back to the last day of April going into May. The regular season and playoffs may expand in the future, too.
With all that money the NFL makes, why would a few cameras on the sideline and goal lines to help with video reviews be seen as a financial inconvenience by some of these owners?
Belichick's comments about the NFL wanting to move the Pro Bowl to a different country and the increased number of games being played in London just display how hypocritical the league can be. The NFL will make money off of those games in London, and perhaps the inevitable Super Bowl across the pond (let's hope it doesn't happen). If they spend money on cameras and do not break even or make a profit off of it, it is viewed as a waste money in their minds.
That request by Bill Belichick is like a citizen going to a city council meeting, proposing that a stop sign be put at a busy three or four-way intersection and the council rejecting it because it's too "cost-prohibitive" for them. If Jeremy Jamm was on that council, it would be tabled for eternity unless Sweetums was funding it.
Many think the New England head coach acts too much like a robot. Hardly showing any emotion when we see him on the sideline or at the podium during a press conference. Well, robots cannot show emotion, and Belichick's rant at the owners meeting might prove that he's human after all. More importantly, he's right in this case.