Bill Belichick Will Likely Be Fined but Not Suspended, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer ISeptember 25, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells at an official following an offensive interference penalty against the Patriots in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick touched an official, which was against the rules even before the league sent out a memo reminding teams to treat the replacement officials with respect.

With fines already handed down to Broncos head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, it's clear Belichick will be fined, but he could—technically—be suspended.

He won't be, according to a report from NFL Network.

He told reporters on Monday, per The Boston Globe:

'I've coached in this league a long time and I've never been penalized, never had any incidents with officials or anything like that, I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do. I was trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call, play in that game and that's the No. 1 thing between coaches and officials that's always in the forefront is communication of what's going on, what's happening.'

And boy, if you thought Sunday night was bad, I hope everyone caught what went down on Monday Night Football between the Packers and Seahawks.

Packers lineman T.J. Lang teed off on the officials with some profanity-laden tweets, which followed similar tweets from Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes from Sunday night.

So, it's safe to say, Belichick is far from the only one frustrated with the officiating. With a situation like this, though, wasn't it only a matter of time before close games were decided by the inexperienced officials?

It's a shame that two good games in a row have been heavily influenced by officiating, but perhaps getting this problem into the national spotlight is just what we need to accelerate negotiations between the NFL and NFLRA.

Here are some more links around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Mike Dussault of says the Patriots defense has to be able to close out tight games.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says the replacement refs are "doing their best."


New York Jets

Steve Politi of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger writes that it's up to Jets head coach Rex Ryan to make it work without Darrelle Revis.

Rob Celletti of breaks down Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's performance against the Dolphins.


Buffalo Bills

Brad Andrews of BuffaLowDown writes that the Bills offensive line is performing well to this point in the season.

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Bills running back C.J. Spiller won't rule out playing against the Patriots.


Miami Dolphins

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins' schedule, which once looked manageable, is now beginning to look more difficult as weeks go by.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post gives a snap summary for the Dolphins in their Week 3 loss to the Jets.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.