New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, fresh off of his team's 25-6 victory against the Jets, spoke out in favor of the controversial taunting penalties the NFL has been emphasizing to start the 2021 season.
"In general, I don’t really think there’s a place for taunting in the game," Belichick said Monday morning in a radio interview on WEEI Boston. "I think that’s poor sportsmanship and it leads to other things. It leads to retaliation, and then where do you draw the line? I think the whole idea of the rule is to kind of nip it in the bud and not let it get started.
"I’m in favor of that. I think that we should go out there and compete and try to play good football and win the game on the field. I don’t think it’s about taunting and poor sportsmanship. That’s not really my idea of what good football is."
This season, the NFL competition committee has asked officials to flag any players who gesture towards their opponents after a play has been made as a point of emphasis.