Belichick gets under Godfrey's skin

Updated: Oct29, 2007, 11:40 AM EDT

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Inflamed by the 52-7 whipping given to his team by the New England Patriots, Washington Redskin Randall Godfrey tore into Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after Sunday's game.

"I said something to (Belichick) after the game," Godfrey said to NBCSports.com. "I told him, 'You need to show some respect for the game.' You just don't do that. I don't care how bad it is. You're up 35 points and you're still throwing deep? That's no respect."

New England led 38-0 entering the fourth quarter on a drive into Washington territory.

The Patriots then picked up a first down with a 15-yard completion on third-and-9 and followed that two plays later with a 35-yard bomb down the left sidelines from Tom Brady to Randy Moss. When the Patriots faced fourth-and-1 from the Washington 7 soon after, Brady gained 2 yards on a quarterback sneak. He threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker three plays later.

New England added its final touchdown on a six-play, 45-yard drive led by backup quarterback Matt Cassel to make it 52-0.

Asked about the decision to go on fourth down, Belichick asked a reporter, "What did you want me to do, kick a field goal? We're just playing."

Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs took no offense saying, "I have no problem with anything they did. No problem with me."

Godfrey, who has played for six teams in his career was less forgiving.

"You look at all the great head coaches ... I'm just disappointed," he said. You gotta show some class, show some respect. Joe Gibbs? We wouldn't have done that. Bill Walsh? You wouldn't see those types of guys doing that stuff. I've never seen nothing like that. Most teams, you get up like that you sit on the ball and try to run the time out. They're up 30-some points and they're throwing deep. That was blatant disrespect. I hope we can see them again, definitely. You don't see Joe Gibbs doing that. You can't even imagine that kind of stuff coming from him. Joe Gibbs. Bill Walsh. Bill Parcells. This isn't like college going for power rankings. This is the pros you show some respect, show some class."

In a one-on-one interview Friday with NBCSports.com, Belichick was asked whether his Patriots had been breaching end-game etiquette by scoring late on teams.

"I've been coaching too long," Belichick said. "I remember being on that side. When I was coaching defense it was my job to keep the score down, not theirs. When you're playing defense it's your job to stop them. It's not (the offense's) job to not score. It's like I tell the offense, what the (bleep) do you think I send you guys out there for? To punt? We have a punt team for that. That's not your job. Your job is to go out there and score points. If you come off the field and you haven't scored points you haven't done your job."

 

Late Patriots' scores

• Week 1 at New York Jets (38-14): 1-yard TD by Heath Evans, 1:58 left
• Week 2 vs. San Diego (38-14): 3-yard TD by Sammy Morris, 3:18 left
• Week 3 vs. Buffalo (38-7): 45-yard TD catch by Randy Moss, 10:22 left
• Week 4 at Cincy (34-13): 14-yard TD catch by Randy Moss, 3:18 left
• Week 5 vs. Cleveland (34-17): 15-yard fumble return TD by Randall Gay, 0:42 left
• Week 6 vs. Dallas (48-27): 1-yard TD run by Kyle Eckel, 0:19 left
• Week 7 at Miami (49-28): Brady returns to the game with the Patriots up 42-21 and 10:30 remaining and threw a touchdown pass to Wes Welker from 16 yards out with 8:18 left

 

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