Roundup: It’s been a challenge for Belichick

A lot of attention was paid to the fact that the Patriots had burned all of their timeouts prior to their fourth-and-2 gamble against the Colts in Week 10, preventing Bill Belichick from challenging the spot of a short completion to Kevin Faulk. But given his recent success — or lack thereof — when throwing the red flag, it’s likely Belichick would have lost that challenge.

As the Boston Globe‘s Adam Kilgore points out, Belichick is 1 for 5 this season in challenges, including going 0 for 2 vs. the Jets Sunday. Belichick has not successfully challenged a play since Week 2 at the Jets. Writes Kilgore:

Sunday illustrated Belichick’s philosophy toward challenges. He throws the flag based not only on the chance a given play will be overturned, but also on the potential impact of a challenge. The first challenge tried to reverse a fumble by Laurence Maroney in Jets territory. The second tried to give the Patriots the ball deep in Jets territory.

“Both of those plays were turnovers,’’ Belichick said. “Those were the kind of plays that change a game. If you feel like you’ve got a shot at it, or even I’d say if it’s a little less than a 50-50, those are the kinds of plays that I would challenge. If I was sure it wasn’t going to get turned over, then there’s no point in doing it. But if you feel like you’ve got a shot at it . . .’’

Other stories from around the Web on Tuesday:

  • The Steelers believe Ben Roethlisberger is healthy enough to start against the Ravens on Sunday night, but backup Charlie Batch is likely done for the season.
  • Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes that Eric Mangini should focus more on the Browns’ missed opportunities in a loss to Detroit, rather than accuse the Lions of faking injuries and complain about the calls.
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