Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Mangold: Bill Belichick got heated after dirty hit

In the fourth quarter of the New England Patriots and New York Jets game, cornerback Aqib Talib picked off Geno Smith for a game ending interception. As he ran out of bounds Mangold hit him late and low. That dirty hit started a bit of a brawl between the two teams that resulted in two ejections.

The players weren’t the only ones to get heated, apparently Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wasn’t thrilled.

“He got heated about it,” Mangold said. “I was a little surprised by that. I figured he’d have a little bit more poise. But it’s obviously an intense game, intense rivalry and tempers flare. I’m not really sure (what Belichick said). I didn’t catch it. There was a decent amount of yelling. So I couldn’t tell you. You’ll have to go to the NFL mics. I’m sure they’ve got plenty around.”

That is an episode of “Sound FX” I’d like to see.

Mangold for his part is defending the late hit, or at least pleading ignorance.

“I made the tackle,” Mangold said, viaThe Star-Ledger. “He was along the sideline. I obviously could not play defense in this league because I thought he was still in bounds, so I tried to make a tackle.”

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