Belichick exhorts NFL to add cameras

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Patriots coach Bill Belichick strongly voiced his displeasure Tuesday that the league didn't want to spend the money to put four cameras in the end zone to give referees better angles on replay reviews, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The source -- who was in the meeting with NFL head of officials Dean Blandino, among others -- told Schefter that Belichick made his point with choice language.

The source said Belichick expressed concern that the league is willing to spend top dollar to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil and play regular-season games in London every season but doesn't appear willing to spend the money to pay for the extra cameras it would take to cover all end zone angles to assist instant replay.

Adding replay cameras is a topic that Belichick has lobbied for at length in recent years. The Patriots repeatedly have proposed that fixed cameras be positioned on all boundary lines (sideline, end line, goal line) to supplement camera angles provided by broadcast networks.

Belichick vented similar frustration to reporters about the league's reluctance to fund new end zone replay cameras.

"It's disappointing every year we can't afford that, as a league," Belichick told reporters Tuesday. "They brought that up as a concern. It was kind of surprising to hear that."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, meanwhile, was asked directly about Belichick's message in Tuesday's meeting and confirmed the gist of what the Patriots coach was saying.

"He expressed the importance of doing it -- the opportunity for us as a league to standardize this whole process," Garrett said. "I think if we're honest with ourselves, there probably are very few plays where we don't get a great look at it. But these are the scoring plays, these are the plays that they're going to look at. I think our ability to standardize that process as much as possible will help our game."

Garrett was asked about his support of the proposal and said: "I think we should do it." Patriots reporter Mike Reiss contributed to this report.

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