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NFL Films breaks new ground with Belichick documentary

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In 1970 Ed Sabol convinced Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram to wear a microphone during Super Bowl IV, and the result was an NFL Films documentary that gave fans an unprecedented look inside the mind of a coach. It took four decades, but NFL Films may have finally topped itself.

Bill Belichick: A Football Life, an NFL Films documentary that premieres on NFL Network at 9 p.m. Eastern Thursday, is structurally different from the Super Bowl IV video but similar in the level of insight it provides: Unless you’ve been on an NFL coaching staff, you haven’t seen an NFL coach like this before. During the 2009 season Belichick gave NFL Films access to everything — the locker room, the sideline, team meetings, discussions with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, quiet moments with Belichick’s son, everything — and the resulting documentary is quite extraordinary.

Among the most interesting moments are the ones when Belichick talks to or talks about opposing players. At one point during a Patriots-Ravens game, Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason approaches the New England sideline and says something to Belichick, to which Belichick replies, “Why don’t we talk after the game, alright? Just shut the f–k up.” But with footage from game-planning sessions, viewers can see how much Belichick respects certain opposing players, notably Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Ravens safety Ed Reed.

When Belichick gets angry on the sideline, it’s usually because something he addressed in those game-planning sessions doesn’t get executed properly on Sunday. Footage of Belichick telling his staff in a meeting that the defense has to be ready for passes to the Jets’ Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller in the seam are interspersed with the Jets successfully passing to Cotchery and Keller in the seam.

“That’s two down the seam,” Belichick barks after the Jets’ big plays. “That’s what we were talking about all week.”

But Belichick is also surprisingly funny on the sidelines, ribbing Wes Welker about Julian Edelman becoming the Wally Pipp to Edelman’s Lou Gehrig (a reference Welker didn’t get), and telling officials who were wearing orange-striped AFL throwback uniforms, “You should have seen the s–t they tried to put me in.”

In a moment from 2009 that feels particularly compelling in light of the Patriots’ surprising decision in 2010 to trade Randy Moss, Belichick can be heard complaining to his coaching staff that the team’s wide receivers don’t have a strong enough work ethic. Belichick said he wished his receivers would have taken it upon themselves to stay after practice to do extra work with Tom Brady.

“Wednesday practice is over and where do the receivers go? Straight in,” Belichick said. “‘We’ve got it all down. We don’t need extra work.’ That sums it up for me.”

Not everything about Belichick is hard-nosed, however. Belichick is shown fighting back tears when he reminisces about his years as an assistant with the Giants, saying, “It’s hard not to get choked up about it.”

It’s hard not to love access like that. NFL Films delivered in a big way with Bill Belichick: A Football Life.

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  1. myspaceyourface says: Sep 14, 2011 12:06 PM

    Was BB willing to share video from his personal library? If not, then how ground breaking could it be.

  2. dolphindad says: Sep 14, 2011 12:06 PM

    I heard they really wanted to tape rex ryan for a year, but they couldnt get McDonalds, Haggen Dazz and Little Debbie to sign off on use of their trademarks.

  3. iambadkid says: Sep 14, 2011 12:08 PM

    NFL teams that loses at home all the time is a no neck chump

  4. grogansheroes says: Sep 14, 2011 12:09 PM

    Cue the Spygate haters in 3,2,1…

  5. jasku880 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    oh how you forgot to mention spygate. but props to bill, one of the best in the business and history.

  6. mybuttsayspft says: Sep 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    Would be worth watching if it were Al Davis instead of the cheat Bill Belichick

  7. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    Do they cover the time he cheated?

  8. KIR says: Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    wah wahhhh…..Can we stop talking about Spygate? Sure as soon as everyone stops talking about Bill “the genius” and the SB’s won during that period of time. Those SB’s are tainted and don’t count! Patriot Fans get over it!

  9. cromags says: Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    Most misunderstood guy in the NFL, both for being praised as a genius and derided as a cheater/bore.

    Looking forward to this.

  10. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:12 PM

    Belicheat ☺ LOLOLOLZ ☺

  11. easyeintennessee says: Sep 14, 2011 12:13 PM

    I hope they show how he videotapes other teams practices to win Super Bowls. Or how he sent boxes full of cash to another mans wife with the Patriots return address on them. Thats the Belichick documentary I want to see!

  12. kate773 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:13 PM

    Can’t wait to see it. I get that people can’t stand him and that’s fine but I think he’s a fascinating person.

  13. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 14, 2011 12:14 PM

    I was lucky enough to get to see this already in a special VIP preview at the Pats Hall of Fame Theatre. It was excellent. Not to be missed.

  14. chargerdillon says: Sep 14, 2011 12:14 PM

    Finding new ways to kiss Bill’s ass some more. Hope I can miss this fluffer job by NFL Films.

    I’d have a whole lot more respect for this if his career was over, his story isnt finished to be told yet, much like all these idiots who win a superbowl and write a book about it.

  15. joejoetheidiot3 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:16 PM

    Did they address how Belichick is powered by disney animatronics in this film?

  16. junkmcgrunk says: Sep 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    get over spygate, no one cares anymore

  17. 66rick says: Sep 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    wow, mr. secret allowing this…he was just trying to smooth over all of the cheating persona. BB is thinking, “hmmm, if I let them film me, then maybe everyone won’t think i’m a cheater anymore.” screw him and the 3* time “champs”

  18. "Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……” says: Sep 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    I never expected this from him, but I’ll be watching. If he will give access like this, maybe he will agree to Hard Knocks and who knows maybe we could see ol’ Bill in the newest Coors Light commercials in 2022.

  19. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2011 12:19 PM

    A documentary without spy gate, what kind of documentary is that?

  20. afc22 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:20 PM

    Never been a fan of the man but he’s the best coach of this generation, and this is a huge win for NFL films and football fans alike.

    We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Sabol’s for always promoting the NFL in the classiest manner so a guy like Belichick would be honored to do this.

  21. jw731 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:21 PM

    They should have simply named it…….Sex,Lies and Videotape….

  22. kyleortonsarm says: Sep 14, 2011 12:22 PM

    they have to wire him or he just cheats

  23. seanmmartin says: Sep 14, 2011 12:24 PM

    I do practice a religion: Belichickian.

  24. blmonroe12 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:24 PM

    This guy is the best coach in the last 20yrs. I wish I could have seen something like this with Knoll, Walsh or Lombardi. Any athlete, coach or professional can get a lot out of this.

  25. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2011 12:24 PM

    Among the most interesting moments are the ones when Belichick talks to or talks about opposing players. At one point during a Patriots-Ravens game, Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason approaches the New England sideline and says something to Belichick, to which Belichick replies, “Why don’t we talk after the game, alright? Just shut the f–k up.”
    ————————————————————————

    That does it! I’m gonna go get Dish so I can watch this one exciting moment!
    I can’t wait to see the most awesome sideline exchange ever in the history of the NFL! *Sarcasm*

  26. somlucci says: Sep 14, 2011 12:24 PM

    any footage of his conversations with Satan ?

  27. tenteamparlay00799 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:25 PM

    A great coach and an even better Spy.

  28. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2011 12:26 PM

    chargerdillon says: Sep 14, 2011 12:14 PM

    Finding new ways to kiss Bill’s ass some more. Hope I can miss this fluffer job by NFL Films.

    I’d have a whole lot more respect for this if his career was over, his story isnt finished to be told yet, much like all these idiots who win a superbowl and write a book about it.
    *************************************************
    As opposed to NEVER winning a Super Bowl and talking trash every year anyway?

  29. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:26 PM

    Not only did BB cheat, but he got run out of town in Cleveland for being such a terrible coach. Anyone remember the “Beavis and Belichick” signs?

  30. tmac9 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:26 PM

    apparently smith didnt get the pip reference either

  31. marcuswelby70 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    Saw the trailer…looking forward to seeing the documentary.

  32. hairpie says: Sep 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    Can one of the whining haters please explain how taping anything helped the Patriots win anything? Please, this is your chance, right now.

  33. mrturophile says: Sep 14, 2011 12:33 PM

    Edelman is Pipp and Welker is Gehrig according to this article? Um, wha?

  34. ahostiletakeover says: Sep 14, 2011 12:35 PM

    Sorry Patriots fans, but you’ll be hearing about “Spygate” for as long as Belichick is your coach. Its really unfair, believe me I’m pretty objective and agree with you guys when it comes down to it on this particular subject, it should be in the past. I’m a Ravens fan and All I hear is “Ray Lewis needs to get his knife, etc” When a mistake is made, the trolls will ALWAYS be there to remind you.

  35. jessieboom says: Sep 14, 2011 12:36 PM

    Yes, all of America can’t wait to watch a positive story of a person they hate.

    It’s like watching a Casey Anthony is innocent special.

  36. hoite says: Sep 14, 2011 12:36 PM

    dolphindad says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:06 PM
    I heard they really wanted to tape rex ryan for a year, but they couldnt get McDonalds, Haggen Dazz and Little Debbie to sign off on use of their trademarks.

    _________________________________

    Enjoy life in the basement this year little boy. You guys should try to get Fergie or Serena to play CB. Vontae still acting hurt….I mean cramping up?…

  37. joejoetheidiot3 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:36 PM

    Didn’t prince write a song about belichick crying about the giants.

    This is what it sounds like when Belichick crys. Do DO de Do Do Dode do

  38. asublimeday says: Sep 14, 2011 12:37 PM

    They tried to do it with mike McCarthy, but he just ate chicken wings the whole time and told Aaron to “call his own damn plays”

  39. gtrav says: Sep 14, 2011 12:37 PM

    KIR says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM
    wah wahhhh…..Can we stop talking about Spygate? Sure as soon as everyone stops talking about Bill “the genius” and the SB’s won during that period of time. Those SB’s are tainted and don’t count! Patriot Fans get over it!

    KIR – this is the second post I’ve seen from you about holding onto spygate like a baby with his binky. Stop crying about it. Almost everyone else has. You can drag old ghosts into the light as much as you want, but those Lombardi trophies are never leaving Foxboro.

  40. imamanim40 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:39 PM

    news flash, America: everybody cheats! your favorite team just hasn’t been caught yet!!

  41. rexismybff says: Sep 14, 2011 12:40 PM

    He is a disgraced sports figure, trying to ensure his next seven-figure or eight-figure contract; a documentary on BB is no better than ESPN’s “Bonds on Bonds”.

  42. dolfandon says: Sep 14, 2011 12:41 PM

    He may be a cheat and hated but as a Dolphins fan, I would take him as coach in a heartbeat.

  43. bsandcs says: Sep 14, 2011 12:41 PM

    Here we go again with all the “belicheat” and other unoriginal spygate posts. the reality is it is not illegal to film opposing teams coaches, it’s done every week by every team from designated points, the infraction occured because of WHERE they were doing it. As the NFL explained, it was an infraction of the filming rules and they “gained no competitive advantage”. Far greater competitive advantages have been gained from pumping crowd noise into stadiums or tampering or breaking the salary cap.

    All the people who obsess over the “cheating” and the “tainting” are just to ignorant to look past the headlines to actually find out what happened.

  44. zaqmlpxswnji says: Sep 14, 2011 12:42 PM

    In that analogy, wouldn’t Welker be Pipp to Edelman’s Gehrig?

  45. unbiasedfootballfan says: Sep 14, 2011 12:43 PM

    good god- he is a top 3 coach all time. Yes spygate was bad but completely overblown. Everyone did it back then, mangini regrets even bringing it up and oh yeah the patriots have been the most consistent team in the NFL after it broke. Yeah they didn’t win any superbowls but some of that was dumb luck and some of that was rex ryan nothing to do with videotaping. Just be happy that you get an inside look at one of the greatest coaches of all time and shut your mouth.

  46. sweded775 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:46 PM

    Has this convicted cheat paid his 500,000 dollar fine yet?

  47. RexCanCoach says: Sep 14, 2011 12:51 PM

    I am obviously a die-hard Jets fan for 35 yrs, and I have the utmost respect for Bill Belicheck and his accomplishments with the Patriots. I definitely will watch this show as a pure football fan.

  48. godofwine330 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:52 PM

    I’ll be looking forward to it. I am only 34, but I get the Wally Pipp reference, and I believe that Belichick meant that Welker was Wally Pipp, or the guy who lost his starting job, to Edelman’s Gehrig. Too bad Belichick didn’t have this kind of coaching genius in Cleveland. We could have used some of it.

  49. dmaziuk says: Sep 14, 2011 12:55 PM

    bill who?

  50. elyasm says: Sep 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    (The following has been copied and updated from a previous post in response to those that are still determined to revel in their ignorance.)

    Those of you who think that Bill Belichick invented the idea of stealing signals in football are giving far too much credit to one of the greatest coaches of all time. To quote Jimmy Johnson: “…what you need to do is just take your camera and you go and zoom in on the signal caller and that way you can sync it up. The problem is that if they’re not on the press box side you can’t do it from the press box, you have to do it from the sideline.”

    Furthermore, it was only defensive signals that were being recorded, since offensive signals have been radioed in to the QB since ’94. Since the defense only determines the play it is going to run in response to the offensive formation, and that the QB radios are deactivated 15 seconds prior to the end of the snap clock, it would be impossible for the offense to line up, the defensive coaches to signal their play and to relay that information to the QB before the radio is turned off. It is therefore impossible for the offense to know the defensive play call before the snap. Not to mention that a camera provides no advantage whatsoever over a guy with a set of binoculars on the sideline (which is legal).

    If you want to know what those tapes were used for, I can tell you; I’ve read both Patriot Reign and Education of a Coach. Both books cite Belichick’s policy of developing dossiers on opposing head coaches, coordinators and even position coaches. He and Ernie Adams develop spreadsheets that track tendencies for different situations (i.e. what does this coach do in this game situation with this down and distance?).

    This allows them to effectively reverse engineer the playcalling sheet that each coach holds on the sideline. That is why opposing players felt like he was in the huddle with them, he knew the opposing coaches play calling tendencies almost as well as the coaches themselves.

    So why videotape the signals and not just rely on the play on the field? Because the play on the field can be changed by intelligent players based on what they see on the offense. Belichick wanted to know what play the coach called, not necessarily what play was run.

    Filming from an improper location wan’t even against the rules until 2006, well after the three Super Bowl wins, when the league sent out the memo, further invalidating the accusations of ‘cheating’. Goodell’s decision to destroy the tapes was a poor one. He was hoping to sweep what really should have been a minor scandal under the rug, and instead gave legs to a conspiracy. The punishment was an even worse decision. Rather than imposing the minor fine the crime warranted, a precedent set by Tagliabue’s handling of Shanahan skirting the salary cap to win 2 Super Bowls (now THAT’s cheating), he reacted to media pressure by imposing the largest sanctions in NFL history, further justifying the beliefs of the whole ‘cheater’ conspiracy crowd.

    What did Belichick do wrong? He filmed from an improper location. Why did he do it? To have an accurate record of the play calling tendencies of opposing coaches. Is it likely he is still doing so using other, legal, means (i.e. a guy with binoculars and a notepad)? No, now that defensive players have radios, there are no more signals in football. Was the the punishment disproportionate to the crime? You will need to decide for yourself, but the answer seems fairly obvious to me…

  51. patriotinvasion says: Sep 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    @KAR…They do still count, and that’s the beauty of it. Everyone is over the overblown ESPN created spygate story about a team filming signals IN PLAIN VIEW to every single man, woman and child in the stadium (lol). Signals that also featured 2 other signalers providing dummy signals right beside them (ha…strange that teams would do that every game whether they play the Patriots or not…you don’t think it’s because other teams try to steal signs do you???).

    The only people still bringing up the silly camera story are white males 18-34…usually fantasy football geeks…and fans of the Steelers, Jets, and Colts. The 3 teams the Patriots have OWNED for the better part of a decade. #keephatinhaters

  52. William Marcellino says: Sep 14, 2011 1:03 PM

    Something like this is a perfect litmus test for whether you’re a football fan or just a homer.

    Liking Belichick is irrelevant here.

    If you’re a football fan, and you’re hungry to understand the game better, understand how coaching, weekly prep, game management, management philosophy, etc. go into building a successful franchise, then you have to be thrilled about getting an inside look like this. Yea, the guy’s public persona is that of a dick. So was Vince Lombardi’s, but I’d still love to have an inside view of how he did what he did.

  53. knowerofallthings says: Sep 14, 2011 1:03 PM

    Hasn’t won a playoff game since they took away his camera. That tells me all I need to know.

  54. flash1283 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:04 PM

    jimmysimpson55 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:26 PM
    Not only did BB cheat, but he got run out of town in Cleveland for being such a terrible coach.
    —-
    Lame

    Wasn’t BB the head coach the last time Cleveland won a playoff game?

    Not to mention the franchise was in disorder at the time

    Can’t blame it all on BB, thank god he got rid of that sorry ass Berni Kosar!!

  55. numberonesteelersfan says: Sep 14, 2011 1:05 PM

    Bill belicheck: a cheater’s life

  56. kate773 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:05 PM

    sweded775 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:46 PM
    Has this convicted cheat paid his 500,000 dollar fine yet?

    ***********************************

    He went to court? When did that happen?

  57. 2honest4myself says: Sep 14, 2011 1:06 PM

    I truly feel this is by far more groundbreaking than any other documentaryi ever seen. I been a pats fan for a long time and getting to the real BB will be a pleasure. I will definitely have my popcorn ready.( somehow i get a feeling someone will also be having a snack in handy watching this as well)

  58. dsigrey says: Sep 14, 2011 1:06 PM

    I love all these people bringing up spygate again and again. Every single one of you would be out of your mind if “your” team singed him next season. It would be “oh, spygate… well everyone was doing it… you couldn’t translate the signs and get them in quick enough to do anything anyways… blah, blah, blah”. Get over it losers… I suppose he’s been using satellites since 2007.

  59. sambasoccer10 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:08 PM

    Hey we all fans of bb cause of his great coaching, but just a food for thought, pats have won one playoff game ever since the spygate…
    I’m not hating. I’m just saying

  60. giablommi says: Sep 14, 2011 1:09 PM

    “Not only did BB cheat, but he got run out of town in Cleveland for being such a terrible coach. Anyone remember the “Beavis and Belichick” signs”
    ^^^^^^
    Hate all you want, but he’s the closest thing there is in today’s NFL to a coach-for-life. He’ll be in New England until Brady retires, whenever that may be, and probably longer. Can’t see him on the sidelines for any other team, and why would he? Solid ownership, he can get players to take less money to come play for him and he’s more beloved by his team’s fanbase than any other in the league.

    When the final story of Belichick is written, the Cleveland years will be an insignificant blip between his dominance as Giants D-Coordinater and his rejuvinating the late 90′s Jets defense and then his run as Patriots head coach which will cement him as one of (if not) the best ever. Sorry but what happened in Cleveland just won’t matter.

  61. thoff1525 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:12 PM

    I can’t wait to watch this. O wait, I have Time Warner Cable…

  62. 2mannings1cup says: Sep 14, 2011 1:17 PM

    Its funny that everyone keeps accusing Belichick for cheating, and using the spygate jargon to somehow tarnish the Patriots dynasty. I guarantee the not one of you idiots can actually describe was BB was accused of. Do some research…filming is not prohibited. It was a discrepency of the placement of the camera accoring to the specific teams rules. Roger Goodell got scared, destroyed the tapes, made a brash and uneducated decision to punish so that the league would quickly forget and move on, because 31 other teams were doing the same thing. Reality check, tools.

  63. juiceboxsupply says: Sep 14, 2011 1:18 PM

    No one with less personality volunteered? Can’t wait to watch a couple hours of this turd

  64. patriotinvasion says: Sep 14, 2011 1:20 PM

    @knowerofallthings He’s actually won 2 playoff games since they “took the cameras away”. Beat Jacksonville and San Diego in the AFC Championship Game before losing to a proud Giants team on a miraculous catch and TD with 39 seconds left in the Super Bowl.

    Get your facts straight geek-boy. #keephatin, #weloveit

  65. giablommi says: Sep 14, 2011 1:20 PM

    Hasn’t won a playoff game since they took away his camera. That tells me all I need to know.
    ^^^^^
    ummm.. Was I imagining or did they go 16-1 that year? Seem to recall playoff wins against Jacksonville and San Diego to, you know, get to the Super Bowl for the biggest letdown in NFL history.

    In any event, not sure which is worse, someone who is a intellectually dishonest hater or someone too stupid to realize their own ignorance.

    Either way: you and your ilk are pathetic and an embodiment of the worst that America has to offer- petty, jealous and ignorant is no way to go through life, son.

  66. jw731 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:21 PM

    Pats fans are like a bunch of schoolgirls……Every article about them for like the last 5 years, a comment section will have somebody yelling spaygate or whatever, but they simply take the bait….Time and time again…Did you idiots ever stop and think….A…Your silly little diatribes aren’t going to change anything…B…In fact it fuels it…….C….If it was such a non-event, why must you years later, continue to try to “educate” the masses?……What for?

  67. greenbay4ever says: Sep 14, 2011 1:21 PM

    Yo myspaceyourface………

    Your reading comprehension needs work. Read the article slower. It’s ground breaking because no coach has been mic’d up for a season. It’s all access to one of the best coaches ever. It’s better than home movies from his personal library. I am sure his personal library is full of videos of his family and not him taking about his time with the Gaints.

    If your going to be the first post on an article, a post that most will read then use your brain.

  68. MCxShow says: Sep 14, 2011 1:24 PM

    Should be interesting, looking forward to seeing it.

  69. august1969 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:26 PM

    ahostiletakeover says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:35 PM
    Sorry Patriots fans, but you’ll be hearing about “Spygate” for as long as Belichick is your coach. Its really unfair, believe me I’m pretty objective and agree with you guys when it comes down to it on this particular subject, it should be in the past. I’m a Ravens fan and All I hear is “Ray Lewis needs to get his knife, etc” When a mistake is made, the trolls will ALWAYS be there to remind you.

    I totally forgot Ray Lewis is a murderer!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  70. zeussuperman says: Sep 14, 2011 1:26 PM

    hairpie says: Sep 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    Can one of the whining haters please explain how taping anything helped the Patriots win anything? Please, this is your chance, right now.

    ————————-

    Superbowl win, Superbowl win, and Superbowl Win.

    Gets caught cheating. Fined a first round pick.

    Seven years later. No Superbowl win.

  71. dsigrey says: Sep 14, 2011 1:28 PM

    sambasoccer10 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:08 PM
    Hey we all fans of bb cause of his great coaching, but just a food for thought, pats have won one playoff game ever since the spygate…
    I’m not hating. I’m just saying

    Wrong…

  72. zeussuperman says: Sep 14, 2011 1:29 PM

    Roger Goodell got scared, destroyed the tapes, made a brash and uneducated decision to punish so that the league would quickly forget and move on, because 31 other teams were doing the same thing. Reality check, tools.

    ———————–

    The commissioner of America’s most popular moneymaking sport got “scared” because he had a bunch of tapes that showed the Patriots were doing the same thing as every other team?

    This sounds plausible. I’m glad you don’t work for a police force.

  73. to147 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:30 PM

    To the clowns saying they haven’t won anything since, they went 16-0 in the next regular season and won two playoff games before losing the superbowl. They’ve been consistently excellent since then but admittedly fallen on their faces in the playoffs. Videotapes in 2006 certainly didn’t help them go 14-2 last year and have Brady become the first unanimous MVP in league history.

  74. patriotinvasion says: Sep 14, 2011 1:31 PM

    zeussuperman says: Sep 14, 2011 1:26 PM

    hairpie says: Sep 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    Can one of the whining haters please explain how taping anything helped the Patriots win anything? Please, this is your chance, right now.

    ————————-

    Superbowl win, Superbowl win, and Superbowl Win.

    Gets caught cheating. Fined a first round pick.

    Seven years later. No Superbowl win.
    ______
    @zeussuperman — Have the Patriots had the exact same players over the course of 7 years that won those previous 3 Super Bowls?

    Also, being one play away from winning a Super Bowl and going 19-0 and actually winning it aren’t that much different. So if Tyree drops the ball and the patriots win that Super Bowl, spygate means nothing…but, because Tyree caught the ball and the Giants won, spygate means everything…lol…makes no sense

  75. mempusa says: Sep 14, 2011 1:31 PM

    @elyasm Thank you!

    What cracks me up is every single one of you jokers would drop your coach today if BB wanted to coach your football team. If you say any different, you’re totally full of sh!t

  76. bleed4philly says: Sep 14, 2011 1:31 PM

    Best coach hands down when it comes to schemes, not the best situational guy (pats colts 4th and 2 from their own 30, fake punt against the jets) but overall he’s #1. yeah he cheated, probably cost my team the superbowl, but I always think of that growing pains episode when Mike Seaver aced a test, then put his feet on the desk with all the answers on his shoes. In the process of cheating, mike actually learned the right answers and didn’t need to cheat, just like BB. Can’t wait to see this doc.

  77. Land Snark says: Sep 14, 2011 1:32 PM

    Wow. Some people need to let it go. The whole “Spygate” thing is in the past.

    He wasn’t cheating. The placement of the videographer in the stands was the only thing that was illegal.

    Time to put the foil hat down and relax.

  78. jnks10 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:32 PM

    So they video taped/ wired him for a year and in that year they had one of the worst playoff performances and got knocked out in the first game…. but ya there is no such thing as spygate.

  79. to147 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:33 PM

    As for not winning in 7 years, never again having a defense as good as ’03 and ’04 certainly has more to do with it than spygate.

  80. dctb1 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    I am really looking forward to this. Will be great to get a deeper insight into the Patriots, and the coach – player interactions.

    @Iceberg_Dan twitter of an avid Bucs fan

  81. hendawg21 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    Who really cares besides the New England area/fans???

  82. unbiasedfootballfan says: Sep 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    ummm its only been 4 seasons since spygate… the average says your team should win a superbowl once every 32 seasons. Okay the patriots havent won it in 7 years but they made it back to the superbowl. The level of success the pats have had since spygate would be traded for the success of every other team sans the packers, steelers, giants and saints.

  83. justentertainingthestupid says: Sep 14, 2011 1:37 PM

    Can’t wait to see it. And I’m a Dolphins fan.

  84. jjmurphy1127d says: Sep 14, 2011 1:38 PM

    Since “Spygate”, Patriots have played 70 games and won 54, including an 11-5 in 2009 with a back-up QB.

  85. vincentbojackson says: Sep 14, 2011 1:38 PM

    Maybe this program will shed some light on why Tedy Bruschi is such an a-hole.

  86. hendawg21 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:39 PM

    mempusa says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:31 PM
    @elyasm Thank you!

    What cracks me up is every single one of you jokers would drop your coach today if BB wanted to coach your football team. If you say any different, you’re totally full of sh!t

    Is this so? Tell us then what happened to this great coach while in Cleveland???

  87. jjmurphy1127d says: Sep 14, 2011 1:39 PM

    Correction – 11-5 in 2008; my bad.

  88. richm2256 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:42 PM

    knowerofallthings says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:03 PM
    Hasn’t won a playoff game since they took away his camera. That tells me all I need to know.

    ——————————————————–
    Please explain how they managed to get to the Super Bowl the year of Spygate, without winning any playoff games.

    Moron.

  89. hairpie says: Sep 14, 2011 1:48 PM

    zeussuperman says:
    Sep 14, 2011 1:26 PM
    hairpie says: Sep 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    Can one of the whining haters please explain how taping anything helped the Patriots win anything? Please, this is your chance, right now.

    ————————-

    Superbowl win, Superbowl win, and Superbowl Win.

    Gets caught cheating. Fined a first round pick.

    Seven years later. No Superbowl win.

    ========================

    Im not asking you to rehash history. i can look that up. everyone is watching. tell us how taping something helped them win super bowls. if you can do that, not only will you shut every Pat’s sympathizer up for ever, you will be a God to the whiners and emo’s. Go ahead. this offer is for everyone.

  90. lockoftheweak says: Sep 14, 2011 1:49 PM

    All you haters couldn’t hold a candle to BB.

  91. whiteskinsblackskinsredskins says: Sep 14, 2011 1:50 PM

    To those trying desperately to downplay the scandal that was spygate: $750,000 ($500,000 Belichick + $250,000 Patriots) in fines and a FIRST round draft pick is proof of the severity of the offence. So basically, give it up and take your own advice to move on (i.e. stop giving excuses for the fines and draft pick other than that is was fitting punishment for the crime).

  92. CKL says: Sep 14, 2011 1:55 PM

    I just want to say thanks for being rational and objective while also NOT being Pats fans to ahostiletakeover and RexCanCoach. These two are fans of teams who beat the Pats down the last two years in the playoffs too but instead of bringing that up, they act like…gasp…real football fans. I wish more fans could do that instead of acting like 2 year olds who need their binky.

    The main differences between BB now and BB in Cle is that now he has a great owner and he has learned from his mistakes (such as talking about a player’s weaknesses to the press like he did with Kosar. He never should have done that and hasn’t since). There are a LOT of successful coaches who came from BB’s Cleveland staff: Ferentz, Saban, Schwartz, Hill, etc. He is also responsible for transitioning Ozzie Newsome to the front office. He’s great at recognizing and using talent and schemes, just like he was then.

  93. geniusfan says: Sep 14, 2011 1:55 PM

    All you Patriot haters STILL talking about “Spygate” can hold onto that as long as you want.

    Meanwhile Belichick WILL go down as one of the best coaches of all time. Tom Brady WILL go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

    Oh and not to mention the Patriots will STILL have three Lombardi Trophies and there is nothing a bunch of bitter fans whose team probably lost to the Patriots on the way to their dynasty can do about it.

    Get over it. Deal with it. It’s done.

  94. rmm1984 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:58 PM

    Cheater

  95. hendawg21 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:01 PM

    Just like most New Englanders BB has his nose up his arse…

  96. drshakedown74 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:02 PM

    “This is how I cut my sweatshirts.”

  97. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    jimmysimpson, your clueless. You think the Cleveland thing was Bill’s fault?Umm, they were 3-1 when a quite large announcement happened- like the Browns moving to Baltimore to become the Ravens. The team and the fans revolted, it was a mess. Before you say a dumb ass comment, do some research. Idiot.

  98. giablommi says: Sep 14, 2011 2:11 PM

    “Pats fans are like a bunch of schoolgirls……Every article about them for like the last 5 years, a comment section will have somebody yelling spaygate or whatever, but they simply take the bait…”
    ^^^^^
    Let me see if I get this straight:

    Patriots fans are “like a bunch of schoolgirls” for commenting on articles about…wait for it…the Patriots.

    But the petty fans of the Jets/Steelers/Colts/Chargers/whoever who pollute the comments section with unoriginal, unfunny, irrelevant and lame comments about “spaygate or whatever” ad nauseum on every…single…Patriots story for like the last 5 years- you’re cool with that.

    Got it.

  99. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    hendawg, what? SO New Englanders like to smell their own a#$holes? Your so dumb you cant even get the burn right. it’s “head” up his ass, not “nose”. Idiot.

  100. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:14 PM

    knowerofallthings says: Sep 14, 2011 1:03 PM

    Hasn’t won a playoff game since they took away his camera. That tells me all I need to know.

    What an idiot… the season they went 18-1 was the year they got busted for spygate after week 1.

  101. mempusa says: Sep 14, 2011 2:27 PM

    @hendawg…

    There were many reasons why he couldn’t be successful in Cleveland. One being Art Modell crippled Belichick when it came to personell decisions. Despite that, he lost his starting QB to an injury when they were in the thick of the playoff hunt in 93 and ended up 7-9. In 94, they went 11-5 and won a playoff game on the road. Then Modell dropped the bomb they were moving and the team tanked in 95. If your front office is lobbying to move the team, I don’t care who your coach is. It’s tough to be successful.

    Does that answer your question?

  102. richm2256 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    hendawg21 says:

    Is this so? Tell us then what happened to this great coach while in Cleveland???
    ———————————————————
    Are YOU smarter today than you were in 1994? Think you’ve learned a thing or two about doing YOUR job better in the last 15 years?

    No, with a post like yours, you’re probably just as stupid as you ever were.

    Read Michael Holley’s book about Belichick (Patriot Reign), written when he spent a year up close with Belichick, who had no control over what Holley wrote. Belichick discusses very honestly his failures in Cleveland, and what he learned from it.

    Silly me, you obviously can’t read or you’d be smarter than you are.

  103. freedomispopular says: Sep 14, 2011 2:51 PM

    I hope this will be able to be seen somewhere besides NFL Network since I don’t have it.

  104. mrconnors says: Sep 14, 2011 3:02 PM

    Fan of the other 31 teams:

    Hee hee hee! He is uthed to camerath! Belicheat is a cheater! The Cheatrioth thuck! They haven’t won a Thuper Bowl thinth Thpygate!

  105. hendeeze says: Sep 14, 2011 3:26 PM

    mybuttsayspft says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:10 PM
    Would be worth watching if it were Al Davis instead of the cheat Bill Belichick

    This is a Documentary, not a comedy

  106. balewsquare says: Sep 14, 2011 3:48 PM

    drshakedown74 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 2:02 PM
    “This is how I cut my sweatshirts.”
    ———————

    HAHAHAHA! Holy crap after reading through a bunch of whiney posts, this is exactly what I needed!

  107. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 14, 2011 4:13 PM

    kyleortonsarm says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:22 PM
    they have to wire him or he just cheats
    **********

    What a profoundly original comment about Bill Belichick.

  108. childressrulz says: Sep 14, 2011 4:39 PM

    junkmcgrunk says: Sep 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    get over spygate, no one cares anymore
    ____________________
    I couldn’t disagree more! Lots of people still care. You guys played one SB straight up and got beat! I wonder if you guys truly deserved any of the SBs you won? Your team cheated and got caught. You need to get over the fact that it will never die.

  109. Pat MyHog says: Sep 14, 2011 5:20 PM

    Video recording wasn’t illegal until after the 2006 season so even though they were video recording prior to 2007, it wasn’t cheating. It was only cheating after the memorandum was sent at the beginning of the 2007 season. Therefore, no cheating occurred prior to 2007 and no-one took away the Pats Lombardi trophies. They are in fact still in Foxborough in our Hall of Fame Museum. Team of the decade! Boston, the City of Champions. Keep up the hate, we love it!

  110. semperfi24 says: Sep 14, 2011 8:28 PM

    junkmcgrunk says:Sep 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    get over spygate, no one cares anymore
    _________________________________

    Gotta disagree Junk. Have you been reading the stories about the Pats for the last month. The “haters” are praying that the “dynasty is over”. They have been predicting that since 2006. Every year that goes by that the Pats dont crumble, adds one more year of frustration. The “spygate” references, and cheater comments etc have gotten worse and worse and worse over the years than they ever were in 2007.

    Back then everyone basically decided that the Pats werent actually that good, it was simply the product of video tapes. So every day that passes without the collapse of BB and the evil patriots empire just fuels the fire, and prompts them to post about spygate. When you cant come up with something new, you simply go back to the well. In this case, the only thing in the well is Spygate.

    The good news for you haters is that eventually you will be right. We all know the Pats cant win 10+ games every year forever. So if you say the dynasty is over, it is only a matter of time before it really is over. You can be wrong for 10 years, all you need is to be right once and you feel like you are all geniuses, lol.

    But the truth of the matter is that it simply isnt against the rules to video tape your opponents signals. I will repeat that for the slower fans. It is not against the rules to tape your opponents signals. The only rule that was broken was that they filmed from the sidelines. If they filmed from the press box/roof/upper deck/front row/satellite/plane/helicopter/hang glider/UFO/drone/space station/etc it wouldnt have violated the rules… With that said you still have d-bags that will make the claim that the punishment is the proof of how awful the crime was. So, moving the camera from the sideline to the front row (you know, 5 feet) would have made it “not cheating”, but moving from the front row to the sideline (you know, 5 feet) is “cheating”???

    I know all of those that disagree my thoughts on this will be offended by these next statements, but it really doesnt take a genius to understand the issue. If you truly, honestly believe it was cheating, you have no hope. If you simply use it to get your digs in, you are juvenile.

  111. TheWizard says: Sep 14, 2011 8:54 PM

    Those SB’s are tainted and don’t count!

    Idiot.

  112. TheWizard says: Sep 14, 2011 8:56 PM

    No, with a post like yours, you’re probably just as stupid as you ever were.

    Yup.

  113. managod777 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:33 PM

    To you folks who keep telling everyone to move on from the fact that Belichick is a damn cheater, like a steroids or HGH user, actually worse, please speak to the fact that the Pats are not successful in the post season since they were caught. Wonder why!!!!!

  114. holdsteady76 says: Sep 16, 2011 11:30 PM

    Is he a good coach? Yes. Did he cheat? Yes. Next.

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