Don Shula tweaks the Patriots: We didn’t deflate any balls

Reuters

Hall of Fame coach Don Shula has never hidden his contempt for Patriots coach Bill Belichick. So when Shula appeared today at a 50th anniversary celebration of the Dolphins franchise, it was no surprise that he took a shot at the Patriots.

Shula referenced Deflategate in his comments, contrasting the way the Dolphins won with class with the way Beli-cheat, as Shula calls him, wins with something less than class.

“Always done with a lot of class. A lot of dignity. Always done the right way. We didn’t deflate any balls,” Shula said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

The 85-year-old Shula has been retired for two decades, but he’s still fiercely protective of the legacy of his teams, and ornery about the teams who don’t — in Shula’s opinion — play the game the right way. This wasn’t the first time we’ve heard Shula rip the Patriots, and it likely won’t be the last.

237 responses to “Don Shula tweaks the Patriots: We didn’t deflate any balls

  1. Try harder to be relevant Miami, you can’t. This guy is ancient history

  2. No, you did use your position on the competition committee to berate refs who called penalties on your team.

    The intimidation worked and the dolphins were the least penalized team in the league that year.

    I’d you ain’t cheatin you ain’t trying right Shula? Hypocrite.

    Its not as bad as Jerry Rice tainting 5 championships with stick em, or the 49ers and Broncos tainting 3 championships by cheating the salary cap though.

  3. He’s right, and before you call him classless look who he’s talking about.

  4. The only thing the report proves is that one time the balls were at 16 PSI due to NFL refs being idiots and Tom was pissed about it and told the people in charge of the balls to make sure that didn’t happen again

  5. How would he know? Clearly coaches aren’t aware of everything. Also, yes his QBs messed with the balls. Guaranteed.

  6. “Always done with a lot of class. A lot of dignity. Always done the right way”

    -Says the ultimate hypocrite Don Shula, who tampering rules were invented for once he screwed out on his contract to go to the Dolphins. Apparently skipping out on contracts and tampering is #class #dignity #always #patmyselfontheback #thedonshulaway

  7. Brady did not turn his cell phone over, at the behest of the NFLPA. Obviously Goodell is Judge Jury and Executioner. The NFLPA decided that would set a terrible precedent on all of it’s players. Get your facts right.

  8. SUMMARY: The Dolphins committed three counts of tampering in order to hire “Double-Dealing” Don Shula* as their coach in 1970. DD Don was still the coach of the Baltimore Colts at the end of the 1969 season, when then-Miami owner Joe Robbie approached him and signed Shula to a contract. You can’t do that. That’s cheating.

    Hypocrite

  9. Didn’t know old Don was still with us, at least in body, if not mind. Good for him!!

  10. No, you just cheated the cap and would hose down your field to wreck the run game. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

  11. Shula is classless and the Pats are cheaters

    ………the 2 aren’t mutually exclusive

  12. He’s right, but I wouldn’t call drinking champagne after every time a team finally loses in a season “doing it with class” either. I firmly believe the only difference between the Patriots and EVERY other NFL team ever is they got caught.

  13. PUNISHMENT: As punishment for this cheating incident, the Baltimore Colts were awarded the Dolphin’s 1971 first round draft pick. As well, the Dolphins 1972 Perfect Season* was permanently tainted and unofficially appended with an asterisks to indicate that the team cheated.

    Fun fact about the Dolphins’ Perfect Season*: in 1972 the Dolphins drew what most experts consider one of the NFL’s softest schedules ever. Their opponents had a winning percentage of just .357 (!) and they faced only 2 teams who ended the season over .500 while feasting on 9 teams who ended under .500. * Cheated

  14. Nailed. Way to go, Shula. The Pats tampered with the centerpiece of the game: the football. It will be months probably before the NFL hands out any punishment, but I believe it should be more severe than the saints “bounty-gate”.

  15. He’s absolutely right, of course.

    Shula is all class, unlike the low character Pats franchise and fan base.

    20 years from now, you’ll never hear ANYBODY refer to Belichick as a “class” individual.

  16. Is this the same guy who talked with Miami when he was still coaching Baltimore ?

    Let me give you some truthful advice Shula.
    (And football put aside, I am serious)

    The good book states “You are judged by the same standards you keep…! WE are all guilty of that one. BUT at age 85. I would be making myself right with GOD rather than judging people of this world at this point.

    And he is not joking…

  17. Oh look another patriot’s “hater”.

    Also people who think the earth is a sphere is just a “hater”, the world is flat right patriot fans?

  18. Don Shula is God. Bell-a-whatever is like the purse snatching (from an 90 year old lady)- sewer dwelling-front running-mono tone talking-fake coaching- coat-tail ridding person. Ever.

  19. futures44 says:
    May 9, 2015 1:06 PM

    Brady did not turn his cell phone over, at the behest of the NFLPA. Obviously Goodell is Judge Jury and Executioner. The NFLPA decided that would set a terrible precedent on all of it’s players. Get your facts right.

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

    The NFLPA did not and can not keep Tom Brady from turning his cell phone over.
    Is the NFLPA going to replace his lost wages during the suspension?
    Do you think Tom Brady cares more about “terrible precedent” or possible millions in lost income?
    If Tom Brady had nothing to hide, trust me, he would have turned over the phone to protect his income and reputation. He could care less about precedent.

    Get a clue.

  20. Technically anabolic steroids didn’t become a controlled substance in the USA until 1990.

    So anything anabolic the Fish were taking in the 70s wasn’t cheating (at the time).

    Also living in Miami in the 70s, they were almost certainly doing cocaine as well.

  21. He’s still pissed about the snow plow game back in the 80’s. The Patriots cheated back then too. Nothing has changed.

  22. ausernamethatisavailable says:
    May 9, 2015 1:15 PM
    We also played at a time when teams did not throw the ball.
    ********************
    Not sure where you are going with that.
    Marino set a lot of passing records.

  23. Demented classless old hater and so many of those on this post are clearly more like him than not. Air in footballs you must be all senile. The Pats would have beat you a ping pong ball. What winers you are who decorate these pages with your bitter tears and hateful resentment of the team with ball on the field better than most, for most of the time. Cheaters a word for little girls!

  24. And Joe Robbie never made a fool of himself helping a 20-something gal pal audition for a nonexistent movie role. Or went to the mat backing up a blatantly lying and cheating quarterback.

  25. Just one of the greats trying to boost his legacy by putting down someone else. Haha, that’s the definition of “class” right Dolphins fans?

    Shula was a great coach, one of the greatest of all time. But he just can’t stand the fact that he isn’t talked about in the same light as the Walsh, Parcells, and Belichick’s of the world.

    I still think it’s hilarious that one of the greatest coaches of all time can be gifted one of the, if not the, most talented and gifted QB’s of all time late in the first round of the NFL draft and then proceed to fail time and time again for more than a decade in the playoffs. Just terrible fail after terrible fail. The teams of the late 70’s were awesome but modern football was not kind to old Don.

    p.s. How about you go quietly into that good night Don?

  26. I’m a little confused – what exactly makes Shula an amazing coach? He is so overrated.

  27. Keep it up, Shula!–Dolphins fans everywhere.

    And BTW Pats fans, Shula is ranked 3rd all time greatest coach in NFL history behind Walsh and Lombardi. This could have been Belichick’s spot but for his cheating ways, so he is ranked 7th, behind Noll, Halas, Paul Brown, Shula, Walsh, and Lombardi.

    Likely the next time rankings come out Belichick won’t even make the top 10!

    The New England Patriots: From Dynasty to Just Plain Nasty!

  28. Somebody needs to kick this old wrinkly man in his catheter…..I guess the Alzheimer’s won’t allow him to remember how he became Dolphins coach….

  29. Also, food for thought…..as a man, if you feel you have class you don’t have to say it. If you have class others will say it for you. Damn Don……I’d say grow up, but you’d probably die.lol

  30. Truth hurts the Pats fans. Face it .. All the success in the Brady era is tainted. Caught cheating more than any franchise in the last 20 years. Don’t like it, cry to the Pats organization. They will always be tainted.

  31. Belichick 4 Super Bowl titles. Shula 2 Super Bowl titles. Go play another round of golf with your 72′ boys and shut the hell up, Don.

  32. I love how it’s mostly former players and coaches whose legacies look worse with every Patriots championship. Shula went 17-0 in ’72, and hats off to those guys. The ’07 Patriots, while they blew the Super Bowl that year, still went 18-0 through the AFCCG, which for you non-math majors, is actually BETTER than 17-0. 1972 Fins have the hardware and the undefeated season, and good for them. But you know there’s a part of Shula that knows he was outdone on some level.

    Get in line with the other peoe who suffered big losses at the hands of the Pats dynasty: Marshall Faulk, Ray Lewis, Donovan McNabb, Mark Brunell…the list goes on. And in ten years there will be former Colts and Ravens and Seahawks that play currently who will then be analysts, and they’ll throw shade too.

    Not for nothing, here’s Colin Kaepernick’s take via Twitter, who, by the way, has no axe to grind with the Pats. The media won’t shine light on it though because it doesn’t pump up their story that generates website hits and, subsequently, money. You guys REALLY don’t get how big business works, do you?

    “No football in the world is going to help you win by 38! Let it go and let Tom be great!”
    -Colin Kaepernick

  33. I love it. So true Coach. And the pats fans are in complete denial and making things up to convince themselves.

  34. Once the announcement comes out next week, I suspect we won’t hear much about Brady for at least a year.

  35. “A senile has been……. Consumed by bitterness.”
    ———
    The one you refer to as a “has been” had a premiere NFL career. Obviously the bitterness is coming from the one who never had same. Jealousy creates all kinds of misguided anger you know.

  36. I’m certainly not defending the Pats but Shula has ALWAYS liked to draw attention to himself (or express envy) by badmouthing others. The prime example in my mind was when he used accuse Al Davis in the media of watering down the field in Oakland to slow down the Miami receivers. Was it perhaps sour grapes because the Raiders under Madden & Flores used to own his team?

  37. Recently heard a local radio host back on the air just state otherwise. I wonder if shoes heard this and wants to try to set the record straight.

    Pete Rose Brady.

  38. “Ignorance is not an excuse” were Goodell’s words when he suspended Sean Payton 1 season for the Bounty Gate. Should be the same for Bilichick and 8 games for Tom Boy.

  39. Belichick has twice as many Super Bowl rings as a head coach with one team than Shula had with Miami, and Belichick has more years left to coach. Belichick also has two more rings as a coordinator. Shula is in Belichick’s rear view mirror! Somebody’s feeling a little insecure….again.

    He’s always been bitter since that snow plow game. Boo-hoo!

    Face it…the Patriots have steam-rolled the league over the last decade and a half, no doubt about it. Everybody else wants to explain their own inadequacies by tearing down the most dominant team in the league. Go ahead. Get that next Super Bowl banner ready!

  40. “Get in line with the other peoe who suffered big losses at the hands of the Pats dynasty”
    ———-
    Get in line behind the only team who knowingly has cheated in an AFC Championship game, AND advanced to a SB. And now is foolish and arrogant enough to brag about it. And that line has formed behind New England.

    There is no one else in that line but the Pat’s. Shula, you couldn’t be more right. Classless win at any cost organization. Zero sportsmanship. Born of the ME generation.

  41. Don Shula is right, let him say what he wants. His team is still undefeated, and everyone can have something to say but it’s the truth. Get over it losers.

  42. Shula btw had to always get his way
    The only reason there is the replay rule is because if a bad call against him in a playoff game

    The ultimate hypocrite

    My favorite regular season NFL moment was the john Deere tractor

  43. Tom Shady coached by Bill Beli-cheat and the equipment manager they nick- named “The Deflater” Throw in Arron Hernandez and you have Patriot integrity.

  44. Ummm, Patriots fans posting crap, you wouldn’t know what “Class” is all about.
    Don Shula is “Class” and always will be.
    He did things the right way with his head held high.
    I guess you are butt hurt because Mr Shula said what most are intimidated to say out loud.
    And I’m not a Fins fan nor a Pats hater. In fact I respect the Pats talent. Check my screen name.

  45. Shula couldn’t be more right, or more endearing to south florida sports fans. The one thing that is clear is that the Patriots, from Robert Kraft on down, have no respect for the game or their opponents. There have been football dynasties before, but never one so openly questioned by current and former players/coaches. You didn’t hear this about Shula’s Dolphins, or the 80s 49ers, or the 90s Cowboys, etc.

    And rightly so.

  46. If you believe this man is the greatest coach of all time you are crazy go check the stats this man isn’t in the same stratosphere as Bill Belicheck.

  47. flash1287 says:
    May 9, 2015 1:00 PM

    But you find and lost draft pick

    flash1287 says:
    May 9, 2015 1:00 PM

    But you did get find and lost draft picks

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

    Third time’s a charm man you can do it!

    Hint: Fined

  48. Um, you took off a tarp from your field too early before an AFC championship game when the league told you not to. If the Patriots did that today there would be an outcry so loud it would be heard in Japan. Stop pretending you are a choir boy old man.

  49. Shula has forgotten more about football than Bill-whats-his-face will ever know. Well..except how to cheat.. But thats different…

  50. This is a bitter old man that will probably yell at you to get off his lawn also. They may have won with class but they don’t show it now. All of those Miami Dolphins from the undefeated season act like Al Bundy talking about his high school football days. They are tarnishing their own accomplishments by their comments. Every team does things to push the envelope–even though this was indeed illegal–I bet every team does things along this line–they just haven’t got caught. I am not a Pats fan at all I suffer as a Bears fan–wish we could be that smart.

  51. Shula was kidding…Right? Stickum… Steroids… Donny give me a break

  52. Keep spinning and cherry-picking your quotes: Shula, Damien Woody, etc.

    You’re doing a great job.

  53. Shula has little room to talk after committing what is arguably the most overt act of cheating in league history when he purposely flooded the field before the AFC championship game turning the field into mud bowl negating the Jets strength of running the ball.

  54. Liar. Shula’s Dolphins got caught cheating and had to forfeit a 1st round pick to the Colts in 1970. Don Shula’s football opinions are past the expiration date.

  55. alfredogarciashead says:

    “Wow, the torrent of urine continues onto The Pats.”

    And deservedly so. They’re cheaters and their wins are tainted forever. Kraft, Belicheat, Brady–they’re not champions, just cheaters, and the whole world knows it.

  56. That is because players from the Shula era had bigger balls and did not need to deflate them.
    How does a 1st round talent tear an ACL on the first day of practice without contact.

  57. @skwaw

    The one you refer to as a “has been” had a premiere NFL career. Obviously the bitterness is coming from the one who never had same. Jealousy creates all kinds of misguided anger you know.

    If you knew what I did for a living, you’d crap your pants, bubble boy.
    .

  58. So tired of this guy and his ‘perfect’ flipping season. I’ll die a happy man if someone pelts him with a water balloon the next time they toast it.

  59. Don Shula and his Dolphins cheated for tampering against the Colts. Commissioner Rozelle blasted them with having to forfeit their 1971 1st round pick to the Colts for the tampering. Shula is a fool if he think people don’t remember or remember his other sins against football he waged as head of the competition committee.

  60. One For The Thumb says:
    May 9, 2015 1:01 PM

    Its not as bad as Jerry Rice tainting 5 championships with stick em, or the 49ers and Broncos tainting 3 championships by cheating the salary cap though.

    ————

    It is amazing how dumb a lot of you Pats fans are. You either don’t know football or you can’t read. This is like the 5th time I saw this posted by a Pats fan. Jerry Rice was only a part of 3 of the 5 9ers Superbowls.

    Plus, you guys are always getting other things wrong too like how you all keep posting how the penalty for messing with the footballs is only a $25000 fine. These are just a couple of the reasons people bash you all and don’t take anything you say seriously. I guess your extreme blind homerism gets in the way of thinking.

  61. All the NFL needs is a preponderance of guilt. The NFL set that precedent with the New Orleans Saints…..Sean Payton, because he should have known what was going on in his locker room, Belichick ?? according to Roger Goodell. G.M. Mickey Loomis, because he’s Payton’s boss, 4 players – 8 game suspension, and Asst. coach Joe Vitt, 6 game suspension, again, according to Roger Goodell, because he was there in the building. 2-3 draft picks taken, fine imposed. No evidence presented to the public of guilt by the New Orleans Saints, just hearsay. No text messages of collusion, as with the New England Patriots.

    A precedent was set by Commissioner Roger Goodell against the New Orleans Saints. How can the NFL do anything less to the Patriots, unless friendship to Robert Kraft is more important than fairness in the NFL’s punishment process. NFL fans are watching closely what the commissioner does, and which teams are afforded preferential treatment.

  62. Perfect season. Winningest coach in history. Yeah I’ll take your word on this Shula. You have always been the epitome of class and integrity. Thank you for nailing it.

  63. patriotsdefense says:
    May 9, 2015 2:31 PM

    Liar. Shula’s Dolphins got caught cheating and had to forfeit a 1st round pick to the Colts in 1970. Don Shula’s football opinions are past the expiration date.

    Either you’re honestly mistaken or you’re trying to cheat the truth.

    Your name hints at the latter.

    Shula wasn’t coach when that happened. The charge was tampering to hire Shula.

  64. deshunp91 says:
    May 9, 2015 2:21 PM

    If you believe this man is the greatest coach of all time you are crazy go check the stats this man isn’t in the same stratosphere as Bill Belicheck.

    You can’t compare them.

    Brady, Belicheck and the entire NE organization’s stats don’t matter since they are serial cheaters.

    One has to wonder if they’d ever have won anything.

    My guess is at best they’d be a poor man’s Bills and Brady a poor man’s Kelly.

  65. I side with the Patriots, not because I don’t think they cheated (the totally did) but because I get nauseated listening to hypocrites like Shula bloviate. Bellicheck is twice the coach Shula ever was and Shula knows it, otherwise, he wouldn’t keep be trying to make himself relevant by taking cheap shots like this.

  66. Yes Mr. Shula I am sure your players were angels and always followed all the rules just like the players in general nowadays. Give me a break, the fish that you caught always gets bigger as the years go by now doesn’t it. We as sports fans enjoy seeing the lofty fall and for the media this is like Christmas rush to a store.

  67. If you’re a patriots fan, you need to stop typing because your comments are as tainted as your SB wins.

    I really feel that the NFL needs to take the franchise away from Kraft. He has been the owner that has hurt the game more than any other in my lifetime.

    Everything about the Patriots on the news is always bad. From Hernandez, to spygate and now deflategate.

    Enough is enough..time for the league to step and and take this franchise from him before it’s to late.

  68. How many Miami Dolphins does it take to change a lightbulb? They don’t change light bulbs, they just sit around and talk about how great the light bulb was in 1972.

  69. Ya know…reading some Pats’ fans comments you’d think (or hope) that they were bogus plants to make Pats’s fans look bad. Sadly, however, I don’t think that’s the case.

  70. @higheriqthanyou says:
    Either you’re honestly mistaken or you’re trying to cheat the truth.

    Your name hints at the latter.

    Shula wasn’t coach when that happened. The charge was tampering to hire Shula.

    ———————–

    Stop and read the article. You’re the one trying to play with the facts. And you are utterly mistaken.

    The penalty had nothing to do with any previous Miami coach. The Dolphins and Shula broke the rules to get Shula to Miami. “In making his decision, Rozelle said his office concluded that circumstance of employment of Shula by the Dolphins violated league rules and policies of tampering.”

    Rozelle found them guilty on 3 counts of tampering:

    “1. By permitting a third party – not an employee of an NFL team – with their full knowledge to initiate contact with Shula and indicate possible terms, including ownership, to move from head coach of the Colts to head coach of the Dolphins.

    2. By beginning what constituted directly initial negotiations, without having contacted the Colts, by confirming to Shula their interest in hiring him, and by acknowledging ownership would be part of the employment agreement.

    3. By failing to make direct contact with the Colts ownership or management by Feb 18, the day the hiring was announced.”

    Shula and the Dolphins were guilty and forfeited their 1971 1st round pick.

  71. Here is the Shula link:

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2519&dat=19700414&id=hOZdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IF8NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3522,1855641&hl=en

    Guilty. And to make it even worse, the original contract made him part owner so you can stop trying to wiggle out of this one. The fine and punishment had nothing to do with any previous Dolphins coach. Shula knew the rules and he did it anyway. And the NFL found him and his new team guilty and hit him with the loss of a 1st round pick. #Facts

  72. If you want to bring up “Spygate” fine, that is a PROVEN offense by the Patriots. “Deflategate” is another story. “More probable then not” is a BS report which really means “We think they cheated but we can’t prove it”. Now people want Tom Brady to be suspended because it is “more probable then not” that he knew about tampering with the footballs. Thank God our criminal justice system is not based on “more probable then not” because a lot of people would be screwed. If you can’t prove it then you can’t levy a penalty, whether you think they cheated or not.

  73. Patriots Football = Spygate + Illegal spying against St. Louis practice before the Super Bowl game + Deflate gate

    Has there been any other organization with more cheating and controversy in the NFL?

  74. Don Shula ….. really?

    You know who you’re NOT hearing anything negative from???

    Bill Parcells
    Tony Dungy
    Mike Ditka
    Bill Cowher
    Jimmy Johnson

    Pretty much any great coach you can name.

    Because they all know this is a bunch of BS.

  75. Don Shula ….. really?

    You know who you’re NOT hearing anything negative from???

    Bill Parcells
    Tony Dungy
    Mike Ditka
    Bill Cowher
    Jimmy Johnson

    Pretty much any great coach you can name.

    Because they all know this is a bunch of BS.

  76. Every time Shula opens his mouth, he tarnishes that perfect season a little more. Football in the 70’s is not what it is today. You had your time and you did well, Coach, and you made the best of a cupcake schedule. Try to go out with some dignity and class, instead of bitterness.

  77. edawg7l says:
    May 9, 2015 1:38 PM
    I’m a little confused – what exactly makes Shula an amazing coach? He is so overrated.
    ——————————
    Born yeaterday? All-Time leader in Victories with 347 and dominated the AFC east for 25 years. His teams won seven NFL conference titles: 1964, 1968, 1971–73, 1982 and 1984. Shula also holds the distinction of having coached five different quarterbacks to Super Bowl appearances (Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall in 1968, Bob Griese in 1971, 1972 and 1973, David Woodley in 1982 and Dan Marino in 1984). So he didn’t ride the arm of a cheater or cheat himself.

  78. Hard to take a man seriously when he’s lecturing while he has a dirty diaper. And that pathetic 2-4 Super Bowl record in which your only 2 victories were against the SKOL Vikings and over the hill gang Redskins. At least his dementia has helped him forget all of his failings over the last half of his career.

  79. usg1 says:
    May 9, 2015 2:41 PM
    One For The Thumb says:
    May 9, 2015 1:01 PM

    Its not as bad as Jerry Rice tainting 5 championships with stick em, or the 49ers and Broncos tainting 3 championships by cheating the salary cap though.

    ————

    It is amazing how dumb a lot of you Pats fans are. You either don’t know football or you can’t read. This is like the 5th time I saw this posted by a Pats fan. Jerry Rice was only a part of 3 of the 5 9ers Superbowls.

    Plus, you guys are always getting other things wrong too like how you all keep posting how the penalty for messing with the footballs is only a $25000 fine. These are just a couple of the reasons people bash you all and don’t take anything you say seriously. I guess your extreme blind homerism gets in the way of thinking.

    —-

    Well, the Pats weren’t caught cheating prior to 2007 season and everyone wants to take away the Super Bowls from 2001-2004 . Why can we do the same to the 49ers? Seems logical.

  80. Jerry Rice admitted to using stickum on his gloves so he could catch the ball. One main reason Joe Cool had such a successful career in 49erville. Also in the texts it was apparent the refs overinflate the balls to 16#. Rice cheats, the refs cheat, the refs make bogus calls, the refs chose not to call obvious calls. The whole league has its content of BS every fan and team has to deal with. All you Patriots haters look like pathetic losers with all your nonsense. Coaches still put the play card over their mouths when calling in plays vs every team. You haters look like hypocritical idiots. Your team is not innocent. Your team is simply not under the media microscope like the Patriots, because no one cares about your team but you.

  81. Tell me that again in 10 years, Shula.

    Oh, right. Well, carve it into your tombstone

  82. If Brady does come out and apologize it would be a lot better for him and the Pats ala Ryan Braun after he got caught cheating.

  83. I don’t hate Don Shula. He was a great coach and one of the best in the history of the sport. More importantly, he made professional football a staple in Florida, and really his legacy is in the continued life of that franchise in that market. Without him, maybe they do what many other AFL start ups did and that is find a new home. Shula made that team great in the 1970’s and then with Marino made them one of the biggest tickets in football for 2 decades after.

    But for Shula to continue his attack, which are often without facts and void of logic and often hypocritical, on Belichick is imbalanced when you just do the slightest of digging. It wasn’t hard to find evidence of Shula and the Dolphins breaking the rules. There is more evidence and more stuff.

  84. He sure doesn’t covet his accomplishments with class, that’s for sure.

  85. So funny to see those Pats fans that cannot handle the truth that Don Shula never had to cheat and BB did.

  86. dukeearl – True Marino set a bunch of passing records but Shula never won a super bowl with Marino. He won his title without a passing game. Didn’t think I would have to spell that one out…

  87. So funny to see those Fins fans that cannot handle the truth that Don Shula had to cheat.

  88. “Well, as far as you know we didn’t, because we don’t actually have any proof.”

    Sorry Don, no one cares and you’re mostly forgotten.

  89. Tom Brady does not know if it was going to be a 38 point win or a 2 point win like the ones against the lowly Jets. He cheated for an edge. You beat Jets by 42 in regular season in 2010 then they beat you by 7 in divisional. Remember that whooping?

  90. people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,coach shula. You sound like an ass

  91. It is sooooo funny how the Cheating Patriots are out in force. Like him or not, Coach Shula is one of the Greatest Coaches ever, the Miami Dolphins remain the ONLY Undefeated Team and you cant change history. You can be sick of hearing about all you want, but the fact will still remain. They Dolphins did not cheat and the fine for violating changing teams as a Coach was before the Season of 1971 and never had anything to do with actual games. Easy schedule?? What the heck have the Patriots, Colts and Broncos been up to for the past 6-8 years? Not the Dolphins fault most teams sucked or were dominated. (See AfC East the past decade).

    Finally, a couple of myths need to be cleared up. their is no “Annual Champagne Celebration” (when the last team loses in a season). In fact, it is proven that this happened only a few times out of coincidence and if you look it up only one photo (which was a staged photo opp) shows up. It is a completely Media Made-Up Story that you sheep continue to repeat. Shula is an old man, they say stupid things, but their are 2 facts here…. Not one person on PFT has accomplished a fraction of a fraction of what this man accomplished in his life. The other is the Dolphins are remembered as the only Undefeated Team and the Patriots are Cheaters and will be remembered this way by everyone but delusional Homer Fans.

  92. If Shula is so “classy”, why would he even mention the Patriots and this recent scandal?

    If the media was like it is now back in the 70’s, the Dolphins would have had to deal with all kinds of stuff!! Miami was flooded with drugs back then and I’ll guarantee you Mercury Morris wasn’t the only
    snorting lines! Not to mention ‘roid usage!

  93. I’m sure Shula himself and players on his team did all sorts of little things to gain an advantage, including playing the Jets in an AFC title game in the Everglades instead of on a football field.

    I’m equally sure that no one cares, and, that like Jerry Rice’s admitted cheating, or the Steelers rampant PED program in the 1970’s, it is all excused, forgotten, ignored or otherwise minimized as unimportant by most NFL fans. Unless it is the Patriots, in which case it is the worst thing ever and the team should be disbanded.

  94. I’m 42, so Shula retired when I was about 22. I never saw Shula’s great teams from the early 70s. I did see his teams from the 80s. They were almost always just above average. I never considered him as the best coach in the league. He won so many games because he coached for a really long time. He gets the longevity award. Now he impresses me as bitter. He’s hated the Patriots ever since the snow plow game.

  95. It is only cheating if you get caught.
    Every organization at one time or another bends the rules up to the line.
    Take for instance, bringing in a player from another team’s practice squad just before you play that team.
    If you don’t think they ask that new player for any info on their prior team, you are crazy.

    Is that within the rules, yes. Do you think that honorable, to use a player in that fashion for inside info? Maybe.

  96. As a Bengals fan. I want to vomit every time I hear
    the name Shula. That might be the worse head coaching hire in NFL history! I don’t know what the hell the Bengals
    were thinking giving Dave Shula that job!

    Mike Brown: I’m looking at your resume. Dave Shula
    huh? Are you related to Don Shula?

    Dave Shula: Yeah, that’s my Dad.

    Mike Brown: Oh hell, you’re hired kid!

    19 wins
    52 losses

    Good job there!

  97. araidersfan says:
    May 9, 2015 1:55 PM

    I’m certainly not defending the Pats but Shula has ALWAYS liked to draw attention to himself (or express envy) by badmouthing others. The prime example in my mind was when he used accuse Al Davis in the media of watering down the field in Oakland to slow down the Miami receivers. Was it perhaps sour grapes because the Raiders under Madden & Flores used to own his team?

    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    …or a freudian slip because he did the exact same thing to the jets?

  98. Tampering penalties and the “Mud Bowl” show Shula should zip his hypocrite’s yap.

  99. Shula lost 50 games faster than any NFL coach in history (71 games).

    Off his wiki page. lol

  100. Brady did not turn his cell phone over, at the behest of the NFLPA. Obviously Goodell is Judge Jury and Executioner. The NFLPA decided that would set a terrible precedent on all of it’s players. Get your facts right.

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

    The NFLPA did not and can not keep Tom Brady from turning his cell phone over.
    Is the NFLPA going to replace his lost wages during the suspension?
    Do you think Tom Brady cares more about “terrible precedent” or possible millions in lost income?
    If Tom Brady had nothing to hide, trust me, he would have turned over the phone to protect his income and reputation. He could care less about precedent.

    Get a clue.
    ****************************************

    Here’s a clue for you.: Brady is a Union rep for the Patriots. He was communications with the NFLPA and Union leaders that the NFL has no business reading. He is also an international star with an even bigger international star wife. Can you imagine his contact list?
    And I don’t know about you, but no one is getting my phone without a warrant, and a fight. My personal information is on my phone, banking, passwords, emails, contacts names/numbers/addresses…
    No way I’d give up my right to privacy. Especially over a single psi of air pressure.

  101. The 85-year-old Shula has been retired for two decades, but he’s still fiercely protective of the legacy of his teams.

    Fiercely protective of this guy Don?

    At 6’5” 280 pounds, Jim Dunaway was a force to be reckoned with on the field. Jim has the unique privilege of being one of the individuals who played in the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team. In 1998, Jim’s wife, Nonniel Dunaway was found dead in a swimming pool. The result of the autopsy showed that she had a fractured skull and was unconscious prior to being put into the half full swimming pool. Jim was the primary suspect for the murder and was later arrested. However, the grand jury felt there was not enough evidence for an indictment, so Jim walked away scot-free. However, in 2002 his children filed civil wrongful death charges against him and received damages to the order of $500,000.

  102. whodey420 says:
    May 9, 2015 5:32 PM

    The 85-year-old Shula has been retired for two decades, but he’s still fiercely protective of the legacy of his teams.

    Fiercely protective of this guy Don?

    At 6’5” 280 pounds, Jim Dunaway was a force to be reckoned with on the field. Jim has the unique privilege of being one of the individuals who played in the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team. In 1998, Jim’s wife, Nonniel Dunaway was found dead in a swimming pool. The result of the autopsy showed that she had a fractured skull and was unconscious prior to being put into the half full swimming pool. Jim was the primary suspect for the murder and was later arrested. However, the grand jury felt there was not enough evidence for an indictment, so Jim walked away scot-free. However, in 2002 his children filed civil wrongful death charges against him and received damages to the order of $500,000.
    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    …heh, ‘more likely than not’ lol

  103. gimmeabruschi says: “Tampering penalties and the “Mud Bowl” show Shula should zip his hypocrite’s yap.”

    1.) ‘Tampering’ penalties were assessed, when Pete Rosell RELUCTANTLY concluded that the rule stated the OPERATING OWNER needed to be informed of Shula talking to another team…. though Pete found it hard to believe (as would anyone) that Caroll Rosenbloom’s own son (and president of the Colts at the time) who was DEFINITELY informed of Shula’s talks with Joe Robbie, didn’t inform his father of that fact, while Caroll vacationed in the far east. In other words… exactly opposite of anything the Patriots have gotten away with for a decade and half…. the letter of the law was upheld despite the spirit of it having been obeyed.

    2.) I find it hilarious, that a Patriots fan, (usually of higher intelligence – though about 15 times the SMUG) would agree with Jets fans… in concluding that the THIRD TIME THE DOLPHINS DEFEATED THE JETS in the same season, was because of a muddy field. lol

  104. May 9, 2015 4:56 PM
    If it’s more than 2 games Brady sues the league and that should be excellent entertainment.
    ___________________________

    He won’t sue. Then his cell phone records become evidence, and he is obviously hiding something.

  105. mben35 says:
    May 9, 2015 5:27 PM
    Brady did not turn his cell phone over, at the behest of the NFLPA. Obviously Goodell is Judge Jury and Executioner. The NFLPA decided that would set a terrible precedent on all of it’s players. Get your facts right.

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

    The NFLPA did not and can not keep Tom Brady from turning his cell phone over.
    Is the NFLPA going to replace his lost wages during the suspension?
    Do you think Tom Brady cares more about “terrible precedent” or possible millions in lost income?
    If Tom Brady had nothing to hide, trust me, he would have turned over the phone to protect his income and reputation. He could care less about precedent.

    Get a clue.
    ****************************************

    Here’s a clue for you.: Brady is a Union rep for the Patriots. He was communications with the NFLPA and Union leaders that the NFL has no business reading. He is also an international star with an even bigger international star wife. Can you imagine his contact list?
    And I don’t know about you, but no one is getting my phone without a warrant, and a fight. My personal information is on my phone, banking, passwords, emails, contacts names/numbers/addresses…
    No way I’d give up my right to privacy. Especially over a single psi of air pressure.
    ====================================
    That’s a lengthy post. You can read it over and over to kill time once Brady and BB are suspended for a year!

  106. Spygate was going on years. They never admitted it.
    Godell was pissed.
    Shady never lied to Kraft.
    Kraft demanded an apology and tried to bluff The NFL.
    Godell was pissed.
    1 year suspension. Pay back. Book it.

  107. If my entire career that I gave blood, sweat and tears to was in jeopardy of being tarnished, I would gladly give up my cell phone to clear my name. Unless I had something to hide.

    – Patriots fan

  108. realnflfan2015 says:
    May 9, 2015 6:00 PM

    Spygate was going on years. They never admitted it.
    ————————————————————-
    Of course it was going on for years – it was not made illegal until 2007.

  109. I’m equally sure that no one cares, and, that like Jerry Rice’s admitted cheating, or the Steelers rampant PED program in the 1970’s, it is all excused, forgotten, ignored or otherwise minimized as unimportant by most NFL fans. Unless it is the Patriots, in which case it is the worst thing ever and the team should be disbanded.

    It’s trolls like this homer that cause people to hate the Patricheats and I think people hate the fans more than the team. The team likes to cheat but the fans prefer to ignore the facts and make up fantasies to fit their spin. Bringing up Jerry Rice, and the Steelers is an attempt to divert attention and minimize the fact the Pats have cheating in their DNA. Sorry Carlos don’t disband the team just duct taped the homers mouths like you and things will be just peachie.

  110. Today’s version of the NFL is a sissy-filled scrum of prima donna’s compared to the old school guys like Shula, who literally defined the game. I’m a Steeler fan. But Goodell, Brady, Belichick and company are filth compared to the men of the NFL yesteryear. The pussified rule changes, the sub-par refs, the faux injuries, the NFL is a JOKE today compared to what the players and coaches went through up to about 1990. Brady would have been whining and out of the game compared to what Dan Pastorini or Johnny Unitas went through. He’s a frickin marshmallow…. compared to those guys. MAD Props to Shula, and the era he helped to dominate. Belicheat would have been scorned by his own players in the heyday of the NFL!

  111. Let’s all see who wins next year. Think your team is going to fare well against New England next season. Think again. I bet Coach Drula is even scared.

  112. All the crying in the world won’t make your team Super Bowl Champs!!!! Haha!!!

    Keep crying over hand signals and 1 PSI! Losers make excuses like Money Mayweather said!

  113. Translation Belichick is making me irrelevant with all his Super Bowl wins, regular season wins and post season wins

  114. Ah, Don Shula. One of the most over rated coaches in NFL history as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care how many games he won.
    He lost the biggest game in NFL history when the Jets stunned his Colts despite being 18 point under dogs. That game forced the NFL to merge with the AFL, and that’s why the game was so important.

    Anyone remember what Shula did before the Jets/Dolphins playoff game in 1982? They had torrential rain for 3 days and on the morning of the game, yet he didn’t order their field covered. On the contrary, he ordered them not to cover it. When the Jets showed up, they realized they lost the biggest advantage of speed they had over the Dolphins because the field was a mud bowl. It turned into a defensive struggle and the Dolphins won 14 to 0.

    Let us not forget Shula was a leading member of the competition committee for years, either. He always made sure that there were rules favorable to his Dolphins which were added.

    Shula won 2 championships in 36 years of coaching. Yes, he won tons of divisional titles and appeared in the Super Bowl 6 times. And yes, he has more wins than anyone. But only 2 championships in all those years? His failure to give Dan Marino help at running back for so many years is a huge negative on Shula, as far as I’m concerned.

    Shula is 85 now and I hope he lives to be 100. But anything he says about the Patriots or Belichick is totally irrelevant.

  115. While it is true that the Partiots are classless cheaters and never won anything fair iun their history, Don Shula sounds like the perfect Patsd fan with his crying and his denial.

    Dude couldn’t win a Super Bowl with Dan Marino.

  116. The 70s Dolphins with Bob Griese only thru the ball 7-12 times a game so no need to deflate anything. Csonk, Kiick, Morris and a good defense were the reason Miami was any good. Their passing game and Griese were the most over rated thing part of the NFL of the 70s. Griese in the HoF is a joke, only a game manager.

  117. This guy couldn’t beat a Pats team coached by Ray Berry and QBed by Steve Grogan in the 1985 AFC CG in his own stadium!!!!!

    Now he’s talking smack 30 years later. Priceless

  118. Jeff Blake just said that QBs have been deflating balls for 20 years. No article. Vikings and Falcons heated game balls, which is cheating? No article. Browns and Falcons both cheated last season, 1 day of coverage.

    A report comes out with no proof but says it’s pretty sure that Brady took air out of a ball, and ignores that in the same game the Colts also had lower than legal psi balls. SCANDAL! Sports media is such a joke.

  119. Typical Shula bitterness over anything having to do with the Patriots. If you keep listening to him he’ll start mumbling on about Mark Henderson and the snow plow game.

    Show some class, Donny boy! Before long Coach B.B., the Dark Lord, will be in the HoF right beside you but with more wins and more Super Bowls than you could ever dream of having.

    It’s not over until the ex-convict plows…

  120. Gotta feed the Pats dung trolls with this one. Since they have no defense on the real issue. Deflect and show true colors.

  121. Winning is way more important that integrity. So sayeth the Patriot fans.
    Loser fans of a loser team. Hope your all proud of your legacy

  122. It must have been nice not to have been a coach in the days of text messaging, cameras watching your every move, the internet rumor mill and the 24 hour news cycle, right Don? I’d love to know what your teams were up to back then, but we’ll never know because there isn’t any evidence. I guess we’ll have to take you at your word about what a stand-up guy you are and how honestly your teams competed.

  123. All you wonderful people that hate the Pats can you please show me the Asterix on the Super Bowl’s clowns

  124. firegoodellnow says:
    May 9, 2015 6:39 PM

    Today’s version of the NFL is a sissy-filled scrum of prima donna’s compared to the old school guys like Shula, who literally defined the game. I’m a Steeler fan. But Goodell, Brady, Belichick and company are filth compared to the men of the NFL yesteryear. The pussified rule changes, the sub-par refs, the faux injuries, the NFL is a JOKE today compared to what the players and coaches went through up to about 1990. Brady would have been whining and out of the game compared to what Dan Pastorini or Johnny Unitas went through. He’s a frickin marshmallow…. compared to those guys. MAD Props to Shula, and the era he helped to dominate. Belicheat would have been scorned by his own players in the heyday of the NFL!

    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    another nostalgic fan of the ‘good ol’ days’…all the incarnations of the MIGHTY PATS under belichick would beat the ’72 perfect tuna team silly, at home or on the road, complete with flooded field

    heck, even the raiders could take ’em…

  125. There is nothing wrong with getting a little edge anyway you can. ~~~ Lance Armstrong

  126. Let’s not forget about the “Mud Bowl” playoff game against the Jets. Look it up folks. This guy is a fraud.

  127. And his teams never went 18-0. No team had ever done that before. And certainly not against a schedule that had at least 10 games against winning teams.

    I hope I get to see him finally shut up. And I hope Belichick get’s to see it as well. You know, the same guy who has as many Super Bowl appearances, and more wins as a head coach than Shula?

    Yeah, that guy.

  128. blisi57 says:
    May 9, 2015 9:48 PM
    All you wonderful people that hate the Pats can you please show me the Asterix on the Super Bowl’s clowns
    ——————————

    No need, everyone knows who the pats are, cheating scumbags, and always have been. No one respects the pats, no matter how many SB’s they when, no one but the delusional pats fans will ever have any respect for them… ever.

    History will have far more respect for Shula than belichick, that’s guaranteed.

  129. Good thing your opinion doesn’t matter… HOF voters say it doesn’t impact anything…because they are not irrational like you.

    “Nothing about Deflategate, including the anticipated NFL sanctions, changes my opinion on Tom Brady. He’s a Hall of Famer,” said Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “And I won’t hesitate to vote for him as soon as he’s eligible. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, and I have no interest in downgrading him because he may have been part of something here — deflating footballs — that’s the football equivalent of a MLB pitcher scuffing a baseball. A misdemeanor at best. And erratically enforced.”

    mister305miami says:
    May 9, 2015 1:46 PM
    Truth hurts the Pats fans. Face it .. All the success in the Brady era is tainted. Caught cheating more than any franchise in the last 20 years. Don’t like it, cry to the Pats organization. They will always be tainted.

  130. Guilty. And to make it even worse, the original contract made him part owner so you can stop trying to wiggle out of this one. The fine and punishment had nothing to do with any previous Dolphins coach. Shula knew the rules and he did it anyway. And the NFL found him and his new team guilty and hit him with the loss of a 1st round pick. #Facts

    Please tell us how Shula and the Dolphins were breaking the rules when they tried to hire Shula.

    I understand when your team’s entire history is as
    valid as Lance Armstrong’s Tour Victories or Bond’s home run record but it is what it is.

    Your team’s a poor man’s Bills and Brady a poor man’s Kelly.

  131. I am so freaking sick of these old D-bags tryin to tell us they were the best team ever, when they played two teams with winning records the entire regular season. TWO. Shut up and rack up the mah jongg Shula you old fool.

  132. Guess this old OVERATED turd won’t shut up till they close the lid on him and lower him down about 6 feet. Trying to stay relevant I guess,,,,,,but not working.

  133. Hey Don Shula, You’re an old fat man and if your agent or wife was smart they’d tell you to shut up.

    You talk cheating, but don’t you remember when you coached the then Baltimore Colts you tampered and listened to the Miami Dolphins and signed with the Dolphins…

    Don, people in glass houses…

  134. It is cruel to quote Coach Shula these days. Let’s remember him as the square jawed champion who adapted to changes over time almost better than anyone else. Except perhaps his own. Hey, as a Patriots fan, thanks Coach for the greatness. Yes, you’re right, Coach.

  135. All the people who are screaming steroids do realize that the game is still full of juiced up players right? Ever find it funny that baseball is always catching people but the nfl never catches anyone? You mean to tell me it’s natural for a 6’5″ 300 lbs man to run and move like these guys do? C’mon man?!?!

  136. All you complaining that the Dolphins stole Don Shula from the Colts are obviously too young to realize that the Colts were in the NFL, the Dolphins were in the competing league the AFL, the two leagues had not joined together yet at the time that Shula left Baltimore.

    So technically there was NO tampering. Since the leagues did join that same year but only after Shula left, and then the league decided to fine Miami, ex post facto. Shula got a better offer.

    And as far as cheating goes, how about the Dolphins drafting Jim Grabowski as the first picked player in the draft in 1966 and instead of playing with Miami he went to the Green Bay Packers instead? Grabowski got a better offer!

  137. All these times caught cheating. So many more they got away with. Even one the most respected coaches of all time had to call them out on it at 85 yrs old. He has nothing to hide…the Patriots do though.

  138. 6ball says:
    May 9, 2015 2:36 PM

    @skwaw

    The one you refer to as a “has been” had a premiere NFL career. Obviously the bitterness is coming from the one who never had same. Jealousy creates all kinds of misguided anger you know.

    If you knew what I did for a living, you’d crap your pants, bubble boy.

    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    well i wouldn’t. about that career…let me guess–menacing and intimidating internet trolls?

  139. Don Shula is a joke of coach.
    The only reason that the media thinks that is an all time greatest coach is because of that 1 year the Dolphins went undeated. But when you look at their opponents and the records the teams that they played were not that good at all. They played the following:

    Team 1971 Final Record

    KC 10-3
    Houston Oilers 4-9-1
    Vikings 11-3
    Jets x 2 6-8
    Chargers 6-8
    Bills 1-13
    Colts x2 10-4
    Pats X 2 6-8
    Cardinals 4-9-1
    Giants 4-10
    ———————————
    WINS 62
    LOSSES 75
    TIES 2

    The quality of the opponents were not as good but I think there were. Actually only three good team that they played the rocker in time to see you the rest had losing records from the previous ceiling right but yet he and 72 Dolphins are immortalized.

    Even w/the “GREAT DAN MARINO” he couldn’t get a ring.

  140. feadshipman says:
    May 10, 2015 6:55 AM
    All you complaining that the Dolphins stole Don Shula from the Colts are obviously too young to realize that the Colts were in the NFL, the Dolphins were in the competing league the AFL, the two leagues had not joined together yet at the time that Shula left Baltimore.

    So technically there was NO tampering. Since the leagues did join that same year but only after Shula left, and then the league decided to fine Miami, ex post facto. Shula got a better offer.
    ————-
    NFL said different since the Dolphins (and Shula) lost a 1st round draft pick.

  141. Yeah 6ball I am quaking in my boots. Whatever you do I sure it’s all in your head.

    There isn’t a thing that you do are say to faze me.

  142. The facts: Dolphins owner Joe Robbie called Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom, who was in Asia. Rosenbloom’s son, Steve, the Colts’ general manager, took the call. Son said he would contact father. Son called back and gave Robbie permission to talk with Shula.

    When Robbie hired Shula, Papa Rosenbloom threw a fit. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle ruled Rosenbloom technically hadn’t been contacted by Robbie and so penalized him.

    Shula didn’t break any rule!

  143. snaxdsp says: One good season as a coach and he thinks he is the end all be all of football. Smh

    Hey look… I get it. You hero is under siege (whether deservedly or not). But for gods sake… to reduce a career of a man who averaged 10 wins a season for 33 years to “one good season” doesn’t help. Just makes you look ignorant.

  144. Before the 1983 AFC Championship game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, Miami coach Don Shula* refused to cover the field during a monsoon in order to create a muddy field with the hopes of slowing down the Jets’ high powered offense. The Dolphins won 14-0 and the infamous game was nicknamed the “Mud Bowl”.

    Said Jets coach Walt Michaels: “The only thing I know is the rules. I can’t understand it. The constitution of the National Football League requires each team to have a tarpaulin available to protect a field from rain or snow.”

  145. This old man had the entire prime of Dan Marino in which to win a Super Bowl, or at least return for one more, and couldn’t get it done. He’s apparently been senile for a very long time now.

  146. panache67, there’s only one possible answer to such nonsense: J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!

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