Belichick delivers a lecture when asked about NFL’s rules

AP

One of the biggest misconceptions about Patriots coach Bill Belichick is that he just grumbles one-word answers at his press conference. In reality, Belichick is one of the most articulate and insightful NFL coaches — at least when he’s asked about a topic he wants to discuss.

Today’s media session in New England was a good example of that. Belichick was asked about the missed call at the end of Monday night’s Lions’ Seahawks game, and although some might assume Belichick would answer with something along the lines of, “I’m focused on our own game on Sunday,” Belichick actually answered with a detailed, thoughtful response that lasted more than eight minutes.

“I think it’s a really good question, but it would entail probably a pretty lengthy answer,” Belichick began. “There are so many different levels that that question encompasses. Let’s start with rookies coming into the league. The first thing we do is teach them the rules in the National Football League and in particular make them aware of the changes between the college rules and the pro rules, which there are a significant number. And we don’t really assume because we have no way of knowing how educated or uneducated they are on the rules, if they even are the same between the two – between college and professional football. So, it starts there.”

Belichick then detailed how his players and his coaches learn the intricacies of the rules through offseason meetings with officials, question-and-answer sessions with representatives from the league office, and sessions with each position coach explaining the intricacies of the rules relevant to the players at each position.

“Obviously, the offensive guard doesn’t have to know everything about pass interference and vice versa, but it’s important for them to know the things in their position and how the game is being officiated. And then those things are also pointed out in various other team or individual settings as they become pertinent over the course of the year, whether it be a particular play or particular opponent or that type of thing. And then I talk to the team on a regular basis on situational plays, which involve officiating, timing, utilization of timeouts and so forth and so on, so that’s probably on a regular basis from training camp all the way through the end of the season – call it once a week or something like that – somewhere in that vicinity. Sometimes it’s more than that, but always trying to keep our team aware of situations, and a lot of times we change the situation a little bit just to extend the conversation about a play. So this is what happened, but if something else or if they hadn’t had timeouts or if the ball was here, or the ball was there, just try to understand and comprehend totally what we’re doing from a team standpoint or an individual situation. The whole sideline, ball security, whistle, all those kind of ball possession plays, those are very important for everybody to understand and we stress those a lot. Any time the ball is loose, like it was in last night’s game, try to make sure everybody understands what they can do, what they can’t do. And of course once you get into the kicking game, you can multiply everything that happens on offense and defense exponentially because you not only have the possession plays, but then you have all the plays that happen when the ball is kicked, and those rules sometimes are, well they are different than plays of possession like a runner or a receiver or a returner who’s carrying the ball. There is the whole handling of the ball and the kick and did it cross the line of scrimmage and so forth and so on. It’s a lot for the officials to understand, it’s a lot for the coaches to understand, and it’s a lot for the players to understand. But in the end we try to look at the rule book as a useful tool, something that can benefit us if we know what we have to work with, how to make the best of a situation based on the way the rules are written and try to maximize our opportunities there. But that being said, there is still a lot happening in a short amount of time. It’s challenging for all of us – players, coaches and officials. I don’t know if that really answers your question. We could probably talk about that one for weeks.”

Belichick certainly could.

121 responses to “Belichick delivers a lecture when asked about NFL’s rules

  1. That’s how he knows how to get over on the rules and I’m not even mad about it. The first step to being able to do anything is being informed and I’ve done the same thing on other levels, like school.

  2. Statements like this are why BB is the best coach that ever existed.

    I hate the pats with a passion, but I would have gladly traded head coaches with him at any point including after spygate (deflategate was legitimately something he wouldn’t have known or cared about).

    I would be curious to see how he performs without Brady long term. I thought his coaching job the year Brady got hurt was amazing. Yes he had some blunders (Gronk on extra points), but the guy had balls to try new things.

  3. We have been so lucky/spoiled to have him as a coach for this long.when you look around the league and see the clown show that most teams are it really hits home… Thank god I was born a Pats fan.

  4. goat. And just a fantastic football mind and excellent teacher.

    Find me a former player who has said otherwise.

  5. It’s easier to break the rules when you know them, I guess. The guy has the class of an infected wart.

  6. .
    Belichick has little time for those who want to discuss personalities, or expect him to countermand a diagnosis by Dr Andrews. However if you want to discuss topics such as the benefits of a two tight end or five wide offense, he’s an excellent teacher.
    .

  7. The fact of the matter is Belichick practiced the batted ball situation and made sure his team was aware of the rule.

    That level of detail is one of the reasons why he’s the greatest coach in NFL history.

  8. We Patriots fans have been saying this for years. When the media asks him dumb, repetitive questions, he just mumbles at them and doesn’t say anything, and I love it. BUT…if he’s asked a thoughtful, legitimate football question, he’ll talk about it in depth. The man just doesn’t like wasting his time with the usual crap.

  9. BB should be running the NFL. He knows the game and rules much better than NFL management, owners, officials and all the other HC and their staffs.

  10. schilhater says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:29 PM
    He definitely knows how to break the rules ****

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    Haha. Belichick basically just showed you the main reason why the Pats win – preparation. And the best you can do is make some sad reference to cheating.

    That is the difference. You make excuses while winners prepare.

  11. One of the best – keep hating or enjoy the show while it lasts – every Sunday, you get to peak into the mind of one of the best ever just by turning on your TV.

    I only wish I had seen Lombardi and other legends

  12. The play where the Detroit punt returner had the ball go though his hands into the end zone and thought he had to bring it out was one play I thought Bill would be pointing out to his guys. It should have been take a knee and get the ball at the 20 but instead they started at the 9 and lost 2 yards on 1st and ten and punted on fourth down because the player either didn’t know the rule or could not judge if he had possession. Clearly he didn’t have possession.

  13. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit there is no head coach in his league.

    Other teams cry cheating all the time, but the fact is that Belichick and his staff and players are just better prepared than everyone else.

  14. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit there is no head coach in his league.

    Other teams cry cheating all the time, but the fact is that Belichick and his staff and players are just better prepared than everyone else.

  15. Think the Jets can match up with them better than most teams this year…D/L and secondary against their offense. Heavy dose of Ivory and passes to Marshall or Decker (whichever gets singled), against their D. Close games last year. In one of them Pats needed a ridiculous catch by Amendola at the end to squeek it out. Bring it on!

  16. schilhater says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:29 PM
    He definitely knows how to break the rules ****
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    Raiders definitely know how to lose.

  17. The outsiders call it cheating because they cannot fathom being so prepared. Belichick is light years ahead of everyone else in the league.

  18. With the complexity of the rule book, the other 31 teams need to hire a team of lawyers like the Patriots do to constantly study the rule book and find all the loopholes

  19. Wow. Impressive. Most coaches that say I dont have time to answer that question, are just dodging the question.

    With Hoodie i actually believe him. The complexity in the answer alone is fantastic. No one knows the rules like Hoodie and his team.

    This is exactly why the Patriots play so smart. Teachers like this, as long as you are paying attention and can apply it, are ahead of 100% of the other teams. And no I am not a Patriots fan, but admire the duo of Belichick n Brady. I think the best head coach QB combo of all time.

  20. As a Patriots fan, I really saw the the reaction to the Ravens’ playoff game last year as the ultimate in foolishness. Bill knows the rules. He takes advantage of the rules. Harbaugh, a guy he helped get his head coaching gig, has a melt-down because he doesn’t know the rules and can’t stand being one-upped, and runs on the field.

    The nation supports Harbaugh, calls out Belichick, and the NFL change the rule in the winter meetings. The situation almost surely led to deflategate and the league’s witch-hunt against Brady. All because Bill and Brady are smarter and execute better than the mass of men. The crowd grabs their pitchforks and yells “crucify him”.

    I am not joking. It’s the Athenians going after Socrates, the Catholic Church going after Galileo, and the English authorities going after Alan Turing. People still don’t get that Belichick doesn’t cheat. He just prepares.

  21. First off, I am a die hard Broncos fan. But all of the Detroit players that were making negative comments about the missed call after the game need to accept that their lack of understanding of this rule contributed to the problem here.

    Belichick is the only coach in the league prior to all of this media attention that I am confident would have immediately been lobbying for the flag if this happened to his team and due to his preparation and knowledge of the rules, the refs would have most likely huddled up, he would have gotten the call and his team would have won the game.

  22. So many people ask how we would have done without Brady. Besides Joe Gibbs, name a coach who has really succeeded long term without a great QB. Walsh had Montana, Landry had Staubach, Noll had Bradshaw, Madden had ssStabler, Johnson had Aikman, Lombardi had Starr, etc etc. The two go hand in hand

  23. No, winninaintsinnin he never said he didn’t know the PSI levels. At press conference #1, he didn’t know precisely what level Tom liked the balls at. He never said he didn’t know the regulation PSI levels weren’t between 12.5-13.5. All he said was he didn’t know Tom’s preference.

    He also didn’t know how 11/12 balls lost 2 PSI of air pressure b/c THAT NEVER HAPPENED.

    At press conference #2, he learned everything he could about how footballs lose PSI during cold, rain & use. He knew what PSI level Tom liked, what level the balls were set at. He even stated the balls deflated, not identically.

    The entire Deflategate scandal is a joke. It never happened. 2 out of context texts out of 1000 sent between 2 ball boys isn’t proof. Every impartial scientist in the world has backed the Pats version of things. Tom Brady testified UNDER OATH that he, nor anyone in Pats organization did anything wrong.

    The NFL presented NO evidence Brady lied. In fact, they admitted in court they had NO evidence of foul play. Exponent concluded in the Wells Report there was NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE of tampering. And a Judge ruled the entire process used to convict Brady was unfair and violated the CBA.

    And the ONLY evidence of lying was when Judge Berman unsealed the appeal transcript and GOODELL was proven to have lied about Tom Brady’s testimony.

    Haters continue to hate, but Belichick is one of the greatest Coaches in NFL history and every one of you haters secretly wish he was your coach.

  24. There’s Bill Belicheck on one level..
    and there’s everyone else.

    The man’s a football Einstein…all you Patriot haters would love to have him coach you’re team…so quit the hating and all the stupid sheet y’all been spouting..

  25. rob1729 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:50 PM
    Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit there is no head coach in his league.

    Um no, I don’t. Any smart person knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are 32 head coaches in the NFL.

  26. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Oct 6, 2015 8:13 PM
    Serial cheater

    ______________

    7 plays in the first game of 2007 is ALL you have.

    It’s not like he tripped someone on the sideline during a return or anything.

  27. What I don’t get is why this isn’t the standard for all coaches? In most businesses in the real world everyone does this – know the “rules” of your “sport” and educate your “team” on how to try and be better than your competition.

    This isn’t rocket science people. Teaching an AP Clerk the best practice for optimizing the flow of invoices has just about as many permutations as what typically happens in a football game, and that is a low level position in most offices.

    What makes coaching difficult is dumbing things down for most jocks and then motivating those same guys to kill the other team.

  28. schilhater says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:29 PM
    He definitely knows how to break the rules ****

    ***********************
    Its too bad the internet allows you to show such disrespect to a legend

  29. I am not a Patriots fan……but I am a fan of perfection and/ or the pursuit of perfection. As a kid I loved to watch UCLA basketball and
    Coach Wooden’s pursuit of victory. Secretariat ….undefeated football
    teams…Tiger Woods at his best….I believe America loves to see a team or player achieve perfection ( or get as close is possible.)
    Like him or not Coach Belichick is as close to the best coach in history
    as possible. This is my opinion …I’m sure many will disagree. It is obvious he possesses a work ethic like none other. He demands all from his staff while demanding more from himself. He leaves no
    stone unturned. His work ethic is remarkable. Sometimes it is hard
    to recognize an opponents achievements and it is easy to point
    other issues like deflate gate ….but those types of efforts do not
    last or allow victory to the level Coach Belichick has achieved. Just
    give him credit.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:43 PM

    Chess, checkers.

    Cheaters, honesty…the first is the Pat’s the second isn’t.
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    When you need to explain your witty statement, it’s not witty.

  31. It’s not against the rules to have your running back intentionally soil himself so the other team is reluctant to tackle him. Nobody does this because it’s not in the “spirit of the game” and is detrimental to it’s integrity. However, if Bill were to be the first Pats fans would call him a genius…And the other coaches “dumb” for not “knowing the rules.” They would cry “conspiracy” and “whiners” when a rule is made preventing it in the future. There’s a lesson in that Pat fans….just because it’s not illegal – doesn’t make it right.

  32. jetsfan136 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 7:52 PM

    Think the Jets can match up with them better than most teams this year…D/L and secondary against their offense. Heavy dose of Ivory and passes to Marshall or Decker (whichever gets singled), against their D. Close games last year. In one of them Pats needed a ridiculous catch by Amendola at the end to squeek it out. Bring it on!
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    It will be a good match up against a 2015 Jets team and coaching staff that deserves and commands respect.

  33. It’s really too bad people can’t look past their irrational hatred and recognize what a brilliant football mind he is.

    If you’re a football fan, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you can’t appreciate what you see. He’s made mistakes, sure. But time and time again he consistently proves he knows more than just about everyone else when it comes to this game. Scream about him being a cheater all you want. It’s your loss.

  34. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Oct 6, 2015 8:13 PM

    “Serial cheater”

    Everyone says 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk=Serial loser!

  35. Very eloquent. It’s moments like this were old bill seems human, and you can see just how knowledgablehe is about the game. And yet he has these moments where he has lapses in memory concerning the rules. Spy gate, deflate gate ring a bell? Belichick knows all, smartest coach in the game, practices for every rule, every nuance…….. And Yet he didn’t know the proper inflation of a football? You know that thing which is the most important piece of equipment in the game.? Belichick denied knowing what the proper inflation was for a football immediately after the AFC championship game. He also said he misinterpreted the rule about filming from the sidelines, but now we know he had pats employees pretending to work for the media, and lieing about what they were filming? So which is it, he is a genius who practices for every game situation, or he doesn’t know the rule about proper inflation, and misinterpreted telling Patriot employees to disguise themselves and tape the other team? He is a genius, because he’s manipulating everyone around the NFL. He’s the puppet master and everyone is buying his act.

  36. Al Davis should’ve hired him as HC when he had him in for an interview, years ago.

    The Raiders would have a double-digit SB ring count.

    William and the Raiders would’ve been beautiful to watch.

  37. Almost sorry he let some light slip under the door, it was more fun when all the trolls and opponents just assume he’s a sullen grump. No, none of you know the right questions to ask him. He has thousands of possibilities memorized in case they ever come up in a game, and you spend 3 months asking him about deflated footballs. It’s like forcing Einstein to answer questions from kindergarteners.

  38. I am convinced that Coach Belichek loves the team building, situational teaching and game planning better than ANYTHING else about football. That includes WINNING, sure he loves having his team accept the Lombardi, but he seems to love the process of building a new team the following year. He is a master at finding players with a “particular set of skills” and then preparing them for what they are going to face in the upcoming game. Sad that so many revile him…there is no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the greatest coaches of all time. He is the Lombardi of the current era.

  39. There’s Belichick and then there’s everyone else. I mean, really. How can anyone not see how far superior he is than his peers? Why do the Pats sustain success? It’s right there in front of your face.

  40. And there’s your difference haters. Hate all you want. But if that play happened against the Pats, BB pulls the officials aside and informs them that batting a ball out of the end zone is illegal and the Pats should get the ball back; they confer and get the call correct.

    Jim Caldwell hangs his head, walks off the field oblivious until the next morning when he picks up his local sports page and says, “Wait, what the….!? You mean he’s not allowed to do that!?!”

  41. The first thing I said to my wife last night was, Belichick would have gone absolutely ballistic as soon as Wright knocked that ball out.

    The league will miss this dude when he’s gone.

  42. Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    Oct 6, 2015 8:42 PM
    Zzzzzzz…Lombardi or Halas would have this guy for breakfast.

    ———

    Lombardi and Halas were great motivators of men that played a tough game. Belichick is a professional leader of millionaire athletes in the most complex sport to coach on the planet. Nothing is the same since Halas and Lombardi coached. Those Packer Championship teams of the 60’s would lose 100-0 against the current Packers.

  43. Can’t stand Belichick as a Dolphins fan, but as a fan of the NFL, he’s absolutely right about the “review everything” stance.

    I understand the NFL needs some complicated rules for some complicated situations, but it has gotten way too convoluted. Rules need to be evaluated all the time to see what does, and doesn’t make sense. A lot of rules have come to light lately that don’t make a ton of sense when applied. Those rules should be revised or replaced, and Belichick is right about that need for additional consideration.

  44. Here’s what Bill said: we will know the rules and use the rules to the best of our ability and will be students of them always. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the benchmark coach of our era – Bill Belichick.

  45. All these you know-it-alls calling BB the GOAT, it tells how little they know about football. Gibbs won a SB with THREE different QBs, Walsh, Landry, and Lombardi literally revolutionized the game with their strategies…and BB won a lot of games with an all-time QB. What makes him the GOAT? The fact that he is the best coach you’ve seen recently? Idiots.

  46. Not calling timeout when the SeaChickens appeared destined to score (and run out the clock) in the Super Bowl changed my whole perception of him.

    Best non-call ever.

  47. Why are people acting like he just said something revolutionary and insightful? It just sounds like a bunch of common sense and an attempt to sound intelligent. People are brainwashed by the media.

  48. I am convinced the back judge did not know the rule, that’s why he didn’t throw a flag.

    No question Belichick would informed the refs of the correct rule if he was coaching Detroit.

    Many coaches and players don’t want to put in the work and preparation that happens on Patriots teams. And then they and their fans find it much easier to just sit back and blame all their failures on somebody else. It couldn’t possibly their fault they suck. HA!

  49. Yeah, THIS is the guy thats violating the integrity of the game, the guy that the league has tried to humiliate. He knows more about the game and has more class then all those unethical fools put together. he’s good and he tries really hard. that why he is successful, not because of taping 6 plays of a game in 2007 or some footballs that werent deflated.

  50. The main difference between your coach and Bill Belichick…

    Belichick is the ultimate teacher and master of preparedness, knows better than anyone that depth and versatility win games (not overpaying at most positions where low-cost options work well), and is the best manager of short clock situations. He rarely, if ever, beats himself.

    Your coach takes the podium after every loss and says things like, “We’ve got to get better–this loss is on my shoulders” without having any plan to actually do so, and doesn’t understand the nuances of how to win close games. Your coach often hands games over to teams like the Patriots.

    Weak-minded people who type “cheater” over and over because they’re hurt, lazy, and oblivious to this fact can wander away now…

  51. Dolphin fan here and it’s easy to see why he’s the best coach of our generation and one of the greatest of all time. When you know the rules inside and out you can play to the rules and put yourselves in situations that the other team is not ready for and doesn’t understand. Belicheck has a great football IQ but he is really a competitive sporting genius and would be successful at any sport he had chosen and should be considered as one of the greatest coaches to coach any sport across the board.

  52. Not a Patriots fan, but this is a fantastic example why I’ve found so much respect for Bill Belichick.

    Talking about an obscure end zone rule the zebras didn’t know, the coaches, players & broadcasting staff didn’t know.. If everyone in the room walked out during his answer, you know BB would keep talking if only the cleaning crew was there to hear it.

    The man lives football.

  53. Wow… That dude is so far ahead of any coach in the NFL it’s not even close… Add to that the best QB of all time and the best TE of all time… That equals another ring this year

  54. While Belichick is certainly a good coach, not enough is said about Ernie Adams, the shadowy genius and long time friend of Belichick’s who constantly studies and analyzes the NFL and has advised him on virtually every aspect of his game for decades. Adams is the real master. Belichick gets the credit.

  55. Lol @ pats fans. Get BB’s D out of your mouth. Dude sucked in Cleveland. I’m sure anyone that had Timmy Brady would’ve been good. He’s not the GOAT, and if there was ever any question about it, his numerous cheating scandals surely answered them.

    PATRIOTS****

  56. Not going to lie, out of competitive spirit I can’t stand this guy but as a person who loves football I respect him completely. Have there been people questioning him? Definitely I have to a degree but again it is impressive how he recycles thrown away players or created very good players out of average at best players.

    Again out of competitive desire to beat him and the Pats I will continue to dislike him until he decides the leave New England and come to Buffalo.

    More coaches have to require better officiating. These guys just walked out recently demanding better pay. The NFL, the NFLPA , and all the fans deserve better.

  57. Good answer from BB. What I don’t get though, is why did he go for first downs twice on fourth down near midfield late in a game against Buffalo to let them back in the game after they were down over three touchdowns? Just punt it. He’s the smartest coach in the league but that made no sense at all.

  58. Love the haters, whiners and crybabies…none of it will change the obvious truth, that Bill out-coaches everyone else. The problem really stems from team owners or GMs hiring ex players or big mouths without understanding they need tacticians with high football IQ. Obviously, Bill has read the Art of War. I wonder how many other coaches have done the same. Know thy enemy…the battle is won before it starts.

  59. Isn’t it interesting that despite the Hater fans continuing with the “he cheats” – that with the hundreds of players and coaches who have come and gone to other teams or retired, not one has come forward and said “Belichick cheats and here’s what he does”

    No one. Nada.

    The closest anyone came is Mangini calling out Belichick on a brand new 2006 rule in the first game of 2007 where Belichick outsmarted Goodell’s poorly written sideline filming rule – and Goodell over-reacted turning it into a scandal

    But even that’s a stretch at “cheating”

    Not
    One
    Person

  60. Bill Belichick, Professor Emertus of Football.

    Love him, or hate him BB might be the best coach of all time, Anywhere!

    I wish I had him just as a teacher of any subject.

  61. Someone had a question about how BB will do after Tom Brady. He is in his sixties and certainly doesn’t need the money. I think when Brady retires, so will BB.

  62. koenig61 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 9:00 PM
    …Belichick denied knowing what the proper inflation was for a football immediately after the AFC championship game. He also said he misinterpreted the rule about filming from the sidelines, but now we know he had pats employees pretending to work for the media, and lieing about what they were filming? So which is it
    ________________________________
    Wrong, wrong, and wrong!
    1) He just said he didn’t know Brady’s preference.
    2) He said he interpreted the rule correctly (and we now know the NFL changed it’s interpretation of the rule in the time between the memo and fining BB), but that he had to accept the decision and move on.
    And 3) you probably still think the Pats filmed the Rams’ walkthrough. And btw, you can still film today if you sit a few feet further away in the first row of the stands, and don’t fool yourself into thinking that no team does it or that BB is the only one.

  63. Belichick knows the rules.
    Harbawl does not.
    Harbawl crys when he gets out-coached because of his own stupidity and lack of attention to detail.

  64. I also recommend everyone watch the NFL’s “A Football Life” on Bill. I found it fascinating.

  65. This is another example why Bill is the best ever! The clowns outside of New England can claim his does this, that, and the other thing… but none of it hold water. He is a man leading men in a league full of tiny minds hiding behind big personas….

    Examples: Rex, John H. Elway, Jerry Jones, and of course Roger the red headed clown himself.

    The above mentioned clowns lead the party at the “tiny mind” convention year after year… However, I wouldn’t mind their paychecks.

  66. It’s a proven fact that BB is the head of the Billderberg group. He has been to Bohemian Grove many times. He is behind the wars in the middle east, the real estate bubble and the current global stock crisis

  67. People need to appreciate that Belichick knows the rules much better than anybody at the NFL front office does. It should be clear by now that Goodell doesn’t know the rules, he just makes rulings based on what he feels the rules should be. And that requires the courts to step in and correct him when he oversteps the bounds on his power. (Which is why he keeps losing in court.)

    Even with Spygate, the actual rules (not the league memo) supported Belichick’s interpretation. There’s still no rule against videotaping the other team’s sideline.

  68. “The closest anyone came is Mangini calling out Belichick on a brand new 2006 rule in the first game of 2007 where Belichick outsmarted Goodell’s poorly written sideline filming rule – and Goodell over-reacted turning it into a scandal ”

    It wasn’t even a “new rule”, it was a memo which purported to “clarify” a rule on the books, but the “clarification” completely changed the meaning of the actual rule. If the NFL had a proper system of challenging the commissioner’s “interpretation” Belichick could have been exonerated. As it was, Goodell was both the person fudging the reality of what the rule was and the person judging any appeal. And he hated the fact that Belichick simply ignored the memo. That’s why the Patriots were hit so hard for what should have been a minor issue.

    The second time around, Goodell didn’t even care if any rule had actually been broken. It’s all about creating the image that he’s in power. And the only way he knows to create this illusion is by over-punishing people. It’s pretty childish.

  69. Actually, he is a genius because……well because he is a genius. It’s really that simple.

    The opinion of a very simple person…….and a lemming is blind but follows the stench of a cheater with pride. New England fans worship a prepared coach calling it genius….outside of New England it’s called cheating….it’s really that simple.

  70. Hold up! Belichick talking rules? Are you kidding me? I never knew the patriots to be concerned about rules. I always thought the patriots were exempt from NFL rules. Is there not a different set of rules for the patriots?

  71. mropinionguy says:
    Oct 6, 2015 9:55 PM

    All these you know-it-alls calling BB the GOAT, it tells how little they know about football. Gibbs won a SB with THREE different QBs, Walsh, Landry, and Lombardi literally revolutionized the game with their strategies…and BB won a lot of games with an all-time QB. What makes him the GOAT? The fact that he is the best coach you’ve seen recently? Idiots.

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    Well during the early 2000’s when everyone was playing a 4-3 D, he went 3-4 and won 3 superbowls. Suddenly every HC and DC was implementing a 3-4. Now BB uses a hybrid. He has consistently played at least 3 RB’s in all seasons, with one “Big Back” and one “3rd down back”. Although, the 3rd down back actually plays on many 1 and 2 downs. The league has changed several rules to counteract the success of the BB and Patriots particularly on D. In recent memory he popularized the 2 tight end set. This season he has deployed a 4 tight end set. And didn’t the Ravens HC, who complained about BB’s “deceptive” offensive formations last year, just implement his own version of said deceptive formations (after also requesting and getting a rule change specifically for those formations). So tell me why having BB in the same conversation as Walsh and Landry, who you say revolutionized the game, is idiotic?

  72. stuartscottslefteye says:
    Oct 6, 2015 8:42 PM
    It’s not against the rules to have your running back intentionally soil himself so the other team is reluctant to tackle him. Nobody does this because it’s not in the “spirit of the game” and is detrimental to it’s integrity. However, if Bill were to be the first Pats fans would call him a genius…And the other coaches “dumb” for not “knowing the rules.” They would cry “conspiracy” and “whiners” when a rule is made preventing it in the future. There’s a lesson in that Pat fans….just because it’s not illegal – doesn’t make it right.
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    Actually, I believe that Ladanian Tomlinson used to soil his pants when he played the Pats.
    Being tough, they tackled him anyway.
    Then, LT would have to sit by himself on the sidelines, with his visor on, and weep.

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