Back in 2011, when Wes Welker made a few subtle hints/jokes about Rex Ryan’s personal life, Belichick had the ethical and moral gravity to bench his star WR for the first half of a playoff game against the Jets. While the rest of the NFL world was laughing at Welker’s subtle jabs (“You need to have two feet in!”) Belichick thought that disrespecting a man’s private life was uncalled for.
How many other coaches would suspend a star WR for a playoff game for that? For a regular game? Maybe a preseason game. My answer is NONE.
This shows you that Belichick might overprepare and dot every single I when it comes to a Sunday game, but he hasn’t lost perspective. He will not do ANYTHING to win. I am absolutely certain that Belichick would argue that filming an opponent’s signals is NOT and was NOT agains the rules. Why? Because he knows the NFL rulebook. He knows that ineligible receivers can spread out wide on the line of scrimmage. He knows you can move defensive players around prior to the snap, as long as they don’t enter the neutral zone.
Real fans of NFL football know all about Belichick. He is a brilliant coach. Has an amazing, innovative football mind. When I read idiots who post ‘Belichick is a cheat, blah, blah’, I know immediately they know 5#it about the nuances of the game. They are just laundry-loving fanboys. If anyone is interested to learn more about Belihick there is a book called ‘The Education of a Coach; by David Halberstam. The only thing Belichick is guilty of is not winning 4 SB’s for your favorite team.
The assembled reporters had another round of questions about the status of Tom Brady, the quarterback embroiled in the most recent controversy that swarmed Belichick’s team. He deflected questions about Brady’s status and the functionality of his team’s offense without a determined quarterback. He discussed in detail the intricacies of choosing players for his practice squad. He refused introspection.
Belichick had risen from playing center at tiny Wesleyan University to the top of the NFL, along the way becoming celebrated for his brilliance and achievement but suspected of malfeasance and rule-skirting. He was asked what was the most important thing he had done over those four decades to evolve as a coach.
Belichick looked up from the questioner, gazed at the back of the room, and replied, “I don’t know.” He snorted. He stared. The room waited for him to say something else. He didn’t.