So what if Bill Belichick was accused of hiring someone to illegally videotape defensive calling signals from a Jets practice in 2007, he eventually paid the price ($500,000). The Patriots also had to cough up an additional $250,000 and forfeit their first round pick in the 2008 draft. This of course, was an excuse for any non-Patriots fan to hate on Belichick and his 3 Super Bowl rings (not including Super Bowls XXI & XXV as a defensive coordinator). What is strange to me is the fact that his contract with the Patriots was extended shortly after the Spygate incident. He was also awarded the 2007 NFL Coach of the Year Award by the Associated Press. Did I forget to mention Bill Belichick’s defensive game plan for Super Bowl XXV is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Don’t be foolish guy! Instead of being deemed cheater, I think it’s safer to say Bill Belichick is one of the best coaches of all time, and his reign isn’t over yet.
In the off season, the Patriots traded for Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins for a 5thround pick in the 2013 draft, a 5th round pick!!!! It’s incredible to see the Redskins lose 41 million dollars on a player who only played 20 games for them. They should have just given him away, but not to the Patriots. How many times do we see this happen? Belichick capitilizes on nabbing top of the line players for dirt cheap every opportunity he gets. He also knows when to get rid of players right before they reach the twilight of their careers. Maybe Haynesworth will be a good fit in Belichick’s defense and can rejuvenate his career as a Patriot, maybe not. Regardless, the Patriots won’t lose much out of the deal. Remember when the Patriots cut future hall of famer Randy Moss from their team last year and still made it to the playoffs? They probably could have used Randy in the playoffs (let’s be serious) but Randy Moss ultimately regretted his decision to open his mouth distastefully to the press, becoming a distraction to the team. Randy wishes he was back with the Patriots, but it’s too late, they have moved on to sign six-time pro bowler Chad Ochocinco to fill the void. Known for his outlandish personality and great route running, Ochocinco was traded for a 2012 fifth round pick and a 2013 6th round pick from the Cincinnati Bengals. He has yet to show signs of promise thus far because of his unfamiliarity with the playbook, but by the end of the season he should have the offense down pat. Am I the only one that believes in Ocho Cinco? I am not giving up on him yet and I believe this will turn out to be another genius move by Belichick when it's all said and done. Chad respects Bill, and Bill respects Chad. What if Chad's number is called before the playoffs start and he is the spark they need that adds MORE momentum to the the table when they reach the playoffs? The team could rally around Chad and opposing defenses could become more intimidated when facing the Patriots in the playoffs. Don't count that idea out, Belichick covers every angle and so should his fans.
A question I like to think about: What makes Belichick in a league of his own? Pat Kirwin wrote an article on the best coaches in the NFL today (obviously including Belicheck) and described the characteristics that allow them to be so great. Having an eye for talent, fitting talented players into the right scheme, centering a team around great leaders, knowing how to break down film, making half-time adjustments, saving their franchise money for more talent to come in, and avoiding distractions week in and week out. I added a few attributes of my own of course but this is why Belichick is above the typical copycat league. He sets the bar to say the least. I also admire the fact that he conducts practices by throwing out different situations at the offense and defense to keep them on their toes. Players like to play for coaches who can teach the game of football and improve their game in the process. Love him or hate him, no one does the job better than Bill Belichick. Enjoy the bye week Bill, cheers!
The Patriots (5-1) will travel to Heinz Field in week 8 to take on the aging Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2).