Goodell: Wide Right

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Bill Belichick should not be coaching this Sunday. In the brave new world of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, bad behavior is punishable by taking away the thing NFL folks crave most: the game. He’s suspended Pacman, Tank, MVick and others for their off-field transgressions. But when one of the NFL’s most esteemed coaches committed a clear on-field violation, he botched it.

Goodell charged Belichick $500Gs for breaking a league rule by taping the hand signals of opposing coaches during the Pats’ crushing win over the Jets last Sunday. He also fined the Patriots $250G and either a first-round pick, or a second- and third-rounder, if the Pats don’t make the playoffs. So let’s just chalk is up as a first-rounder.

Belichick was likely busted by his former protege, Jets coach Eric Mangini, who no doubt had knowledge of the longstanding practice. But depending on whom you believe, “the league” may have also had prior knowledge of this sort of behavior. And it may be a widespread practice.

Nonetheless, it’s against the rules. Belichick, from here on, is cheater. And he should have been suspended at least a game (three games would have been a deterrent) before being allowed to return. Cheaters should be forced to miss doing what they do best -play or coach the game.

But Goodell blew it. He  says he considered suspended Belichick but decided the penalties were severe enough.

He’s wrong. The double-standard is now there for my conspiracy brothers toponder, chew on and proclaim. For them, Goodell made it easy.

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7 thoughts on “Goodell: Wide Right

  1. Ari says:

    It’s too bad you don’t know anything about football. Here’s a lttle education for you smartass.

    NFL rules state “no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game.” They also say all video for coaching purposes must be shot from locations “enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.”

    Straight out of the NFL handbook. What does it mean? Video taping IS ALLOWED, but only in designated areas: Belichik’s man was in a nondesignated area. Every other team tapes for signals and formations from the booth. That’s Bill’s only crime: location.

  2. Roy S. says:

    Real intelligent comment, Ari. Why can’t we disagree without you resorting to name-calling? as for your argument, I don’t BBCheater would have been hit with $500G, the biggest fine EVER for an NFL coach, if this of an “only crime: location” deal.

  3. thebrotherreport says:

    Being as though the Patriots held on to only two of their draft picks this season,losing a first-rounder doesn’t do much in the form of punishment.

    What I do wonder is what if this were Tony Dungy with the same accusations leveled at him. I can see everyone now calling for him to give back the Lombardi Trophy. Then you would hear about all of the checking out that Peyton Manning does was just a throwoff etc, etc,etc.

    But Bill Belichick gets off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. It also is strange how so many coaches all of the sudden admit how often this is done. I don’t think we would see as many admissions if this were Dungy

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  5. Belichick clearly is a tainted coach right now, but I doubt it even bothers him. Without a suspension like six games or so, I think the risk is worth it. Wouldn’t anyone like to know the enemy’s plan?

  6. halfawake says:

    What does it mean? Video taping IS ALLOWED, but only in designated areas

    What is the purpose of the videotaping from designated areas?

  7. R. Pick says:

    By not punishing Belichick, Roger Goodell kicked dirt in not only the faces of the NFL fans for every team except the Patriots, but also NFPLA. The player’s union has worked with the commissioner’s office in allowing lengthy suspensions in an effort to clean up the game. The union was applauded for their efforts, but who’s applauding now?

    Michael Vick was suspended “before” he was convicted and still has not been given a suspension time frame. Other players around the league have received lengthy suspensions for non football-related offenses. Nevertheless, here is Belichick, caught breaking a NFL rule (a rule that was put in place because of accusations against him), yet he receives no penalty. If you think he was punished, he his not a player so his fine can be paid by the team in the form of a bonus and shortly after his fine, he did indeed sign a hefty new contract, and the Pats have two first round picks next year, so their “extra” pick was taken from them. That’s not even a slap on the wrist, the Patriots have the best team in football, so taking an extra pick from them is like taking away a tiny bit of icing, nothing more nothing less.

    The NFLPA should immediately begin fighting for reinstatement of all the suspended players, and they should remember this incident the next time the media goads them into working with the commissioner’s office.

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