Micro Manager Belichick Denies Football De-flation
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, and the entire New England organization is under heavy fire for deflating 11 of the 12 Wilson footballs to 2 pounds per square inch lower than regulation before the AFC championship game against the Colts last weekend.
The Baltimore Ravens also claimed issues with the footballs being deflated, they lost their playoff game the week prior to New England in Foxboro. This caused the NFL officials to double check the PSI levels of the footballs at halftime and found them to be below league specifications.
Changes in football air level gives a competitive advantage to a team that has practiced and prepared with that weight and type of ball.
Big surprise, Belichick met the media this morning and denies knowing anything about this. Being the micro manager he is known for, this is hard to believe.
The Patriots have been caught before trying to cheat or in proper terms get a competitive advantage. In 2007 “Spygate” occurred and a member of the Patriot organization video taped the New York Jets defensive signals. The NFL also found that the Patriots under Belichick video taped the St. Louis Rams practicing during a 2002 Superbowl walk through. Ram's head coach Mike Martz said “the Patriots seem to know what calls were going to be made”.
After “Spygate” Belichick was fined $500,000, and owner Bob Kraft was fined 250,000. The Patriots also lost their first round draft pick. This was really just a drop in the hat to the organization.
Do not laugh when I suggest that Belichick will most likely use a Patriot's ball boy to take the fall for this. Hearing the denials today, I expect something like this to occur, with the fired ball boy getting set up for life from owner Bob Kraft.
NFL commisioner Roger Goodell needs to bring the hammer down on this situation. The Patriots employ the philosophy of win at all costs, cheating included.
If Goodell can suspend New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton for a year for implementing a bounty program to motivate his defensive players, he should certainly do the same to Belichick if not more.
With Super Bowl XLIX just two weeks away, this scandal should have everyone in the nation except die hard Bostonian citizens and female fans of Tom Brady, rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.
Word of advice to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, keep security tight on your team's practice. Find a secure location if need be.
You never know who maybe watching.