Sin Bin: Belichick and the Pats

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick lands in the Sin Bin in the wake of this weekend’s signal-stealing scandal.

A New England employee had a video camera confiscated at the Meadowlands this weekend during the Patriots’ game versus the New York Jets; the camera was pointed at the Jets’ defensive signal-callers.

Video of other teams’ signals is illegal under NFL rules, and the Patriots now face discipline from commissioner Roger Goodell " likely including the loss of multiple draft picks.

What in God’s name is Belichick thinking stealing signals? He’s got Tom Brady throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker behind one of the top offensive lines in the league, backed by a good running game and a shutdown defence.

If anything, the Pats should be letting other teams in on their signals, just to level the playing field. If they’re looking for a competitive edge, all they need to do is look at stud defenders Adalius Thomas and Asante Samuel.

The scandal brings New England’s dominance over the last few years into a different light, and now we might wonder whether those three Super Bowl wins really should be credited to the Patriots.

They obviously have a lot of talent, but even the Cleveland Browns could win a few games if they knew what the other team was doing at all times.

Here’s hoping Tom Brady doesn’t top 200 yards in a game for the rest of the season. Let the Patriots flop without their inside information, lose 13 games, secure a top-10 draft pick and then lose that pick to the NFL’s disciplinary sanctions.

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