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Belichick – Greatest Coach of All Time
The new season has begun! Last night the Patriots walloped the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Coach Tomlin, of the Steelers, said that “We were not ready for Prime Time.” With the addition of Antonio Brown, the Patriots are predicted to win the Super Bowl this year.
The Patriots are a dynasty. These things are rare in sports. Usually it is a combination of players who have come together for a period of time and dominate, like Bird, Parrish and McHale or Montana and Rice. With the Pats, it is Brady and the coach.
For my money, Belichick is one of the best coaches to make half-time adjustments. This should be all coaches but it isn’t so. Too many get stuck in a system that they believe in and can’t change based on the reality of the field. Belichick is a master at this and it keeps the game exciting and fresh no matter which side is winning.
Have you ever been pulled over for speeding? It is a shock usually because you don’t get caught. But it is still breaking the law and even if you got pulled over once, you know that you do it all of the time.
Do you know any petty thieves who take home office supplies for their own use away from work? It is commonplace but it is still stealing. And stealing is wrong.
That is the problem that I see with Bill Belichick. He got caught cheating and paid a huge personal fine, one half of a million dollars. The organization had to pay a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar fine. I don’t know how anyone can think that this was just once. We know we speed all of the time but get caught rarely.
Belichick got divorced in 2006 for … cheating on his wife with former Giants receptionist Sharon Shenocca.
Belichick is a cheater. If you are willing to shrug that off. If you know that your buddy drives home from the bar after drinking but has only crashed once. If you are going to focus on the wins and the rings, then he has to be the greatest coach of all time.
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I don’t know if he is the best coach of all time, I tend to think John Wooden was/is. Of course John wooden was associated, apparently, with a seedy booster. Broke my heart to read that, and it might just be guilt by association I never took the time to read too much about it.
Cheating is definitely a bad thing. Sometimes standards change. I think the old spitball was pretty admired for quite a while, and players and coaches would do anything they could do to get an edge. Players would try to steal signs, so would coaches. Tour de France teams would cheat and cheat for years, until one person cheated so much and won so much that the spotlight came down. For years it was steroids steroids and steroids until it became a deal and then one of my favorite players, Roger Clemens can’t get into the Hall of Fame.
To take your argument further, if one coach gets caught, it’s pretty likely that he cheated before-and it’s pretty likely that other coaches got away with doing something similar. Doesn’t make it right and it’s never Fun to be the one who got Caught.
I think it’s undeniable that Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time. Not only is he a great halftime coach, making adjustments, but as the announcers pointed out last night he adjusted his team strategy over the years depending on the situation.
Not good that’s he was speeding and not good that’s he’s the one who got caught. It will always be a (little) asterik on his rep unless they catch him doing something like paying to get his kids admitted to Stanford.
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