Belichick – “Master of Halftime Adjustments” with an Asterisk?

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In the wake of “Videogate” as it has been dubbed, I have some thoughts. I am not sure if I am more disappointed with the idea of the Patriots cheating (it seems signal stealing not signal video taping, is pretty common), or Bill Belichick’s answer in a recent interview “”As the commissioner acknowledged, our use of sideline video had no impact on the outcome of last week’s game,” Belichick said. “We have never used sideline video to obtain a competitive advantage while the game was in progress.”

I find that terribly hard to believe, not the first part of the quote about Sunday’s game, we know the league confiscated the camera in the first quarter, so it did not have an effect on the game’s outcome. But the second part of the quote: “We have never used sideline video to gain a competitive advantage during the game”.

I would say, if you are willing to cheat, if you don’t think you can get caught, you are probably willing to lie…. if you don’t think you can get caught. Maybe I am wrong there, but my crap detector is usually pretty accurate.

In any case, you have to ask yourself; how did Belichek get the dubious distinction: “Master of halftime adjustments”? I would say, at the very least, there may be need for an asterisk at the end of this title until further review.

I mean it was in a game against Eric Mangini that this was discovered, and it was because of Mangini tipping off NFL security. How did Mangini know? I suppose maybe his knowledge of Belichek’s tactics, being a former assistant under Belichek.

Many people are saying it really isn’t that much of an advantage to steal the signs. Maybe so, but I just keeping thinking back to the Raiders/Buccaneers Super Bowl game when the Buc’s seem to know the Raider’s every move. Now, I know that was on both sides of the ball, and Raiders coach Bill Callahan should have known better than to not change up his game plan for this game. But no one can argue with the domination by the Buccaneers because of John Gruden’s staff being able to seemingly anticipate the Raiders every move.

Of course this was because John Gruden was the Raider’s coach the year before and they(the Raider’s) obviously didn’t change much of anything the following year. But, the idea being able to anticipate your opponents moves is clearly an advantage. This sounds eerily familiar to a quote By Jets safety Kerry Rhodes after Sunday’s game: “It seemed like (Brady) knew what we were doing; it seemed like he made all the right checks,” Rhodes said. “I guess we’ve got to do a better job of hiding things.”

Well maybe not anymore, The Patriots will be “Squeaky Clean” from now on I would imagine. It is funny this wouldn’t even have been an issue if the League vote on Helmet Radio for defense would have passed last March. It was two votes short of passage, and is virtually guaranteed to pass next vote in the wake of Video Gate. For now,I am placing a tentative asterisk next to Belichek’s title of “Master of halftime adjustments” * until further review. Sunday’s game against the Charger’s should be a good test.


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