NFL Week 2 Predictions
The big story this past week was New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick. After having one of his coaches illegally videotape the New York Jets’ defensive coaches giving signals, he tried his best to sidestep the issue.
We all know that as great of a coach as he is, Belichick is an asshole. In a written statement apologizing for the incident on Wednesday, he said the he misinterpreted the rule. The rule clearly states, “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." How there’s any room for misinterpretation is anyone’s guess.
Knowing the Patriots have been approached by the league in the past regarding this issue, this just shows that Belichick believes he is above the law. He thumbed his nose at the league, got caught, and now is punished by a $500,000 fine, an additional $250,000 fine for the team and the loss of a first-round draft pick.
While videotaping signals can give a team an advantage, the fact remains that stealing signals is common in all sports including the NFL. It became such an issue that during the league meetings in March a proposal was put to vote on allowing one defensive player to use a wireless helmet to hear signals much like the offense does currently. The proposal was shot down by two votes.
Since stealing signs happens, the fact the Patriots were videotaping is not all that bad. That’s why I feel the punishment is justified. But if the league had passed that proposal in March, we would not be here talking about this issue. That much is certain.