When is an apology not an apology? When it comes from Bill Belichick. We think this man is a great coach. We have to think that since we don’t really think Tom Brady is that awesome and someone has to take the credit for the Pats titles. So, we give it to him. That being said, he should have just kept his mouth shut.
If you are going to apologize, APOLOGIZE. Take full blame, admit you were wrong, and accept whatever punishment is meted out. Don’t stand up and vaguely allude to ‘interpretations of the rules’ and offer apologies without specifying the crimes. It appears the hooded one was aware of and responsible for the cheating that his club engaged in, and he should therefore be suspended for multiple weeks, and the club should be relieved of a first round pick. They cheated in a way that directly affects game outcomes. They have been suspected before. They, along with the whole league, were warned by the comish very recently. The axe should fall. Perhaps the best penalty of all would be to force them to forfeit the game.
I also have to say that I totally don’t understand the logic behind Foxsports.com John Czarnicki’s suggestion that the competition committee refusing to let defensive players have their helmets wired is leading to this cheating. He thinks this might get changed next year. Personally, I would think that allowing coaches to talk to defensive players on the field would lead to more cheating. If a team cheated and picked up the offense’s signals using nefarious means, then they could relay the play to the defense in real time. This would worry me. Stealing signals naturally, that is without using electronic surveillance to do so, is both legal and acceptable. That’s just part of being smarter than the other guy. But since the league specifically outlawed artificial means, it’s cheating to do so. I think the Czar has this one wrong, and I’d be surprised to see this rule change this year.