Not that it matters much to him.
Truthfully I think Belichick gets some sick pleasure from being the bad guy. He reminds me of my father as a boy. When I didn't get my way I would whine and scream and carry on about how unfair he was. The old man would shrug his shoulders as a sly grin crept into his face, agree with me and still refuse to cave to my demands. If you watch a Belichick press conference, you know exactly what I'm getting at.
A lot of people, fans especially, lost respect for Belichick after the spygate scandal. Then he helped guide the Patriots to a 16-0 regular season and a Super Bowl berth. When the team lost, the Beli-cheat bandwagon was back on track.
With the job he's done this season, Belichick is knocking the wheels off and sending that bandwagon into a drainage ditch. Then setting it on fire. Then putting the fire out by peeing on it just to re-assert his dominance. A title run this season would be the fecal icing on that urinal cake.
Belichick is without question the best coach in the NFL right now, and is making a weekly case for being one of the best ever.
Before the season, he once again traded down in the draft and took an unheralded cornerback out of Rutgers who was considered more of a special teams player. Well, as of this writing Devin McCourty has the second most interceptions ever by a Patriots rookie with six and is second in the NFL behind former Patriot Asante Samuel.
A quarter of the way through the season he jettisoned Randy Moss in one of the most hotly debated moves in Patriots history. Through 12 weeks the Patriots are 10-2 and have gelled in a way that was impossible with Moss around.
With the worst statistical defense the Patriots have ever had, Belichick has coached his talented youngsters well enough to see marked improvement each week. They give up yards by the truckload but he's putting them in a position to make big plays, and they've been coming through all year when it's mattered most.
Belichick has turned over nearly the entire roster yet somehow the team sits atop the AFC. So far this has been Belichick's finest season as a coach and he won't be resting on his laurels any time soon. Given the way he huddled up his defense to ratchet up the intensity with a 38-3 lead, it's a safe bet Belichick won't let up until the Patriots win another Lombardi Trophy.