Belichick No Coach of the Year in Lombardi's NFL

PackSmackAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2008

So, some people actually think that New England Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belicheat, is the NFL Coach of the Year. Yeah, right.

Awards here, honors there, recognition, accolades, adulation. Blah, blah, blah.

Oh, OK; I see how it is.

I also see how it isn't.

For posterity's sake, let's review how Mr. Belicheat and his pathetic lackeys would go into stadium after stadium, season after season, and videotape the opposing team's signals.

Next, they would go home and study them at length, so that when those signals were made during a game, the cheating coaches would have them memorized and know what the defense was doing and could counter-act it with a strategic offensive play.

The whole league knew about it. Belicheat's chumps were even escorted out of Lambeau Field the last time the Cheatriots came to Green Bay for this very thing. It was common knowledge—and displayed such despicable, low-life behavior, that finally somebody, in the name of New York Jets head coach, Eric Mangini, had drummed enough courage and turned over a camera to the NFL front offices.

It didn't take long for investigating NFL officials to finally lower the boom on Bill Belicheat. Once caught, Roger Godell fined the coach, the organization and forced the Cheatriots to cough a first round pick. Or did you think the NFL just sort of stumbled upon a rare, erroneous decision, that the Cheatriot coaching staff just happened to barely, and almost accidentally, just step out of bounds a tad?

Nope, it wasn't like that. The NFL was there to see if Belicheat would indeed sink so low as to actually cheat to try to win an NFL contest—and he proved who he was on the NFL's first observation in his very first opportunity.

So the Cheatriots had an amazing year. And why not? They should have!

If your coaches have studied, over and over again, the video images of every signal of every opponent's defensive calls, regardless of when some copies might have eventually been confiscated, don't you think your coaches would be successful in calling offensive plays against those teams?

It's pretty sad when you consider that guys like Randy Moss and Tom Brady are talented enough to compete without daddys-little-helpers—but there is no way their accomplishments will stand alone, outside of Belicheat's tarnished shadow.

Go ahead and try to convince yourself that they only got caught cheating for one game, that it was early on, and that there was no benefit for the team for the rest of the year. While you are at that, then go ahead and explain how Belicheat and his lackeys are going to forget, overnight all they learned from their years of unethically studying their opponents' signals.

Yeah, they are going to forget it right after the Jets game when they got caught. Sure, they are. Sure, they did. Their vast and intimate understanding of their opponents' signals in no way benefited the Cheatriots at all this year. Right.

Only someone with an extreme case of cranial-rectal inversion syndrome will believe that. Of course, any region of the country that would elect a whack like Ted Kennedy to the Senate two-hundred elections in a row probably suffers from an epidemic of this syndrome.

How else would one say that the Cheatriots in no way benefited this year from all the studied information its coaches gathered over the years?

So Bill Belicheat demonstrated what type of character he is: he is a common cheat. I'm wondering, if he were married, would he also cheat on his wife? And if he did, should he then be named Husband of the Year, too?

When Bill Clinton cheated on his wife, did all those who support Belicheat as Coach of the Year now, cast their votes, then, for Clinton to be named Husband of the Year? Because what both Bills have in common is that according to their actions, both individuals are integrity-challenged human beings, regardless of how either one manipulated or cajoled their way to apparent "success."

So what, you say? Who cares? What, after all, is integrity? What does that have to do with football?

If integrity is not already in your vocabulary, and if you have to wonder what it has to do with football, it's no wonder guys like the above-mentioned Mr. Chappaquaddick continually get re-elected to Washington.

And you never heard of a man named Vince Lombardi.

Why don't you do this...why don't you consider if Vince Lombardi cheated on other teams like Belicheat has. Then consider how many times you think Lombardi taught his Green Bay Packers players to cheat like Belicheat has, by his own example.

Do you think Lombardi instructed and taught his players how to cheat? Do you think Lombardi endorsed cheating? Is that how Lombardi's teams became successful? Or was it because he emphasized hard work, discipline, dedication, effort, will, and doing the right thing perfectly all the time?

And now consider what Vince Lombardi would say to Bill Belicheat if Lombardi found out that Belicheat was cheating, like he does, against the Packers. Think about that one for a long time. For Belicheat certainly would have spied on Lombardi if he would have had the chance.

In Vince Lombardi, Jr.'s, What It Takes to be #1, some of Coach Lombardi's football philosophy is outlined. In one standard, Run to Win, Lombardi says: "Set a high standard for your team and keep that standard out in front where all can see it."

What kind of standard has Belicheat set for his team? Should Belicheat come up with his own standard, Cheat to Win and post it for everyone to see?

Another says, Try to Win Them All—But Play By the Rules: "Games are fun only because there are rules and referees. Football without rules would be an athletic riot; the stock exchange without rules would be an entrepreneurial riot."

That's what Lombardi understood and stood for. That's what he did and what he taught his players. Nowhere in there does Lombardi endorse cheating the way Belicheat does by his own under-handed actions.

So what is it in Bill Belicheat that is lacking, that makes him think it is fair to the other teams that he does something that they all, by rule, are not allowed to do?

What is lacking is a moral compass—an inner guide that tells him to choose the right instead of the wrong. He knew that he was taking unfair advantage of all those other teams, but he did it anyway. And then he looked each coach in the eye after the contest and shook hands, all the while knowing he had ripped off the other coach and taken unfair advantage over him.

I don't know what they call such a snake where you live, but where I live they call such lowlifes "scumbags."

So what are we to do with this? How should the league respond? How should the media respond? How should Americans respond?

Oh, I know, how about naming this man Coach of the Year!?

Yup, I see how it is.

And I see how it isn't.

It isn't about integrity, effort, discipline, character, or right and wrong. It isn't about all the positive social values and good things that guys like Lombardi and Landry and Shula and Stram stood for. It isn't about being upright or responsible.

It's about being an outlaw-punk; about being a slippery, slimy, underhanded thief, and getting away with whatever you can until some authority can manage to stop you.

And then, have them hand you a crown.

This kind of garbage has no place in the National Football League. In the early 1960's, Green Bay Packer Paul Horning was suspended for a season because he bet on NFL games, although not on his team or in games he was involved in. His actions had no effect on the outcome of a contest.

How much more severe were Belicheat's absolutely flagrant actions, where the outcome of games WAS in the balance!? This cheat should have been banned from the league for life! He stabbed every coach in the NFL directly in the back, yet NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE.

If this is what football has become, and it is acceptable to Americans, and they don't see that imps should not be made heroes; if they can reward cheating by giving honors to quarterbacks, receivers, or coaches who all benefitted for years by a cheating system—then the NFL Championship trophy should no longer bear the name of Vince Lombardi, because it has become shameful to his name and everything Lombardi represented.

Maybe they should start calling the Super Bowl trophy the Vegas trophy, or the Paris Hilton trophy, where shame is not an issue or a problem.

Maybe they should start calling the Coach of the Year award the Gangsta of the Year award, given to whoever gets away with the most wins.

Because if the league, the media, or New England fans think that fans from the rest of the country have overlooked Bill Belicheat's cheating ways and swept it under the carpet as they themselves have, they are dead, dead wrong.

The league should have axed him. The New England Cheatriot organization should have fired him. There's nothing that resembles patriotism in keeping a traitor.

Belicheat should have at least resigned had he a single molecule of self-respect. But then again, had he had a single molecule of self respect, he would not have cheated in the first place.

Unfortunatly, no one will change this an unrepentant, lacking-in-integrity coach. No one in the NFL, those fans who follow the game will forgive him and his New England Cheatriots team.




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