We all know who Bill Belichick is (from here on out we'll just call him BB), where he coached (Giants, Browns, Jets and Patriots) and the fact that he is considered a God in New England. The only coach to win three Super Bowls in four years, considered a genius by many football people and media types. If you watch the NFL network or ESPN to besmirch the legendary status of BB is blasphemy, punishable by death or maybe just ridicule. Jets fans know him as the man who took a job and then refused to coach the team only a day later. Too much a coward to coach a team in the shadow of the man who gave him his opportunity to be a coach in the first place. If not for Bill Parcells and the great defensive player on those Super Bowl Giant teams, he might be a footnote in history. After becoming HC in Cleveland and failing miserably his only salvation was to be taken back by Parcells again. He might of had other opportunities, but nothing on such a grand scale; obscurity awaits. What if Parcells said no, I don't want you in New York; would we even remember who BB is today.
Well that is history and the coach we traded to New England for a 2nd round daft pick is now considered a defensive genius, a shrewd evaluator of talent and one of the most respected coaches in the league; Really? Lets look at those statements under more scrutiny.
The New England defensive ranks (YPG) for the last four years are 2013-26th, 2012-25th, 2011-31st, 2010-25th despite having 40 draft choices between 2009-2012 (the years before those totals). Pretty pedestrian stats for a defensive genius. Remember this is not in Southern California, this is in Foxborough where the wind blows and it is snowing and freezing the last few months of the season. Not ideal weather for offensive football.
The NFL draft for BB has been suspect at best. BB has had full autonomy on draft decisions since 2009 when Scott Pioli left (or was pushed out) for KC. From 2009 to 2011 BB had 33 draft choices, 8 are still with the team as of now. In those 3 years he had 2 1st, 10 2nd and 4 3rd round choices. A look at their roster today you will find no true #1 receiver or a #2 for that matter. In 2010 BB selected D. McCourty DB with the 27th pick; not bad but he held the 22nd pick in that draft and traded it to Denver for the 24th pick. Denver selected Demaryius Thomas, their now #1 receiver. He then traded the 24th pick to Dallas for the 27th pick who selected Dez Bryant, their #1 receiver; and with the 27th pick BB selected McCourty. BB is still looking for that #1 receiver. In the 2012 and 2013 draft two 3rd round picks are no longer with the team (one from each year). This years draft he selected a DT in the 1st round that has had 2 ACL injuries, his 2nd round pick was a weak armed kid from a small school (Eastern Illinois). Shrewd evaluator of talent ; you decide.
As for respected; I don't even want to go there, but I will. We all know about spygate, he denied it but was fined $500,000 and the pats lost a first round pick. I love how on NFL network former players (willie McGinist, Teddy Brusky and Heath Evans) talk about the Patriot way. (Did Heath Evans even play for the Patriots?) He was a FB and only played on ST and he makes it out like he is some special SB champion. When BB was done with Willie McGinist he didn't cut him, he sent him to Cleveland (the NFL version of Hell). That's the Patriot way; Yea. I've seen interviews with Marshall Faulk and other St. Louis Cardinal players saying they know the Patriots cheated in BB's first NE Super Bowl win. They had plays designed against the NE defense that they never used before and somehow, every time NE was in the perfect defense to stop those plays; it must be nice working with those guys on the NFL network. In 2008 Belicheat (I had to get that in there) was accused by a former player that he used guys on IR as scout team players, (a clear violation of NFL rules), he denied it and nothing happened. The player, Ross Tucker, said that BB "would do anything; I mean anything to win".
I am old enough to remember the old AFL days; my dad would take me up to Peekskill NY to watch the Jets practice at some nasty HS field back in 1967. I got to meet Don Maynard and Joe Willie and I was hooked; a Jet fan forever. Back then the Raiders were the most evil, dirtiest team ever. Their motto was "if you're not trying to cheat, you're not trying". You have to kind of respect that, in some sick way. They were cheaters and they told you they were cheaters. BB would never admit that, and neither will their players; it would ruin their legacy.
So now you know the facts; make your own decision.