Originally Posted by Halifax_Pats_Fan
I had stated this is an earlier post just after this whole thing started on this board....reviewing tape and Belichick go hand in hand, always have and always will...
I totally agree...in fact I started a thread on the subject that dropped like a rock.
Maybe it is a simplistic view, but I felt it was all about his obsessive nature with video tape.
It's obviously not about cheating, or civil disobedience, or making a statement, he just couldn't lay off the video.
His obsession cost him a first rounder. The perfect punishment.
He exposes the media for the lazy, mental midgets they are. They have been circling overhead waiting for such an opportunity.
Ask an intelligent question...get an intelligent and thoughtful response. Do your homework...get a look inside. Act like the village idiot...get brushed off like an insect.
He even starts some responses with, "That's a good question...."
So I guess I just answered my own question. For what started out as a simple cause...video taping signals anyone on the planet can obtain....the effect was a brutal feeding frenzy when the sharks smelled blood.
With any other coach and any other organization...would the punishment have been so much greater than the crime???
I don't think a Cleveland or a Miami or an Indianapolis with a media friendly coach would had suffered such a severe and unpresidented punishment.
I think NFL history will look back on this episode as an extreme over-reaction by a rookie comissioner who bought into the media feeding frenzy in a ham-handed attempt to impose his "tough guy" image.
I even wonder if there is some down the road compensation or deal for taking the fall so Goodell can make his mark.