I think that everyone who has said anything on this topic would agree that Bill Belichick is a very smart football coach. I think that all would agree he considers all angles, and prepares for everything. The naysayers are proposing, in essense, that the Patriots have been stealing signals and somewhere between maybe and probably using them to their advantage, and all agree it was widely known, or even if not known every team knew that teams were trying to steal their signals. The nuclear winter scenario is that the Patriots won games unfairly because they knew what the other team was doing because they stole the signals. There is one point that is almost iron clad proof that this did not happen. -If it were, other teams at least suspencted it. -If it were suspecting teams would get a strong feeling during a game whether it may be happening. -If it were, there is absolutely no way in the world that those teams would not change their signals, and for example change the cover2 signal to an all-out blitz. In that case the Pats 'steal' cover2, call a play to beat it, and get blitzed to death. Given those circumstances there is absolutely no way that Bill Belichick would be so obtuse to rely on deciphering the signals correctly. You have ot have your head buried in the sand to think the Patriots had an advantage on a key play because they deciphered the signals, because there is absolutely no way Bill Belichick would risk a key play on the gamble that the signals had not been changed, much less the almost certainty that he would know if these things really were happening that the other team was LIKELY to try to trick them with a false signal. Bill Belichick is not a high risk, high reward coach. The risk of walking into a trap would prevent him from trusting that the signals were read properly and relying upon that.