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It really shouldn't have been difficult to do the right thing for your team.Belichick single handedly lost a SB where a severely concussed Gronk put it all on the line, him, Brady, Amendola, Hogan all had incredible, historic games, he never gave them a chance to win and he never apologized or offered any explanation, not to Butler, not to the rest of the players.
When you’re an absolute prick, people tolerate you because you help them win, as soon as you start losing, everyone’s true feelings come out.
Winner for this.After the game THEN you can discipline him - keep him out of the victory celebration, tell him to not bother getting on the plane back to Boston, tell him to clean out his locker when he gets back, it doesn't matter. You do what it takes to win a Super Bowl first. There is never a guarantee you'll ever play in one again.
It's team first. Not coach first.
I will say, from everything I've read and how things played out, it does seem like that was a big moment where certain mainstays lost some admiration for Bill. For Brady he was prepping that season to be his big 40 year old season where he won MVP, did his documentary and finished with a Super Bowl off an amazing performance. Instead he had it ruined because of a coaching decision when he played out of his mind. Then the next year they won in a game where the defense held the opponents to 3 and Brady who had his big moment taken had to sit back and watch Bill get all the credit that day. For Gronk he just missed the season with the greatest Super Bowl comeback ever where Julian Edelman played hero. Now he was back and Edelman was out and Gronk could be the big hero weapon in the game and get some of his shine backBill's choice in super bowl 52 pissed A LOT of people on that team off