Football seems to be the only sport where praise is given for bending the rules as much as possible without breaking them. Why make such a big deal about "Parity in the NFL" if exploitation of the rules is so justifiable. Meanwhile in baseball Pete Rose is still not in the HoF even though most agree that they think he never shaved points, the NBA will put its foot on your balls and stomp if they so much as hear you say certain words, and few still care about hockey.
Its not that impressive to win games when youre exploiting because not everyone is doing it. Many teams are trying to play straight up and one can call that foolish all he wants but you cant in turn call exploiting the rules genius and give credit. If not everyone is competing on those boundaries of the rules then what youre doing isnt genius. The other teams know what types of things the Pats and teams like them are doing. Dont you think any organization is cautious with the Pats after Spygate? They see it and then choose not too emulate it. They could bend the rules like the Pats, but choose not to. Thats not genius, thats a matter of morals.
Indy may have been in for an asskicking either way, but crazy stories like these show how Belichick is always doing anything he can for the W. Belichick may be a good football coach but he's not great. He might be considered great at the combination of football coaching and exploiting rules, but thats not what people are saying about him. The fact that he gets caught for things like this all the time show that his attitude is to "win at all costs". Thats great in war when death is on the line, but when Im trying to watch a sporting event Id like both teams to be on the same page. Everyone use the same rules and just play football, simple.
Justifying any of what he does by saying other teams have done this or that is besides the point. People were bending the rules in football long before the Pats got popped for Spygate. I, for one, dont want to watch football where someone is constantly exploiting the rules better than the other guys.