Love him or hate him, Bill Belichick has impacted the NFL over the years in the way few professional coaches can rival. Finding himself in the center of ‘the Ballghazi’ scandal, Belichick is no stranger to public scrutiny, with the New England Patriots being accused of cheating and the Spygate issues.
Belichick has earned himself the role of a sociopath who will win at all costs. As seen by him taciturn press conferences, he is incapable of relating to other humans beyond the need to further his goal and has proven to be someone willing to push the bar at any given opportunity.
It’s quite apparent in his manipulations mid-game that Belichick will do whatever it takes. The group’s triumph over the Baltimore Ravens two ends of the week back brought another round of allegations of cheating, by the use of a wonky formation of the offensive line. Those who’ve known Belichick will also be aware of the joy he took in that deviously legal play, simply because it hadn’t been thought of or done before. Being the deviant he is, Belichick now attempts to see what else he can get away with, something to keep the novelty of the game fresh for him. The last minute release of a dropkick by Doug Flutie back in 2006 on an extra point was a play that hadn’t successfully been executed in over 60 years, in part because modern kickers negate the need for it and also because it comes across as just a bit goofy. But that won’t stop the ever-thinking Belichick.
Ever since the time the Baltimore Colts hired Billy Belichick as practically a glorified gofer, he’s found himself called by every name in the dictionary. Since his next stints, in Detroit and Denver, Belichick’s mental dominance of the gameplay – and brash approach – got him the titles Boy Genius and Punk. Bill Parcells nicknamed the guy Doom and Gloom in New York, for his abrasive style and stubborn nature as well as his monotone like delivery. Called a lame duck in the 1990’s, he saw the saddest years of the game in Cleveland and later handed in his resignation after having served the Jets as the coach for less than one day.
Belichick considers it endearing when his friends understandably call him an A-hole. Don Shula, a Hall of Fame coach, labeled him Beli-cheat. But this hasn’t stopped him from winning 13 division titles which include seven wins in a row, breaking records. As well as 23 wins post the season, which is in fact, the most ever head by an NFL head coach. Bill has also won 4 Super Bowls and six AFC Championship games earning him labels ranging from Hoodie, Misanthrope, and just plain Genius.
Bill may be hated for his over-analytical approach to the game, but he was raised in a culture of football scrutiny, with his dad, Steve, bringing him up to football films, having him observe each play from a young age. Steve also lost his coaching job twice, which is where Bill learned earlier in life how fickle the sport can be as a career.
Bill brought with him his brand of calculating precision driven football coaching to the Colts, where he was quickly given more responsibilities due to his skills scouting talent that was so effective, that the players felt it was like having a spy around. Belichick switched to Detroit post that where he got himself a new Ford, ten grand a month and a perfect playbook score which all coaching candidates take like a pop quiz. He has always shown signs of a perfectionist, and I don’t see the need to shy away from skills like that. Think what you may of him, Bill is the Villain the NFL needs and the Hero that modern gameplay innovation has lacked.