The Associated Press named cheating New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as its 2007 NFL Coach of the Year today, completely ignoring the fact that Belichick was personally fined $500,000 by the League after he was caught cheating in Week 1 against the New York Jets.
Scads of Patriots fans blamed former Patriots defensive coordinator, and current Jets head coach, Eric Mangini on outing Belichick during their week 1 showdown, but had to recant the accusations when they universally decided that it was the first time that Belichick ordered the illegal videotaping.
The Patriots were also fined $250,000 as a team and have had their first round pick taken away in the upcoming 2008 draft. The team owns San Francisco’s pick, which will be #7, right after the Jets.
Based on previous posts on this blog, it’s quite obvious that I am not a Belichick supporter. Unfortunately, these feelings are now being moved towards the AP for giving its highest award for a coach in this sport to a man who is a proven cheater. Yes, he went 16*-0, but he did so with arguably the best quarterback in the game and the best wide receiver.
Where are the votes for Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, who led his team to a 13-3 record with a 75 year old quarterback who has been threatening to retire every year for the past two decades. Can you even name another player on that team?
Hopefully the AP can get its act together moving forward.