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The Bill Belichick I DO know? The greatest cheater of all time

The Bill Belichick I DO know? The greatest cheater of all time

As part of our Sports Uncovered series of in-depth narrative podcasts produced by NBC Sports, my distinguished colleagues at NBC Sports Boston put together a podcast called, “The Bill Belichick you Don’t Know.”

Turns out ol’ Bill has a sense of humor.

Haha. LOL.

It’s actually a fascinating podcast, a look behind the grim facade at what NBC Sports Boston Patriots writer Tom Curran calls “the funny Bill Belichick, the playful Bill Belichick, the Bill Belichick who inspires fear, love, devotion and loyalty in those who’ve worked with or for him (that) we don’t see."

Well, let me tell you something about the Bill Belichick I do know.

Dude’s a cheater.

A relentless, incorrigible, clinical cheater.

And when he finally does hang up his clipboard that he probably stole from the Bills, nobody is going to be talking about the “playful Bill Belichick.” 

They’re going to be talking about the six Super Bowls he won and wondering how many he stole.

Let’s review Belichick’s cheating history:

EaglesGate in 2005: In a 2015 Outside the Lines report, ESPN reported that the Eagles were convinced the Patriots either stole their playbook or secretly videotaped their practices prior to winning Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville. 

SpyGate in 2007: Belichick was fined $500,000, the largest amount ever for an NFL coach, and the Patriots were fined $250,000 and stripped of a first-round draft pick after being caught breaking NFL regulations and videotaping the Jets’ sideline during a game and presumably stealing signs and relaying the information onto the field. According to that ESPN report, the Patriots videotaped opposing coaches 40 times between 2000 and 2007.

DeflateGate in 2014: The Colts accused the Patriots of deflating footballs during the AFC Championship Game, Tom Brady eventually wound up suspended for the first four games of 2016, and the Patriots were stripped of another first-round pick.

HeadsetGate in 2015: The Steelers accused the Patriots of orchestrating the headset malfunction that led to Steelers coaches hearing a radio station in their headsets instead of being able to communicate with each other and their players.

PeytonGate in 2015: As first reported in 2015 by NBC Sports' Peter King, then with Sports Illustrated, Peyton Manning was so suspicious of the Patriots bugging the visiting locker room when the Colts visited Gillette Stadium that he refused to talk strategy with any coaches or teammates while he was inside the locker room.

BengalsGate in 2019: Belichick has been accused of cheating so many times his scandals don’t even get nicknames anymore, but this was similar to Spygate, with the Patriots caught filming the Bengals’ sideline. They claimed it was an “oversight” and actually part of a show called “Do your Job.” Sure.

And these are just the times he got caught.

How can you not wonder what dastardly plot Belichick had going behind the scenes in Minneapolis that led to the Patriots piling up 613 yards on an Eagles defense that ranked third in the NFL in 2017? 

Whatever he tried, it wasn’t enough.

But how many other instances have their been? All the cheating in the world wasn't going to stop Nick Foles.

But that’s the thing about Belichick. Even when he doesn’t have some untoward, underhanded, conniving scheme going, everybody is going to assume he does.

With his track record? How can you not?

Which is why no matter how many Super Bowls he wins, no matter how many records he breaks, he’ll always have that cloud over him, and it will follow him to Canton when he enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

It’s a shame, too, because Belichick is a heck of a football coach. But his legacy will always be tarnished. 

The guy is unscrupulous and everybody knows it, and he’s been doing it for two decades.

Barry Bonds has nothing on Bill Belichick. Ben Johnson doesn't either.

Same with Tonya Harding, Rosie Ruiz and Lance Armstrong.

He may be the greatest coach of all time, but there’s no question he’s the greatest cheater of all time.

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Eagles' Doug Pederson scores a very important point against Bill Belichick

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Eagles' Doug Pederson scores a very important point against Bill Belichick

The NFL has a wide range of head coaching personalities, from the Eagles' light-hearted Doug Pederson to the Patriots uber-focused Bill Belichick. It's a big part of what makes each team unique. But even when Belichick breaks that facade, he has one downfall that Pederson lacks.

In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, NBC Sports Boston takes a deep dive into Belichick's hidden, more fun-loving side. It turns out the legendary coach is actually a bit of a cut-up behind closed doors, whether it's ragging on Asante Samuel's coverage or throwing snowballs at players en route to the team bus. The whole episode is a ton of fun.

The episode also contains an anecdote from former Patriot Martellus Bennett, which uncovers a crucial, game-changing advantage Pederson has over Belichick.

Check it out:

When I first wrote my books, when I was with the Patriots, I was like, 'Yo Bill, how can I get my books in the Pro Shop?' 'Hell if I know, Martellus. Go talk to him over there.' I'm like, just tell me who I need to talk to! An earlier this year, I was making some ice cream, and I was like, 'Yo Bill, I'm about to drop this ice cream. Can we do something at the training camp?' He's like, 'S**t, I'm trying to get ready for a game and you're over here talking about some ice cream?'

Now! 

I will give Belichick a tiny amount of slack, because it's definitely not his job to coordinate the training camp refreshments. 

However!

Hearing that Belichick is strictly anti-ice cream chatter before a game makes perfect sense, because of one certain coach who goes out of his way to talk ice cream before games.

That's right: Doug Pederson, ice cream afficionado.

The Eagles released that video less than a week before the franchise won its first-ever Super Bowl, defeating Belichick and the Patriots in Super Bowl LII (41-33).

Forget all the reasons you thought Pederson and the Eagles won that game - aggressive playcalling; Nick Foles' hot streak; some cosmic forces finally aligning after a half-century - because we now know the real reason.

The coaches' respective approaches to ice cream discussions.

Problem solved.

The full episode releases Thursday, July 16. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Bill Belichick's secret funny side

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Bill Belichick's secret funny side

Eagles fans have an interesting relationship Bill Belichick, the ultra-serious head coaching whiz who messed up Andy Reid's first shot at a Super Bowl, then was defeated in Super Bowl LII, the ultimate revenge game.

Belichick's been called many things in Philadelphia, but probably not "fun-loving", and yet that's exactly how a number of former Patriots see The Hoodie.

In the sixth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Bill Belichick You Don't Know", NBC Sports Boston takes a deep dive into Belichick's hidden side, one rife with stories of snowballs, trash talk, and ice cream. Belichick's known for his caustic interviews, but this episode will give you a new appreciation for the legendary coach - if, you know, you can get past the part where he's still Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach.

The episode features interviews with former players like Matt Cassel and Martellus Bennett, coaches like Rob Ryan and Charlie Weis, and plenty more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 16. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

To catch every episode, be sure to subscribe to "Sports Uncovered" and have every episode automatically downloaded to your phone. Sports Uncovered is available on the MyTeams app and on every major podcasting platform: Apple, Google Podcast, iHeart, Stitcher, Spotify, and TuneIn

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Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.