New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is finally showing signs of frustration with his reported villainy. For a long time the four-time Super Bowl champion Belichick didn’t seem to mind the us vs. them mindset that the constant accusations against his Patriots fostered. He didn’t think the accusations was justified, but it seemed he could live with them since the Pats kept rising above the fray and winning. But this week he took it on. After ESPN broke out a “fresh” story on the 8-year-old Spygate scandal, there was the opening day headphones whispering, line-of-scrimmage tricks — all coming off the Deflategate reversal — Belichick finally told reporters:
“I think it’s a sad commentary and it’s really a very, it’s gone to a pretty low level. It’s sunk pretty deep. First of all I would say that our program here is built on competition and trying to improve every day and trying to work hard. And it’s not built on excuses.” He then threw the names of a dozen or more accomplished former Patriots out (“Ty Law, Milloy, Otis Smith, Rodney Harrison, Bruschi“, etc.), saying the rumor-mongering and conspiracy theories maligned their accomplishments. The players don’t deserve that, said Belichick.