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John Clayton (espn) on Beli-Cheat's penalty

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Kev, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. Kev

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?id=3018407

    "Goodell said he considered a suspension, but he felt the draft choice penalty and the fines have a more lasting effect on the franchise. That's a fine premise, but spying affects the outcome of individual games. Taking Belichick out of one game could affect the Patriots' chances of making the playoffs. For example, he's still coaching Sunday's game against the Chargers, and if he wins, he will have a potential home-field tie-breaker if the two teams finish with the same record.

    Here's the problem with Goodell's decision: Whether by design or not, the Patriots had themselves covered for such a penalty because they are so good at what they do. They acquired the 49ers' first-round pick in a trade that enabled the 49ers to select Joe Staley. They have an additional third-round pick from the Raiders in another trade. They have enough draft choices to survive the loss of one first-round choice."

    "Initial reaction around the league was negative. At the very least, many felt, Belichick should have been suspended one or two games along with the draft choice penalties."
     
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  3. Retired Catholic

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    Without a minimum suspension, this penalty is a slap on the wrist. I wonder if NFL security will have a presence on the field in New England?
     

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