Many people were shocked by the bombshell report by ESPN rocked the football world Tuesday as it was confirmed that Spygate was indeed much larger than what National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell told the media, U.S. Senator Arlen Spector and other NFL owners. So, here is a look from a public relations perspective.
NFL owners support for Goodell has been eroding since Spygate and definitely took a hit when U.S. Federal Judge Richard Berman ruled against the NFL in regards to the suspension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The problem is that Goodell’s contract is through March 2019. So, it will be very costly to replace Goodell, which means that the two will have to find some way to coexist for the time being.
As for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, he was a coach that was renowned for his defenses, but now will be known as the greatest cheater in all of professional sports and will most unlikely get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Things will get tricky when it comes to Brady. The selection committee for the Hall of Fame will be debating this question for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, because Brady has performed great after Spygate broke.
So, is Brady worthy of the Hall of Fame?
It’s pretty clear that the Patriots won the three Super Bowls from 2000-2008 by cheating. All one has to look is at the three Super Bowls since. In three games they lost twice to the New York Giants and should have lost a third as we all know.
When it comes to statistics one could make a case for him. After Spygate Brady has thrown for 4,000 yards five times where before he only had two and secondly threw more than 30 touchdowns four times where before he only did once.
The biggest question of all is would Brady be Brady if he was on any other team?
There is a good possibility that Brady would be a starter for another team, but there’s serious doubt about that. Brady got a clear advantage as a starter in his second year as Belichick was able to minimize some of his mistakes by knowing what the defense was going to do. What I mean by that is if the Patriots didn’t know what the defense was doing, there is a good that Brady could have made some key mistakes in his first year as a starter that could have changed the course of it dramatically.
As for Specter, his instincts proved to be correct. Spygate was much bigger than what anyone was led to believe, but will congress call for a congressional inquiry?
There is a good chance this could happen. We are in the middle of Presidential nomination cycle and so far billionaire businessman Donald Trump is in front of his fellow republicans. So, it wouldn’t be surprising if one of them jump on this piece of news.
In the end, until Belichick fesses up publicly to what type of cheating he has engaged in, this will be an ongoing issue for a long time.