Peyton’s a great player,We’ve had tremendous battles with him through the years. There’s no player off our team I have more respect for than Peyton Manning. His preparation, his consistency, his skills, I would never, ever, ever underestimate him under any circumstances.

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick

On This Day:
10/17/99

Bill
Belichick’s defense held Peyton Manning to one touchdown drive, but the 2nd
year quarterback was able to lead 3 other drives that resulted in field goals
as his team beat the New York Jets 16-13, with Mike Vanderjagt breaking the
13-13 tie with :14 seconds to go in the game.

Manning
finished 21/35 for 210 with a touchdown pass to Terrance Wilkins(22) and an
interception.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/199910170nyj.htm

On This Day:
9/20/98

Peyton
Manning got his first taste of a Bill Belichick defense as he faced the team he
could have easily been playing for had he decided to forgo his senior year at
Tennessee.

It
turned out to be one of his worst losses of his career losing 44-6.

Manning
finished the day 20/44 for 193 yards and a pair of interceptions.

The
silver lining is that the hit by Mo Lewis shown above didn’t start the Kelly
Holcomb era like a hit by Lewis did a few years later.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/199809200nyj.htm

Random Thoughts on deflategate:

  • It is blatant cheating. Just like a pitcher scuffing a baseball
  • They will get another slap on the wrist just like spygate.
  • Fines here and there and maybe a draft pick
  • It falls on the Quarterback as much as the coach/staff, since they are the ones who use the balls, and either work them up on their own or have the ball boys work them up.
  • It had little if any bearing on the ass whipping 18’s former team took on Sunday.
  • If it were any of the 31 other teams it wouldn’t be as big of a deal simply because the Patriots have a history of cheating and pushing the rules to and beyond the max.

What should happen?

Belichick

The NFL should take a stand and suspend Belichick for the Super Bowl, and half or all of next year. He’s the head coach, he’s the one that is responsible for everything that happens on the field just as Sean Payton was when it was the piece of shit Gregg Williams running his career long bounty program.  Of course Belichick would also receive the 500k max fine.

Bob Kraft

Fine him the 500k, just as they did Jim Irsay, which will be like one of us dropping losing a quarter out of a whole in our pants pockets.

Patriots Team

Another max fine(another lost quarter), You take away the #1 pick and you take away 5-10 million in cap space.

Money is irrelevant to the team/owner/coach. Taking the game away from the coach, and taking draft picks/cap space is the only legitimate way to penalize an NFL franchise.

Tom Brady

He won’t be/shouldn’t be formally penalized unless there was video proof of him being the one to physically let the air out of the balls(Video in New England?  Not like that), but he will simply receive another layer of taint on his accomplishments, because we all know this wasn’t the first time it happened. They wouldn’t “experiment” with something new on that big of a stage.  Just like spygate, it likely happened for the bigger part of the decade/time in New England.

Time will tell what happens.