It's suspected around NFL circles that New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick is a notorious and habitual cheater. Most recently his quarterback has been in the news because of deflated balls. The theory behind deflating footballs is a better grip, not only for the quarterback, but by ball carriers as well. The lack of fumbles by New England's running backs is well documented, and while Belichick is technically off the hook in this latest scandal, it's hard to believe that he had no idea what was going on.
Prior to this, Belichick was busted for video taping the Jets sideline in 2007, which led to a fine of a half a million dollars. This wasn't the only time the Pats were accused of illegal bugs or video taping.
Recently on the Dan Patrick Show, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy told the story of he and then QB Peyton Manning discussing the game-plan in the hallway whenever they visited New England for fear of illegal listening devices.
"I know that that is very true, and, you know, as Peyton talked to guys who played for the Patriots, some of the guys who came over — whether it's true or not he treated it as true. We didn't have a lot of strategy discussions inside the locker room there," Dungy said.
Earlier today on the Dan Patrick Show, former Chicago Bears' quarterback Jim McMahon flat out called Belichick a liar.
The two crossed paths when McMahon was signed by the Browns in 1995. Belichick was the head coach of Cleveland then and McMahon was trying to make the team as a reserve QB. When asked by Patrick about the recent Patriots scandal McMahon didn't sugar coat anything.
"Anything that has to do with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, I could care less."
"I was with Bill in Cleveland in 1995, he lied to me right to my face, so I never trusted him after that. So all this stuff that happened, I'm sure he was right in the middle of it."
He goes on to explain that Belichick told him they had to cut him after training camp, but they would bring him back to Cleveland in one or two weeks. McMahon said that Belichick and the Browns intended to pay him while he was sitting out, so McMahon moved his family to Cleveland.
The Browns never ended up paying McMahon or bringing him back. He ended up signing with the Packers later that season and he played two more years with them.
But as for Belichick,
"I know he's a liar, and cheating ain't far behind I would think."
You can check out the full Jim McMahon interview below.