You Should Have Armed Yourselves NFL
My favorite Western of all time is Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven.” It follows the story of a retired gunslinger by the name of William Munny (played perfectly by Eastwood). Munny is quite possibly the biggest badass in the Western Genre over the last 30 years. At the end of the movie, Munny is seeking revenge against Little Bill (played by Gene Hackman) for killing his friend Ned (played by Morgan Freeman–is it any surprise this thing won an Oscar for Best Picture?). Munny obliterates everyone against all odds. Well, as this NFL offseason has made clear, Bill Belichick has gone full William Munny.
Pundits everywhere are astounded by how aggressive Belichick has been this offseason: top cornerback? Sure. Sub pass rushing end? Yup. Hell, why not add one of the best young wide receivers in the game to an already dominant offense? Good idea. The Patriots, the team that just won the super bowl last year and for the second time in the last three seasons, ARE BETTER OFF RIGHT NOW THAN ANY TIME SINCE 2007!!!
This is no coincidence.
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Bill Belichick Wants Perfection
Bill Belichick is the master at taking perceived slights and turning them into advantages. That 2007 year when they rewrote record books? That was his response to Spygate. Everyone thought last year’s team and super bowl victory was the response to Deflategate. No… THIS season is his response to Deflategate. Belichick does not just want to win, he wants to erase any thought you might have of victory when you play the Patriots, the same way William Munny wanted to make sure nobody would entertain any idea of coming after him.
If you think of Belichick as Munny and Tom Brady as Ned, this offseason makes sense. Belichick was furious with the way the NFL treated Tom Brady, unfairly and unjustly (and without any scientific evidence or proof) suspending him for four games. While the NFL tried to kill off Tom Brady, they failed, and the Patriots still won the super bowl. Now though Belichick has plenty of cap space (guns) and all the right pieces in places (ammunition) to grab another one.
The question though is, “if you have already won five super bowls as a coach, how do you one up yourself?” The answer lies in that 2007 season. The Patriots went undefeated in the regular season in 2007 and were an Asante Samuel drop from notching a perfect season. THAT is what Belichick wants.
Belichick wants more than just another super bowl. He wants perfection. This is a coach who constantly achieves the unthinkable with his teams. He is an NFL historian who is constantly worried about his legacy, and the only thing he has not achieved is that perfect season. Everyone forgets he had the best scoring defense in the NFL last season, so what does he do? Gets the best free agent corner, brings back his run-stuffing defensive tackle and has a better than average shot at returning his middle linebacker. While Belichick restocked and upgraded defensively, he did the same offensively by bringing in Brandin Cooks, AND more than likely gets back the most versatile weapon in football in a healthy Rob Gronkowski.
The only way Belichick can improve upon his already sterling legacy is by going 19-0. He was tantalizingly close before and thinks he can do it again. Belichick wants perfection the same way William Munny wanted vengeance. Munny sure got his and then some. Last season Roger Goodell took a shot at Brady & Belichick while the rest of the NFL looked on and did nothing… but Goodell only inflicted a flesh wound. This offseason Belichick has gone full Munny; he just cocked his rifle and is now pointing it right at the heart of the NFL… and nobody is safe:
“I’m coming out. Any man I see out there I’m gonna kill him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me: I’m not only kill him, I’m gonna kill his wife, and all his friends, burn his house down.”