Goodell on the spot

During his brief time in charge of the NFL, Roger Goodell has proved he will come down hard on misbehaving players. But will he do the same with rule breaking coaches?

New England coach Bill Belichick was caught red-handed Sunday deploying a Patriot employee on an espionage mission designed to videotape the Jets defensive signals.

"I mean everytime we showed something, he [Brady] had the right check at the time" Jets safety Kerry Rhodes said. "But that can be a compliment to him being smart, like he is, never know."

Belichick has since issued a statement owning up to, and apologizing, for his sins. Well, sort of.

"Earlier this week, I spoke with Commissioner Goodell about a videotaping procedure during last Sunday's game and my interpretation of the rules." Belichick said. "At this point, we have not been notified of the league's ruling. Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players. Following the league's decision, I will have further comment."

Although no statement has been released from the commissioner's office, it has been rumored that Goodell has already determined that Belichick, and the Patriots, did in fact break the rules and will be disciplined for their actions. Goodell now finds himself in an interesting position.

He has gone above and beyond the disciplinary actions of the past NFL regime to prove that players unable to conduct themselves within the rules will be dealt with harshly. Now the question becomes, will the Commissioner have the fortitude to stand toe-to-toe with arguably the greatest coach in NFL history, and his powerful owner, and do the same?

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