When NFL fans argue about the greatest football coach of all time, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is always high on the list—and with good reason. To keep a team playing at the level the Patriots have for so many years is an incredible feat.
To do so, despite a revolving door of personnel (at some positions), has earned him a nickname among fans of opposing teams: Evil Genius—which he proved he is once again during Monday night’s beatdown of the New York Jets.
Patriots’ Evil Genius Amuses Himself by Toying With Flailing Jets
It has nothing to do with the outcome, of course. The Jets were not expected to put up a fight and didn’t. No, it had to do with a sequence of events that occurred during the fourth quarter.
Holding on to a 33-0 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Patriots lined up to punt – and you know the rest of the story. Seemingly to give his punter a little more space, Belichick had the team take a delay of game penalty. But the Jets declined, so on the next play, he had someone jump—and Jets head coach Adam Gase declined that penalty as well.
The Monday Night Football crew had a camera on Belichick, and it looked like he was fighting to hold back a smile…maybe even a laugh?
Bill Belichick Out-Brained Mere Mortal Adam Gase
We expect Bill Belichick to coach a game from start to finish and to have his players play their best until the game is over, but this seemed downright evil—and maybe even a little disrespectful to mere mortal Adam Gase. But the move did what he wanted.