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November 8, 2012

Another first round KO for Belichick

FOXBORO — Two of the dumbest, diverging statements about Bill Belichick flickered through the radio waves this week.

First, there was the assertion from the Sporting News and its poll of current NFL players that Belichick was the No. 2 “most overrated” coach in the NFL.

Then, there was the typical Boston sports reaction, noting that he is the best coach in the game.

I find both statements ridiculous. It might be physically impossible to actually overrate Belichick and what he’s accomplished here.

But, the best in the game right now? Not when Tom Coughlin is still working the sidelines down at MetLife Stadium.

Why is coaching such an issue right now?

The Patriots, at 5-3, enter Sunday’s tilt coming off the bye week.

Belichick vs. Buffalo’s Chan Gailey on any week remains a slam dunk. With the Pats coming off the bye? You’re talking a carving worth tuning into Sunday here at Gillette Stadium.

Gailey, per usual, sounds like his usual lamb self, being led to another Belichick slaughter.

“The majority of this team has been here for less than three years so they do not know (the history),” said Gailey, who has to know that with the Pats Belichick has gone 22-3 vs. the Bills and their fearless leaders like Gailey, Dick Jauron, Wade Phillips and Mike Mularkey. “They just know that they have a big job in front of them as far as going in there and winning a tough game on the road. We have been able to win on the road a couple of times this year, so that is not something that is new to us—being able to go and try to win on the road. We played pretty good for the first quarter last year, so if you can turn that into three quarters you give yourself a chance.”

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