When asked if the Patriots' 2007 season had been tainted by the cheating scandal, Rhoden responded, "In a way, in a way. They were caught ... cheating ... The larger question is does this hurt Belichick in Coach of the Year voting? And frankly, I've got to say, I wouldn't vote for him. There has to be punishment somewhere..."
And then King, doing his best John Kerry - 2004, started talking:
You know what ... I've thought about that an awful lot. I'm one of the 50 voters for the AP All Pro team and the postseason awards. I've thought about it a lot over the last couple of weeks.So let's see: King was against Belichick before he was for him. Got that?
My vote is going to come down to Bill Belichick or Mike McCarthy. Yes, my vote will be affected by Belichick being sanctioned more -- heavier than any coach in NFL history. In the end, I'm not going to let that not vote -- I'm not going to let that determine whether I vote for him or not. It's going to be a factor in it, but I have not eliminated Belichick from consideration. And frankly, I'm leaning towards voting for him on Monday.
Look, I'm not saying Belichick won't win -- in fact, here's what I wrote last month: "Unless he gets caught with HGH, I don't see it happening. If the Pats go 16-0, there's no way he's not Coach of the Year. No matter how much you think New England cheated."
But how is King's vote going to be affected by the scandal when he admits he'll likely vote for Belichick in two days? Huh?