Belichick's brand of coaching is nothing new

Bill Belichick is ruthless, demanding and divisive -- no wonder he ticks off everyone outside of New England. But the man on the Pats' sideline is carrying on a star-spangled tradition that stretches back more than 100 years.

Originally Published: January 11, 2008
By Tom Farrey | ESPN The Magazine

Why is Bill Belichick such a complete jerk?

Unless you live in New England, you may have pondered this question in 2007.

It's not just the piling up of wins before ever-larger audiences that engenders so much loathing. It's the way he wins. It's Spygate. It's those surly postgame handshakes. The running up of scores. The jones for retribution against all perceived enemies. And that face, that stone face, the one that greets the cameras before and after every ...

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