Last week SI published a poll of NFL players that said Rex Ryan was the coach guys most want to play for.   And for the life of me I can’t make sense of it.  All I can figure is they watched him on Hard Knocks grabassing his star players and they see him at the podium every week yukking and guffawing it up with the adoring New York press and it must look like fun to play for him.  But when you watch Belichick  in action, getting down into the nuts & bolts of coaching his players up… schemes, reads, tendencies, situational football… and you have to think that he would be a million times better to play for.  A guy who’s got no interest in the cameras or hearing his own voice or making the back page of the tabloids or lining up a TV gig.  Just someone who knows how to put you in the best position to win.  I’m convinced that if SI took a poll among serious, hard core football lifers…  guys who truly love the game and aren’t just there to get rich and bone groupies… The Hooded One would win unanimously.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to light some candles, put on my silk pajamas, queue up Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello”  and watch this video again.  This time I’m going to time it for the 3:30 mark when Belichick is saying “Oh, yes.  Yyyyes!  Love it!!!”