Willie McGinest: DeflateGate Doesn’t Affect Bill Belichick’s Legacy (Video)

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While some are framing Bill Belichick as a maniacal mega-villain who should be harshly punished, Willie McGinest doesn’t see it that way.

In fact, the former New England Patriots linebacker, who played under Belichick for six seasons, had this to say when Sarah Davis asked him Thursday on “NESN Live” if DeflateGate will affect the Pats head coach’s legacy.

“I don’t think it affects it at all,” McGinest said. “If you look at how the man coaches — one of the smartest coaches to ever coach in the NFL, the way he’s been able to assemble rosters and win with the talent that he has … to coach both sides, unlike a lot of coaches, they’re one-dimensional. I just think he’s one of the greatest, and if he continues to win, he’ll end up being the greatest coach to ever coach in the NFL.”

McGinest even thinks the whole controversy will motivate the Patriots to beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, rather than distract them.

“Well, it’s a distraction for you guys,” McGinest said. “It’s not a distraction for the Patriots. That’s one team that regardless of what goes on, from the coaching staff to the players, they do a great job of blocking out outside noise and concentrating on the goal and putting all the focus and all the attention toward Seattle. … It’s just motivation. It’s just going to rile them up and get them going and give them that chip.”

Hear more from McGinest in the video above.

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