As soon as I read this, I knew I had to post it here, email all my friends and put it up as an away message for all to see. Someone from ColdHardFootballFacts.com wrote an article featured on SI that essentially picks apart Belichick's legacy as a defensive genius, mainly because of all the breakdowns at huge moments. Honestly the article probably goes a bit further than it needs to, but it proves a good point. I also have a hard time swallowing Brady praise but it's appropriate. Here are a couple quotes to whet your appetite:
"Despite Belichick's reputation as a defensive mastermind, his defenses have habitually reserved their worst performances for the biggest moments in the biggest games. In fact, Belichick has overseen some of the greatest defensive catastrophes in modern NFL history, a series of gridiron Hindenburgs that explode live on national television year after year as all of New England cries out for humanity"
"Indy's victory begets a simple question: Can you be a defensive genius when your defense suffers the greatest meltdown on American soil since Three Mile Island?"
I really hope this starts to stick out as his legacy. His last two playoff exits came in the worst possible defensive meltdowns. Every pats fan should know this.