Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/12/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
All he had to do was ask, just inquire and maybe he wouldn’t be in this mess. Sean Payton is a good friend of Bill Belichick. In the 2010 preseason, they had their teams practice for a week together and share a lot of coaching notes. What didn’t get shared were Belichick's “Goodell notes,” and that was a big mistake. In 2007, Bill Belichick was caught on what is now known as “Spygate,” where the Patriots were caught videotaping team's defensive signals. The outrage was swift, and before you could say Pat Patriot, Roger Goodell came down swooping off his newly settled perch. If you need a little refresher, here you go: The New England Patriots were penalized by the NFL for videotaping New York Jets defensive coaches' signals during a September 9, 2007 game from an unapproved sideline location. A deed deemed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be in violation of league rules. After an investigation, the NFL fined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick $500,000 (the maximum allowed
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