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Pats' losing streak adds to tough times for Belichick

Posted: Tuesday November 14, 2006 10:33AM; Updated: Tuesday November 14, 2006 2:58PM
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A difficult month for Bill Belichick didn't get any better when he lost to his former protege Sunday at New England.
A difficult month for Bill Belichick didn't get any better when he lost to his former protege Sunday at New England.
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The NFL's resident genius, Bill Belichick, who even in the best of times has the air of a tortured, brooding Ahab, has had a rough couple of weeks.

It goes beyond New England's consecutive home losses to the undefeated Colts and the hated Jets. On Oct. 28 Belichick's son, Stephen, 19, was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana, for which the young man, who had no previous run-ins with the law, was sentenced in a Boston-area court to six months probation.

That, unfortunately for New England's coach, gave renewed life to a series of articles in Boston Herald gossip columns and various blogs reminding readers that Stephen wasn't the only Belichick family member with legal problems. Belichick himself is waiting to be subpoenaed for a deposition in a rancorous divorce proceeding in New Jersey, in which Belichick has been identified as the "other man" by an angry Vincent Shenocca, a construction worker from Morristown.

In court papers Shenocca has alleged that Belichick has had a long-time relationship with his wife, Sharon, a 41-year-old mother of two who worked as a receptionist for the New York Giants in the mid-1980s, when Belichick was an assistant coach under Bill Parcells. Belichick, who has been separated from his wife, Debby, since '04, has thus far refused to comment on the alleged affair, but has been ordered by Morristown family court judge Thomas Manahan to make himself available for questioning and be prepared to produce credit card receipts and financial statements that involve payments to Sharon Shenocca or her family over the past five years. It could be messy business.

Anyone who knows Belichick knows that even with those personal problems hanging over his head, he's still able to focus on football. No one doubts he's had the Patriots mentally and physically prepared each of the last two weeks, when the Pats lost to the Colts, 27-20, and, on Sunday, to the New York Jets, 17-14. It was the first time they've been beaten back-to-back in 57 games, just three shy of the all-time record of 60, set by the San Francisco 49ers between '95-99.

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