Because PR was against the Patriots and Goodell and the NFL had to make it look like they weren’t favoring he Patriots. You think Bellichek wasn’t deflating footballs and had no idea? The whole organization? Since when has Bellichek gotten suspended like Sean Payton? Very little attention was paid to the FUMBLING rate and balls, just Brady preferring them as if WRs don’t touch those same footballs and hold on to them.. Bellichek was getting grilled when it first happened regarding his legacy and Spygate..