Spygate and the New England Patriots, Installment 29

Spygate continues, and nobody likes that more than the New York Times. They have been at this story when everyone else gave up on it. They do not want it to die. They have enough unanswered questions for it to deserve continued coverage, especially when the owner chimes in on the subject.

What is interesting is that Matt Walsh claims he signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) while under the employment of the New England Patriots. The Patriots do not even bother addressing such an issue. My guess is that (1) Walsh did sign an NDA (2) he does not have a copy anymore (3) New England has a copy (4) it is filed away in some place they do not even know exactly where and (5) this is more than awfully convenient for the Patriots and the NFL. It is obvious that without Specter this would have died a quiet death many moons ago. In fact, it did EXACTLY that! But the pot got stirred up again a few months ago; Specter/Comcast and the media are clearly the only ones who really care about it coming out.

I will never forget that Patriots run. The Patriots proved me dead wrong that season. I kept saying they were going to get unmasked, that other teams would knock them off. Remember, this was the year of the infamous tuck play, where a Brady fumble versus the Raiders was ruled a non-fumble. And of course this was the year where a resurgent Greatest Show on Turf Rams team was two touchdown favorites over the seemingly weaker Patriots. This is how the Belichick Genius Legend began. Until the allegations of cheating, I was always quietly impressed by how they engineered that victory. If it was cheating, it would answer a lot of questions for me. And for many others.

2 Responses to “Spygate and the New England Patriots, Installment 29”

  1. Daniel Says:

    What I don’t get, though, is what exactly would a team show in its walkthrough? I’ve listened to guys on ESPN radio and stuff, and specifically Mike Golic from the morning show, he was a football player and he’s said that he doesn’t know what the Patriots would have even gotten from taping a walkthrough. I don’t think this is nearly as big a deal as people want it to be. Also, taping a coordinator’s signals? The coordinator is on the field, everyone can see him. If a team can take a look at the signals he’s making, figure them out, and incorporate that into a game plan DURING a game, that is thoroughly impressive.If you’re telling me that the Patriots did that, then that makes me think Belichick is even a better coach than everyone thinks.I do understand that, if it’s against the rules, that means it’s against the rules and people shouldn’t do it. It just sounds like a dumb rule to me.

  2. Andy F. Says:

    From what I understand, the Rams had new plays that the Pats (or anyone else) should not have seen before the Super Bowl, yet were able to be in the correct checkdown priority to know where the ball was going. Also, as I understand it, the Rams had their red zone offense/defense(?) in the walkthrough also. A walkthrough is your gameplan, it is an emphasis on the kinds of things you want to accomplish vs. a particular opponent. From listening to players like Warner and other Rams players, it sounded significant enough IF it was done.

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