It’s no secret the Jets and Patriots are two organizations that aren’t on the best of terms. And after the stunt the Patriots reportedly pulled at the Meadowlands on Sunday, the relationship might have just taken a turn for the worse.
According to a Meadowlands source, a member of the Patriots organization, with a credential issued by the team, was spotted by Jets security chief Steve Yarnell shooting near the New York bench. And according to the stadium source, when questioned by Yarnell, the unnamed individual said that he was put up to it by the Patriots.
The cameraman was reportedly accused by Yarnell of shooting the Jets' signals that were being sent by the coaches from the sidelines.
The source says that the NFL is being made aware of this accusation.
If this is true, the Patriots could be subject to a serious punishment from the league office.
Did you see the guys holding up towels in front of the defensive coordinator when he was signalling in the plays? I usually don't pay much attention to these stories, but there was definately something going on in that game.
Boston Herald wrote:The allegations continue a pattern of behavior the league was made aware of during the first month of last season, when NBC’s Charley Casserly reported the Pats had been accused of stealing signs in one of their first four games. Later that season, multiple sources in Green Bay confirmed the Pats had done the same thing, providing some vivid detail.
During that Nov. 19 game, a man identifying himself as a Patriots employee asked a security guard if he could shoot footage of Lambeau Field prior to the game and permission was granted. Just before the game, he requested to stay on the sidelines to film quarterback Tom Brady for the coaching staff. However, he was soon spotted filming the Packers’ defense and signaling Patriots coaches.
A member of the Packers’ security staff witnessed the exchange and asked him to leave. He retreated to the tunnel where the players exit the field, continued filming, and appeared to be communicating with the coaches via hand signals. At that point, he was escorted out of the stadium.
Wow, surely I'm missing something because that sounds like blatant cheating. Article says they could lose a draft pick. I'd think the NFL would come down harder than that given their seriousness these days. Especially since for once the conduct actually concerns the NFL...
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Boston Herald article (point from Rotoworld) says this happened last year but the other team (Packers) didn't file a complaint. Surely I'm missing something, because it sounds like blatant cheating. Article says they could lose a draft pick. Seems like the NFL would take a harder line than that given their concern with player's off-the-field issues...
I heard about this on the way home today. Apparently the camera operator was escorted out of the stadium by packers security. I don't know why they didn't pursue it further. Also, I heard the NFL is investigating whether or not there was tampering by the patriots with the jets' helmet radio frequency
I sincerely hope these allegations are false and either speculation or the grumblings of sore losers, but if these are true, and the Pats have on any occasion blatantly cheated, that pretty much invalidates Belichek's entire career as far as I'm concerned. You would never know how often or to what extent it occurred, thus everything he's ever done would be suspect.
I really would be disappointed if they were cheating, because I always respected the Pats for coming out and just playing better than their opponent time after time. I'd hate to wonder whether or not they really did play better.