SniperShot wrote:How much of an advantage really could be gained with video taping your opponent? Don't teams change signals especially divisional opponents who play each other twice a year? There's no time to figure anything out midgame. I also find it ironic how the Jets, and more importantly former New England coach Eric Mangini would catch Belichick doing this... HMMM...
You don't think that (in the least) studying defensive calls at halftime for use late in a potentially close game would give them an advantage?? HMMM....
I am also not saying that THIS game was close. I am just not stupid enough to think that this was the first time. When they decided to do this, they had no way of knowing that it would be a blowout.
I never said I didn't think in the least it wouldn't give them an advantage. I was wondering just how
much of an advantage it gives them.
Say Belichick's video crew burns a CD in 3 minutes, shows it to the Pats defensive (or offensive) core and instructs Mike Vrabel/Tom Brady that when the Jets show a fist it means this . . . when the Jets show 3 fingers it means this . . . (all during HALFTIME?) What if the Jets change signals at halftime so when they come out in the 2nd half everything is reversed? A fist that means blitz in the 1st half means drop back into the secondary in the 2nd half... 3 fingers means bomb it deep in the 1st half means hand it off in the 2nd half. Any smart NFL team will make signal guessing next to impossible and having a video could
help, but by just how much who knows.
I really think this story got so big because Mangini is a crybaby and wanted some revenge.
The "Video Man" for the Pats got yanked in the 1st quarter and the Pats still owned the Jets...
Now don't get me wrong video taping opponents on the sidelines is prohibited and is cheating and wrong and Belichick will get fined big time for this. But for people to start questioning the Pats dynasties are insane if they think this is the reason they won 3 Super Bowls under Belichick. People who accuse this "taping" of tainting what the Pats have accomplished on the football field are nuts. All coaches attempt to figure out their opponents signals, that's what all the covering up their mouth with the playchart, holding up towels, giving your defense 3 signals and letting players on the field decide which 1 to do seconds before the ball is snapped... Football is a complex game and sure taping could give you an advantage but if it's a 26 mile race and you've got a 15 foot head start just how much is that going effect the outcome? Will it effect it enough to throw Belichick's super bowls out the window? Absolutely not.
I'm just trying to keep things in perspective here.